Sooner or later we have to take responsibility for the person
we were born to be.
Winter is a time of incubation and gestation, a time to touch down into soul and breathe its wisdom back up into the body for life in the new year. It is also a time to stand up and be visible in one’s sufficiency. Like bare trees in the early months of the year, we have the opportunity to dig down into the nourishment of the earth to stand in our authenticity against the winter sky.
In this workshop we will share poems and then write to them in whatever writing style most pleases each writer. The poems shared will be inspired by the work of Dr. Angeles Arrien and her study of the cross-cultural significance of the four seasons. According to Dr Arrien, many indigenous cultures considered winter to be the time of the warrior, offering us the opportunity to practice showing up and being present in our lives. Examples of our weekly themes include:
· With Pruner in Hand: Poems of Taking Stock
· Removing the Glittered Robe: Poems of Visibility
· The Raw Wind of the New World: Poems of Courage
· Now I Become Myself: Poems of the Inner Sovereign
· Take a Stand, Take a Knee: Poems of Social Justice
Absolutely no experience with poem-making is necessary, only a desire to connect to one’s heart and the heart of others. ALL genres of writing most welcome! Group size limited to eight participants.
To register or for more information about Poetic Medicine, please contact Birch Dwyer at:firstname.lastname@example.org
This series is the first of four to be offered throughout 2020, inspired by each season.
Feedback from past participants:
"I love these weekly groups because there’s always a moment where you feel ready to go deeper, and it’s so good. Then other women risk more as well. It’s magic. Thank you for your expert holding of space, and the nurturing environment. I don’t want it to end!" -Bonnie Minden Ward
"I loved Birch’s workshop. I liked her methods, which allowed more emotional response and allowed us all to go deeper. We all rode the waves smoothly with her compassionate and loving guidance. She always gives such beautiful feedback in writing circles, and that skill along with her skillful holding of the container make for a great experience." -Dr. Karen Waters
"I totally enjoyed the experience yesterday. It was invigorating to write as part of a circle of women, and you held the container so beautifully. I was surprised by the emotions provoked for me by the prompts and glad to have the information about myself. I especially appreciated the attention and encouragement you gave to each writer." -Lorraine Anderson