Complied by Kara L.C. Jones

We are very sorry to announce that these workshops have been cancelled for now. We hope to reschedule events for Spring 2002. In the meantime we pray for peace and healing in the world. Please feel to check John Fox's website for other workshops he'll be doing in other parts of the world.

Poetic Medicine Workshop, Friday, October 26th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Cancelled
Poetic Medicine Workshop, Saturday, October 27th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Cancelled


What is Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making About?
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John Fox’s Poetic Medicine workshop provides a supportive and safe place to express yourself within the container of a poem — allowing the essential elements distilled by your writing to be felt, explored and integrated.

Approached as transformational process, and especially when shared with others, poem-making is healing.

Poem-making is a tangible, creative act to reclaim and embody your voice, feelings, truth, and the particulars of your world. The workshop invites the fresh sensibility and playfulness we knew as children. It honors your unique, adult voice that has ripened over the years. The storms you have weathered, those times when you have thrived, the way the world has moved you — these deserve a place on the page.

Drawing from a splendid range of sources, you will experiment with poetic tools of metaphor, sound, rhythm, imagery and symbol as remedies to connect with your wholeness and live with greater heart. Poetic language and speaking that language aloud can act like a revived capillary to relieve numbness and return feeling to your life.

We will read poems by inspiring poets and explore writing exercises that tune us to a variety of experience, including: the poetry of earth and spirit, a life of feeling and relationship, the playfulness and power of language, a sense of community, the blessing of common things. We will explore how stillness and empathic listening deepen the act of writing.

Who Typically Attends the Workshop?

This course is for anyone interested in expressing their truth and creativity. It is useful to anyone in the therapeutic, medical, spiritual, holistic healing, and educational fields. It is valuable to community leaders. If you are just beginning to explore writing or have been writing for a long time, this work will encourage and refresh you.


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