Dear Tribe of Mat & Pen~
I hope this note finds you all well. I write with an invitation to an upcoming workshop The Art of Alchemy: Poetry & Sustainability in a 21st Century World, and with news that I've recently had a handful of poems published in Berklee's FUSION magazine. A poet friend and mentor said something recently that resonated, how if you make something meaningful, you owe it to your art, yourself, and your community to share it. Some of you have asked me over the past year to read some of my poems, and I've kept them under lock and key while I've been birthing them into what has become my thesis. These poems embody my on-going exploration of the sacred in a beautiful & broken-open 21st century world. They're poems that write into the ways sacred, mundane & profane are doorways back into deeper connection with ourselves, our writing, each other, and something larger. In all the ways this world breaks us open, poetry offers us the opportunity to create ourselves more whole. These poems hope to speak to the ways we are connected by our shared humanity, alongside our unique differences of identity and individual self-expression.
On this same thread, I've been brain & body storming an offering where we can all gather and write into this exploration, talk poetry craft tools, and self-care practices. What might happen if we all created more sustainability for ourselves in our lives and our poem-making? If this sounds like a worthwhile investigation, I invite you to join me for
THE ART OF ALCHEMY: POETRY & SUSTAINABILITY IN A 21st CENTURY WORLD
In a fast paced 21st century world that challenges our ability to reconcile sacred alongside secular, how can embodiment practices & poetry alchemize the sacred, mundane & profane experiences of our heads and hearts into meaningful art? How can our life experiences and our creative writing connect us more deeply to ourselves, each other, and something larger? In the way that the body is a vessel for experience, poetry and creative writing are vehicles for expression, connection & emotion. We can use the awareness and expanded perspective we gain in combining mindfulness, embodiment practices, and self-compassion with our poetry to uncover our beauty, experience the innate sacredness of our humanity, and integrate the material of our lives more fully into a deepened sense of wholeness.
By the end of this workshop, you will have generated a few drafts of new poems, and learned new self-care skills to sustain your own creative writing practice. You will have continued to cultivate a relationship with your own authentic voice, and will have new tools to care for mind, body & spirit in a beautiful and overwhelming 21st century world.
DATE: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 5PM-8PM
INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF & YOUR POETRY: $75
LOCATION: A LOVELY BREATHER SPACE IN BOSTON
It's been exciting to hear from many of you that you're interested in a workshop combining these elements. Let's gather around the table with one another over paper and ink and connect with each other and our poetry while we support ourselves in the name of creative sustainability.
We'll limit the group to 12, so if you're in, drop me a line (just hit "REPLY") and reserve your spot today! If you're on this email, you are of the group that gets early access to this workshop. I'll open it up to others next week.
In Poetry & Creative Sustainability,