Poetry as Integrative Medicine

Because we have scattered and poetry helps us gather pieces into wholes. Because the right words, in the right order, heal. Because a word after a word after a word is power. (Margaret Atwood)

Because for millennia our peoples have sung, chanted and told stories to make meaning, mend, grow stronger, prevail.


This ongoing workshop series is for writers and aspiring writers, as well as healers, caregivers, teachers, spiritual leaders and anyone else wanting to integrate poetry into their personal or professional practice.


Each session includes the presentation of a poem (s) by a featured poet, followed by an appreciation and discussion of the text, and opportunity to generate your own language using a writing provocation. We’ll converse about the process, but offer no formal critique. Our intention is to illuminate the healing properties of poetry, and help you make your own poetic medicine.



Location: Thrive! Integrative Wellness

44 Maple Street, Florence

(Next to Cycle Pottery. Look for the red doors.)


Fall 2017 Schedule:

We’ll meet on Mondays, from 5-6pm.

October 30: The Poetic Medicine of Nayyirah Waheed

November 6: The Poetic Medicine of Warsan Shire

 November 13: The Poetic Medicine of Ocean Vuong 

November 20: The Poetic Medicine of Javier Zamora


Tea and handouts of all readings will be provided. Please bring a notebook and writing utensil. No previous experience required. All are welcome.

$120* for all four classes

$30* per class


Registration is not required, but much appreciated as it allows us to plan well. If you would like to sign up for this series, please enroll via this link.


We also offer a sliding scale for those of limited means*: $10-30 per class. No one turned away.

*What does “Limited Means” mean?

We offer a sliding scale payment option for those of low or fixed income. If you are able to pay the full fee, it goes as a long way to helping support the space, my teaching, and the other staff who make this workshop series possible. It is also a way of making sure this sort of gathering can continue to exist in this community. Running this series in this way is an experiment; if it proves sustainable, we will continue to offer this option in the future. Your integrity is appreciated.


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