Poetry as Integrative Medicine at Interlochen In October
I wanted to let you know about a new workshop that I’ll be teaching in northern Michigan next month: Poetry as Integrative Medicine
The right words, in the right order, can be medicine.
For millennia, humans have sung, chanted and told stories in verse to heal, make meaning, grow stronger and prevail.
Next month I will welcome readers and writers, as well as healers, caregivers, teachers, spiritual leaders and anyone else wanting to integrate poetry into their personal or professional practice, for this three day intensive beside Green Lake.
Together, we’ll read and discuss a selection of poems that illuminate the healing powers and properties of poetry. We will look at how poetry can help to “order the chaos,” enact transformation and show us the way toward a more integrated existence.
We’ll also use a range of improvisational writing exercises to generate some of our own language, which may lead you toward a poem, letter, prayer, elegy, sermon, essay or spell. In a much more basic sense, it will feel good. It will connect you to yourself and remind you of the role of the imagination, in personal and collective healing. No previous experience is required.
Poetry as Integrative Medicine
October 9-11, 2018
Interlochen College of Creative Arts
This is the last live workshop I’ll offer in Michigan this year. As you may know, I love most of all to gather in real life, especially beside a lake in the Michigan woods during peak color season. I hope you’ll consider joining me. Maybe you even have a friend or colleague who would want to accompany you?
*K-12 Educators: Earn 14 State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this workshop. More details here.
*Professors: Many institutions offer professional development funds. Use yours to take a writing workshop with me.
“I don’t believe that poetry can save the world. I do believe that the forces in us wish to share something of our experience by turning into something and giving it to somebody: that is poetry. That is some kind of saving thing, and as far as my life is concerned, poetry has saved me time and again.” Muriel Rukeyser