The Place You Already Are: Poetry as Medicine, a one-day circle of writing, connection and renewal with Mary Ann Moore
“Poetry can carry a burden,” poet Lorna Crozier has said. Whether you are new to poem writing or a seasoned pro, you will have an opportunity for replenishment and an honouring of your voice through the reading and writing of poetry. Begin with a memory, a theme or a few words from a poem and make a discovery in the writing of your own. “Poems are maps to the place where you already are,” poet Jane Hirshfield wrote. There are many ways to tell your story; poem-making is one of them. A labyrinth walk, where everything is a metaphor, will offer calm, rebalance and insight.
Mary Ann Moore brings her passion for poetry and for writing as a spiritual practice to the circles she offers. As a poet, writer and circle leader, she has twenty years of experience writing in community and finds great delight in seeing people awaken their creative potential. As well as day-long circles at Bethlehem Centre and elsewhere, Mary Ann offers six-week women’s writing circles called Writing Life. Mary Ann’s poetry, fiction and personal essays have appeared in chapbooks, literary journals, websites, anthologies, on CD and in a full-length book of poems, Fishing for Mermaids (Leaf Press, 2014). She writes a blog at www.apoetsnanimo.ca and offers a mentoring program called Writing Home: A Whole Life Practice which you can learn more about on her website: www.maryannmoore.ca.
The goals of this four-session program are:
- To provide a safe place for people to tell their stories.
- To find the still centre of ourselves and of the circle.
- To write what has heart and meaning for us.
- To realize our role as leaders in a circle of leaders.
- To remember the divine feminine and embrace our female and male teachers.
- To become a community of peers slowing down to a natural rhythm.