Mindfulness and Creativity in Poetry and Art

Date/Time:   *This class is currently being rescheduled

Greta Gaard, Ph.D. in English, MSW in Clinical Social Work & Mina Leierwood, M.A. in Education
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, both good writing and expressive art address life’s greatest questions through a grounded awareness of sensations, environments, other beings, and earthly elements. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice accompanied by the practices of reading and writing poetry, and creating art.

In the morning session, we will read short poems that use mindfulness as a lens on life itself — poems by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Lynn Ungar, David Wagoner, Naomi Shihab Nye — discussing these poems in terms of form, metaphor, sensory detail, rhythm and stanzas. The format alternates mindful poetry reading, reflection, discussion, and the practice of mindful poetry-writing.

In the afternoon session, participants will explore paper, ink, watercolor and assemblage to reflect and expound upon their written works. No artistic experience is necessary, only a sense of curiosity is needed. We’ll be learning to trust our intuitive, artist-selves, and with a little coaxing, your inner spirit is sure to come and play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a complementary pairing of poetry and art.

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The Art of Intuition and Vision Boards

Date/Time: Friday, April 5, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Rachel Bonin & Anne Meyer
In this class you will rediscover intuition and how to further develop it with practical tools. We will utilize intuition to create a vision board which will illustrate patterns of conditioning, beliefs, struggle, and limitation. You will connect to your soul’s desires, goals, and purpose. Join us to see what your soul has to say! Bring from home: favorite scissors and magazines/images or phrases

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The Invisible Art

Date/Time: Thursday, April 4, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This workshop will invite you to consider the importance of typographic principles in any printed or digital word communication. Do you create newsletters, posters, cards, forms, web pages and/or fonts? How do you encourage and help readers read what is presented in these media? What makes your communiqués readable? Come to share your interest in the invisible art of typography. Bring typographic projects, questions and samples.

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Writing Roundtable

Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays, January 22, February 26 & March 26, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date/Time: 2 Tuesdays, April 23, & May 28, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join with fellow writers to talk about craft, try a short exercise, and/or share work. Bring paper, pen, and a writing sample of up to 400 words to read. Readers will have approximately 3-7 minutes to read their material. Please notify the office when registering if you plan on reading. Bringing work is optional.

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