A Retreat for Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Living Within the Sacred
In this weekend retreat, we will explore and strengthen our relationship with trees. We will slow down to listen to what these sacred beings can teach us. To make this journey, we will use poetry and poem-making as a way to express and describe this relationship with ourselves, one another, and within the larger context of living as stewards of this planet, express it as part of the fabric of the cosmos.
Please bring a story (or poem) about a single tree or a forest, or an orchard, or a grove of trees, whatever is significant to you, that has made a difference to you in your life, somehow changed how you see yourself and the world around you, including the cosmos. This poem can be yours or be written by someone else. I invite you to also bring a photograph of a tree.
The weekend retreat is limited to 22 registrations. Please register early to reserve your spot. This weekend retreat begins Friday evening at 5pm with dinner at 6pm. The Friday evening event, A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop, starts at 7pm.
“In our workaday world, we are no longer present to the natural world in any manner. We no longer see trees as other beings to commune with. We are not taught to make that connection, not encouraged to speak of trees this way”.~ Thomas Berry on Our Broken Connection to the Natural World
A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop: Open to all, Friday, August 31, 2018 from 7pm-9:30pm: Fee: $25 (Friday only)
A Retreat For Writing Our Relationship With Trees: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 5pm to Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 1pm: Fee: $250 (Whole Weekend) Includes all meals and overnight accommodations.
About the Presenter: John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University (formerly The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,) and Holy Names University, Oakland. He taught for twenty years as adjunct at John F. Kennedy University – first through the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and then since 1997 in the Arts & Consciousness Department. For more about John Fox, visit his website http://www.poeticmedicine.org/index.html