The Art of Well-Being Weekend Retreat: Poetry of Presence

This weekend retreat with visiting poet David Keplinger, explores a creative path to presence through meditative poetry. Learn about how to make listening to, reading and/or writing poetry a meditation practice. We will explore the body as a vessel for the poem and nature as springboard for writing poetry. Guided meditations featuring the poetry of Mary Oliver, Marie Howe, Tich Nhat Hahn and James Wright will be combined with writing prompts for group exercises.

Well-being is a skill that can be learned and cultivated-no different than learning how to play the violin. The intimate link between well-being and meditation has been carefully studied by western scientists for decades now, revealing the potent benefits of developing the ability to be present. The traditional, tried-and-true meditation practices however, fail to engage many modern Americans.

Join us for this very special weekend retreat followed by The Art of Well-Being monthly series introducing creative adaptations of ancient meditation practices, more suitable to the needs of the modern American mind. The series will expand your understanding of the meaning of meditation and ways of practicing it on and off the cushion.  From October through March, starting with the weekend retreat and then (5) five consecutive retreat days, meeting on the 2nd Friday of each month. We will explore meditative poetry, visualization, free writing, contemplative and insight traditions, compassion practices, movement and working with the body. No meditation experience required.

 

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About the Presenters: David Keplinger is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Another City, chosen as one of the best new books of March 2018 by the Chicago Review (Milkweed, 2018), The Most Natural Thing (New Issues, 2013) and The Prayers of Others (New Issues, 2006), which won the Colorado Book Award. His first collection, The Rose Inside, was chosen by the poet Mary Oliver for the 1999 T.S. Eliot Prize. Keplinger has been awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funding from the DC Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Danish Council on the Arts, and a two year Soros Foundation fellowship. In 2011 he produced By and By, an album of eleven songs based on the poetry of his great-great grandfather, a Civil War veteran. He directs the MFA Program at American University in Washington, D.C. For a preview of Another City,  http://www.davidkeplingerpoetry.com/another-city-2018/

Amy Reyer, PhD, has introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Poetry: Doorway to Prayer

This writing workshop invites you to explore nature as healer, nature as delight, and nature as companion. Let the surroundings of Mariandale be your inspiration to paint words into a poetic rhythm of lyrical language. During the workshop, we’ll have writing prompts to explore the creative process as a spiritual path, where you’ll be able to connect with your inner wisdom and the sacredness of solitude.

Dates & Times: Sat., March 30, from 11am to 3:30pm
Presenter: Karen Rippstein
Fee: $60

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Exploring Epiphany through Poetry and Poem-Making Weekend Retreat

This moment of surprising yourself with your own words, or of being surprised by the poems of others, is at the heart of poetry as epiphany.  This experience of creative insight helps you to recognize in yourself a deeper, more resonant voice that has been discouraged, hidden away, or perhaps is yet to be discovered or rediscovered!

Please join us in this weekend retreat, as we explore the breadth and depth of “epiphany” (which comes from the Greek “epiphaneia,” meaning “appearance” or “manifestation.”) It refers to revelations given by the gods.

Some questions that are part of our exploration: Could letting go of self-judgment deepen my practice of listening to what God wants me to discover?

Please register early to reserve your spot; the weekend retreat is limited to 22 participants.

Date & Time: Fri., March 15 at 5pm through Sun., March 17 at 1pm
Presenter: John Fox
Fee: $250 (includes all meals and accommodations)

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About the Presenter:

John Fox, Poetry Therapist, is a poet, educator, and author. His books include, Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making (1995) and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making (1997). His work is featured in the 2008 PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine. John has taught as associate adjunct professor in CA. at Institutes and Universities over the last 25 years. He is President of The Institute for Poetic Medicine, a nonprofit, which provides poetry-as-healer to marginalized communities and people across the United States.

Coming Back to the Light: Finding Peace after Sexual Assault

What happens in the dark can be brought to the light.

This is a reflection and discussion session, developed to help women raise the memories of physical or sexual assault to the light.

Our goal is not to bury or burn those memories, but to raise them to the light to help, share support, and pave the way to healing.

Kacey Morabito Grean will lead a discussion and reflection session with women who have experienced physical or sexual assault. It will be geared toward helping women reclaim the lost parts of ourselves, and bring into the light the darkness seldom shared.

You do not have to share your story unless you wish to. Just come and let the light in, so that healing can begin through prayer, poetry, meditation, and music.

Day and Time: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, from 2pm to 4pm

Fee: $10

Presenter: Kacey Morabito Grean

Disclaimer: This is a discussion and reflection group, only. It does not replace therapy, counseling, or medical treatment for those suffering recent trauma.

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About the Presenter:

Kacey Morabito Grean is an advanced Reiki practitioner, inspirational speaker and host of the popular podcast “Shine On”. Reminding you that “You are a miraculous creature capable of great things” is at the heart of all she does.

 

October Writing Tuesdays

Explore your creativity in response to prompts where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. Bring a favorite pen and notebook, and record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment. Sharing is optional. This is an ongoing series in October. Bring lunch if you wish, or call ahead to reserve lunch in the dining room at noon for an additional fee of $12.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 1 to 3pm, October 16, 23, and 30, 2018

Presenter: Karen Rippstein
Fee: $90 for the series of three sessions

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About the Presenter

Karen Rippstein, is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet, and creative writing teacher. She teaches writing programs at colleges, senior centers, spirituality centers, libraries, and inter-generational programs at area schools. An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan, Karen has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines.

October Writing Tuesdays

Explore your creativity in response to prompts where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. Bring a favorite pen and notebook, and record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment. Sharing is optional. This is an ongoing series in October. Bring lunch if you wish, or call ahead to reserve lunch in the dining room at noon for an additional fee of $12.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 1 to 3pm, October 16, 23, and 30, 2018

Presenter: Karen Rippstein
Fee: $90 for the series of three sessions

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About the Presenter

Karen Rippstein, is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet, and creative writing teacher. She teaches writing programs at colleges, senior centers, spirituality centers, libraries, and inter-generational programs at area schools. An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan, Karen has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines.

October Writing Tuesdays

Explore your creativity in response to prompts where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. Bring a favorite pen and notebook, and record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment. Sharing is optional. This is an ongoing series in October. Bring lunch if you wish, or call ahead to reserve lunch in the dining room at noon for an additional fee of $12.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 1 to 3pm, October 16, 23, and 30, 2018

Presenter: Karen Rippstein
Fee: $90 for the series of three sessions

REGISTER NOW

About the Presenter

Karen Rippstein, is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet, and creative writing teacher. She teaches writing programs at colleges, senior centers, spirituality centers, libraries, and inter-generational programs at area schools. An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan, Karen has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines.

Rescheduled for April 5-7, 2019-The Art of Well-Being: Poetry of Presence Weekend Retreat

This weekend retreat with visiting poet David Keplinger, explores a creative path to presence through meditative poetry. Learn about how to make listening to, reading and/or writing poetry a meditation practice. We will explore the body as a vessel for the poem and nature as springboard for writing poetry. Guided meditations featuring the poetry of Mary Oliver, Marie Howe, Tich Nhat Hahn and James Wright will be combined with writing prompts for group exercises.

Well-being is a skill that can be learned and cultivated-no different than learning how to play the violin. The intimate link between well-being and meditation has been carefully studied by western scientists for decades now, revealing the potent benefits of developing the ability to be present. The traditional, tried-and-true meditation practices however, fail to engage many modern Americans.

Join us for this very special weekend retreat followed by The Art of Well-Being monthly series introducing creative adaptations of ancient meditation practices, more suitable to the needs of the modern American mind. The series will expand your understanding of the meaning of meditation and ways of practicing it on and off the cushion.  From October through March, starting with the weekend retreat and then (5) five consecutive retreat days, meeting on the 2nd Friday of each month. We will explore meditative poetry, visualization, free writing, contemplative and insight traditions, compassion practices, movement and working with the body. No meditation experience required.

 


About the Presenters: David Keplinger is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Another City, chosen as one of the best new books of March 2018 by the Chicago Review (Milkweed, 2018), The Most Natural Thing (New Issues, 2013) and The Prayers of Others (New Issues, 2006), which won the Colorado Book Award. His first collection, The Rose Inside, was chosen by the poet Mary Oliver for the 1999 T.S. Eliot Prize. Keplinger has been awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funding from the DC Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Danish Council on the Arts, and a two year Soros Foundation fellowship. In 2011 he produced By and By, an album of eleven songs based on the poetry of his great-great grandfather, a Civil War veteran. He directs the MFA Program at American University in Washington, D.C. For a preview of Another City,  http://www.davidkeplingerpoetry.com/another-city-2018/

Amy Reyer, PhD, has introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

 

 

 

Poetry: Doorway to Prayer

This writing workshop invites you to explore nature as healer, nature as delight and nature as companion. Let the surroundings of Mariandale be your inspiration to paint words into a poetic rhythm of lyrical language. During the workshop, we’ll have writing prompts to explore the creative process as a spiritual path where you’ll be able to connect with your inner wisdom and the sacredness of solitude.

Dates and Times: Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11 am to 3:30 pm

Presenter: Karen Rippstein

Fee: $50

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About the Presenter

Karen Rippstein, is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet, and creative writing teacher. She teaches writing programs at colleges, senior centers, spirituality centers, libraries, and inter-generational programs at area schools. An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan, Karen has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines.

A Retreat: Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves

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. You are invited to 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.

A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop: Open to all, Friday, August 31, from 7pm-9:30pm: Fee: $25 (Friday workshop only)

A Retreat For Writing Our Relationship With Trees: Friday, August 31, at 5pm to Sunday, September 2, at 1pm: Fee: $250 (whole weekend); includes all meals and overnight accommodations.

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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


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