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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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, three sessions in September and again 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

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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.

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


Writing Tuesdays: A Series

Writing Tuesdays invite you to explore your creativity in response to prompts and examples of published works where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. This summer series, on the 2nd Tuesday in June, July and August, are two hour sessions. It helps to maintain a writer’s journal so you’ll always have material at hand. Bring a favorite pen and notebook to record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment. Sharing is optional. Bring lunch, if  you wish. Bring your suit and towel to enjoy a dip in the pool after the workshop!

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 1-3pm

Summer Session-June 12, July 10, and August 14
Presenter: Karen Rippstein, CPT
Fee: $30 per session or $80 per Summer Series

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About the Presenter: 

Karen Rippstein is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet and creative writing teacher.  She teaches popular 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. Karen Lives in Cortlandt Manor, NY with her muse, Schnauzer pup, Addy Lynn.

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.

Time: Sat., Sept. 23, 11 am to 3:30 pm (includes hot lunch)
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 popular writing programs at Westchester Community College, senior centers, Divine Compassion Spirituality Center, poetry and creative writing workshops at Greenburgh Public Library, North Castle Public Library, 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 National Association of Poetry Therapy’s Journal of Poetry Therapy, NAPT Museletter, Letters from the Heart, Personal Journaling magazine, en(compass): The Poetry Caravan Anthology, Layers of Possibility Anthology, and A Slant of Light.  Karen lives in Cortlandt Manor, NY with her muse, a mini-schnauzer pup, Addy Lynn.

Writing Our Path to Peace

Allow nature and sacred space to hold your thoughts as you write your own path to inner peace. Use writing prompts to help you create a poem, journal entry, or another collage of words. Put your feelings on the page and transform them, in a supportive atmosphere, as we employ the power of language to cast our future in a new light.

Time:  Sat., February 25, 10:00 to 3:30 pm (includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Ann van Buren

Fee: $60

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About the Presenter

Poetry: Impulse to the HeartAnn van Buren is a teacher, librarian, and lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley. Her poems have been published in many  journals and in The Rumpus online. Educated at Columbia University and NYU, Ann has worked at schools and universities in the US and abroad and regularly facilitates poetry workshop. Ann also teaches poetry for The Amsterdam Writing Workshop, in the Netherlands.

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