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We are here to awaken soulfulness in the human voice.  Our site offers voices and resources regarding the healing power of poetry. We are collectively dedicated to nurture and strengthen the human capacity to creatively connect to Self, Other, Community, the Natural World and the Divine.

 

This PBS documentary tells the stories of patients
whose lives have been dramatical

Across the wall of the world,
A River sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.

 

Give birth again
To the dream.

 

—Maya Angelou

from  On the Pulse of Morning

 

The Institute of Poetic Medicine offers tools and support to people to heal body, mind and spirit through the creative and therapeutic process of hearing, speaking and writing poetry.

 

The work of IPM flows in the deep current of these rivers:

  • We fund Poetry Partner Programs that bring poetic medicine to people often considered at the margins.
  • We offer a 3-year Certified Training program that provides certification in the practice of poetry-as-healer.
  • We provide multiple-ways to respond and  participate on-line as a way to grow an interactive IPM community.
  • We support John’s work throughout the US and internationally to teach, heal and promote the power of poetry to comfort and transform, inform and enrich both person and community.
  • We provide development in-services for those involved in helping professions such as pastoral care, medicine and education; we also provide inspiration and sustenance to community activists and organizers.
  • We are a resource center for the inspiring and useful ways poetry-as-healer makes a difference and applies to the varied facets of our lives.
  • Free Poetic Medicine Journal. A beautiful, inspiring and informative quarterly journal.

On this website you will find all of these “rivers” and we hope you will take some time to find what interests, moves and motivates you to make poetry more a part of your life.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 6 & 7, 2017 / Shaker Heights, OH
Public Talk/Mini-Workshop

Friday, October 6, 7:00–9:30pm

Contribution: $20

Retreat

Saturday, October 7, 10:00am–5:00pm

Contribution: $130 (Friday and Saturday)

Poems of Witness: Speaking the Truth, Going to the Heart with John Fox, CPT

A year-long program with Sally Hare and Professor Linda Pololi, Director, at
Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center.

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October 12 & 13, 2017 / Boston, MA

C - Change Mentoring Program
Cultural Change in Academic Medicine: C-Cam
Finding Joy In Work

A year-long program with Sally Hare and Professor Linda Pololi, Director

, at
Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center.

Closed Program
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October 20, 21 & 22, 2017  Carlsbad, CA

*Friday, October 20, 7 – 9:30 PM

Saturday, October 21, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sunday, October 22, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Contribution: $175

*Note: Public talk on Friday, October 20th is free and open to all

Poems of Witness: Speaking the Truth, Going to the Heart with John Fox, CPT

This year of 2017 asks us to speak up and speak out, and by doing this, strengthen a community of conscience and caring. Yet, within our country and living on this fragile planet, it is a challenge in the midst of heart-breaking social and political realities to express and give shape to YOUR unique voice; your poetic voice that is.

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE
Register Online
Visit Facebook Event

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October 27 - 29, 2017

Portland Oregon

Public Talk/Mini-Workshop
Friends Meeting House  - Friday: 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Poems of Witness: Going to the Heart, Speaking the Truth
Peg Edera’s Summerlin House

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 p.m.  and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This year of 2017 asks us to speak up and speak out, and by doing this, strengthen a community of conscience and caring. Yet, within our country and living on this fragile planet, it is a challenge in the midst of heart-breaking social and political realities to express and give shape to YOUR unique voice; your poetic voice that is.
DOWNLOAD BROCHURE
Register Online 
Visit Facebook Event
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