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Our Facilitators

Believing in the power of poetry as healer, Poetic Medicine Facilitators create a space for each person to slow down, reflect on, learn from, and own their sacred stories. Our facilitators encourage participants to become more mindful, and able to notice, accept, and attend to their own thoughts and reality. They nurture an environment of non-judgmental kindness and curiosity so participants can learn new skills and cultivate their own gifts of writing and sharing poetry.

Students learn the basics of shifting and centering. They learn to notice their own thoughts and how to choose to respond rather than react to their thoughts. They learn the freedom of writing poetry as a tool for self-discovery and the joy of doing so in an atmosphere of openness, collaboration, and community.

Susan O’Connell
Susan O’Connell

Pacific Northwest

"Opening the Mystic Heart Through Poetry"

Geoff Oelsner
Geoff Oelsner

Fayetteville, Arkansas

"Poetry of Nature"

Remembering Martha Ward
Remembering Martha Ward

Austin, Texas

"Poetry as a Tool for Wellness"

Cathey Capers
Cathey Capers

Austin, Texas

"Poetry as a Tool for Wellness"

Meredith Heller
Meredith Heller

California

"Heartbeat Poetry" and "Body Language" and "Writing by Heart"

Tara Broderick
Tara Broderick

Cleveland, Ohio

"Words that Heal"

Prosline Saint-Armand
Prosline Saint-Armand

New Jersey

"RiseUp!"

Krista Wissing-Harrison
Krista Wissing-Harrison

California

"The Rediscovery Project"

Lisa DeVuono
Lisa DeVuono

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Club House Project"

Brian Sunset
Brian Sunset

Eugene, Oregon

"Writing Our Relationship with Trees" and "Writing from the Edge: Poems of Empowerment"

Kim Nelson
Kim Nelson

"Poetry Workshops for Youth Affected by Incarceration"

Athena McClendon
Athena McClendon

Austin, Texas

"Poetry as a Tool for Wellness"

NanLeah
NanLeah

Olympic Peninsula

"Poetry of Nature"

Jacinta White
Jacinta White

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

"Poetry Heals"

Merna Ann Hecht
Merna Ann Hecht

Vashon Island, Washington

"Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices, a Poetry Project"

Magdalena Montagne
Magdalena Montagne

Corralitos, California

"WisdomVerse"

Cyra Dumitru
Cyra Dumitru

San Antonio, Texas

"In the Shelter of Poetry"

James Elsaesser
James Elsaesser

Newton, New Jersey

"RiseUp!"

Annie Holden
Annie Holden

Cleveland, Ohio

"Finding Voice Poetry Workshop"

Ashleigh Glass
Ashleigh Glass

Charlotte, North Carolina

"Embracing Uncertainty"

Cindy Washabaugh
Cindy Washabaugh

Cleveland, Ohio

"Who We Are"

John Fox
John Fox

Mountain View, California

"Seven Gifts" "Poems of Witness" "A Single Line" "Responding to Shockwaves"

Kristin Thompson
Kristin Thompson

Austin, Texas

"Poetry as a Tool for Wellness"

Lisha Garcia
Lisha Garcia

San Antonio, Texas

"Poetic Medicine and Social Justice"

E.D. Watson
E.D. Watson

Central Texas

"Poetic Medicine and Social Justice"

Wayne Gilbert
Wayne Gilbert

Denver, Colorado

"Metaphor Medicine" and "Unlocked Poetry"

Judith Prest
Judith Prest

Schenectady, New York

"Finding Our Voices"

Tonia Lyon
Tonia Lyon

Charlotte, North Carolina

"Embracing Uncertainty"

Samantha Overbay
Samantha Overbay

Charlotte, North Carolina

"Embracing Uncertainty"

Jim Hornsby Moreno
Jim Hornsby Moreno

San Diego, California

"Project Star"

Birch Dwyer
Birch Dwyer

Portland, Oregon

"Word Fire"

Diane Kaufman
Diane Kaufman

Hillsboro, Oregon

"Life Lines"

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