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Thanksgiving | Geoff Oelsner

A photo of sun rays coming down through clouds over a watery expanse with mountains far in the distance. A poem titled "Thanksgiving" by Geoff Oelsner is overlayed, reading: "Thank you is a cup I lift to toast us: / Thank you for our gathering / Thank you for appearing here this year / for showing your Original Face / for sharing the view from your window beyond time and space / for our common life-breath-- / our life-bread and thread of connection / for warmth we feed ourselves and silence when we meet / for transparencies we travel when we share the words we've written / Thank you for our gathering / for the spokes of its joy raying out on behalf of the Whole."

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This poem was included in IPM's November 2023 Newsletter.

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This poem was written by Geoff Oelsner, a poet, songwriter, storyteller, and IPM board member.

Geoff Oelsner grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where he began writing stories, songs and poetry at age 14. While pursuing an English major at Oberlin College, he spent a year as an exchange student in Scotland and discovered the Findhorn Community where he had life changing experiences of attunement, or communion with nature, while working in the garden. He’s been a dedicated organic gardener since.

After earning a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia, he and his wife Leslie Berman Oelsner moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1979. He practiced psychotherapy, music therapy, clinical hypnotherapy and massage therapy there for over 30 years before his retirement. He led a free weekly Buddhist Meditation and Spiritual Support group for 25 years, prior to the pandemic.

Geoff has released 2 CD’s of original songs: Morning Branches and Ordinary Mystery which include Leslie and both their adult children. To hear all of his recorded songs and see his poetry you can visit his website:

His love for the earth coupled with a rich mix of experiences of attunement to nature, have led to him to author books which share pioneering, regenerative approaches to our climate crisis and affirm our largely unexplored capacities to connect with and directly benefit our natural environments. The most recent of these is a self-published ebook titled Attunements for the Earth: Poetic, Musical, Photographic, Anecdotal, Climatic, Intuitional, Scientific, Spiritual (2022).

This free book also includes Leslie’s nature photography, lyrics and mp3's of Geoff's songs and a scientific study conceived by Geoff and his close collaborator the neuroscientist and parapsychologist Julia Mossbridge PhD, on the role of intuition in understanding and addressing climate change. The book was initially inspired by and includes 10 “Attunements” letters written to participants in IPM’s annual Poetry of Nature poetry writing group. Geoff has been a faculty member,Board member and served as Treasurer of IPM for 11 years.


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