The Content of our traditional Poetry Retreats
We draw on the work of major, mostly contemporary
poets, because they speak with particular relevance
for our current day: poets like Denise Levertov, Wendell
Berry, Kathleen Norris, Lucille Clifton, R.S. Thomas,
Naomi Shihab Nye, Mark Jarman, Scott Cairns.
After an opening talk on poetry's unique value as a
resource for discernment and spiritual growth, we
introduce the classic meditative method of "lectio
divina" as a way to settle into a poem and engage
with it personally.
The rest of the retreat alternates between times for
your private meditation on poems we'll distribute,
and times when the group comes together to share
the fruits of individual reflection.
Some are already avid readers of poetry; others struggle to read it but would like to become more comfortable with it; some write poetry themselves.
Retreatants come from a range of religious traditions; some worship regularly with a faith community, some don't; but all are spiritual seekers.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to see what some of our participants have said about their experience of Poetry Retreats.
The Spiritual Grounding of Poetry Retreats
Peggy's religious practice is Roman Catholic. From this grounding,
she enjoys working with retreatants from a wide range of backgrounds
and religious traditions. Similarly, most of the poets we spend time with
write out of Christian roots, but in a way that invites all spiritual seekers
into the poem.
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From participants, in their own words. . . .
"Poetry Retreats changed my life."
"By learning to use lectio divina with the poetry, my prayer life has really been expanded."
"Not having read poetry before, I found a new way of experiencing life and faith."
"I came here afraid of poetry, but now I want to start a praying-with-poetry group
with my friends."
"I came in loving words and how they are woven together, but I had forgotten
how much I loved them."
"Keep doing this great work. I feel really blessed to have been a part of it."
"I feel I've been baptized by poetry."