Fall 2018

TRANSITIONS - NAVIGATING THE VAST IN BETWEEN

Join us for some mining of poetry by Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and some of the ancient masters as a way to explore the in between times of our lives and seasons. These have been called liminal places by Jung and others, times where we have a bit of time to pause, reflect, and focus on what we want to be putting our energy and attention on in our lives. What might be ready for expression in some form, and what might be ready to bring to the world in the form of service, work, art, or another form?

Spring 2018

WALKING INTO SPRING, WALKING INTO POETRY

May and June dates. Days and time TBA. Email or call for more info: sjefts7@gmail.com or 518-232-6776

We will use the poetry of Rumi and Hafiz to explore how themes of their poetry intersect with themes in our own lives. What are we being pulled toward? What are we resisting? Some sessions will include short walks in nature, to breath in the energy and scents of spring, and feel our connection to the deep knowing nature offers.

God picks up the reed-flute world and blows. 
Each note is a need coming through one of us, 
a passion, a longing-pain.

Remember the lips
where the wind-breath originated, 
and let your note be clear. 

From Each Note by Jelaluddin Rumi
 

 

Fall and Winter 2017-18

AUTUMN MOVEMENTS

Tuesday nights, November 7, 14, 21, 28, and December 5, 2017

 Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., in Middlebury, Vermont, location TBA:

Autumn is a time for venturing inward, even as we revel in nature’s crimson red and gold. It is a time for reconnecting with the voice of our soul and our forgotten longings. What has been left unexplored in our lives, or remains unexpressed? Poetry is a powerful and rich vehicle for venturing into these places, and was used in early cultures for just these purposes. Its rich imagery and metaphor have a way of waking the sleeping parts of ourselves. Metaphor is the place where psyche (soul) and soma (body) meet, offering the potential for greater integration, and greater illumination. A perfect recipe for a cold autumn night!

Come explore a pre-chosen poem each week, be guided by the facilitator into deepening connections with its images and messages, and be invited to write in response, in whatever form. No experience with poetry or writing is needed, only an openness and willingness to explore.

Cost: First session (11/7) is by donation.  $20 per session thereafter. Save $10 if you pre-register by Nov. 14th for the four remaining sessions.

Contact Susan at sjefts7@gmail.com or call 518-232-6776 for more information and to sign up.

 


Below are additional workshops I have been offering over the past several years at schools, libraries, colleges, retreat centers, elder care settings, and other community settings using poetry as a tool as a tool for life exploration. Workshops can be offered as one time events or as part of an ongoing series. I am also available to create workshops for small groups and organizations for the purposes of exploring with people their Myers-Briggs types and life and work possibilities.


Workshops on exploring Life and Work Possibilities

 

Workshops for Using Poetry to Explore Life Pathways and Transitions

Pathways and Possibilities - Workshops for students or adults where we look at personality type and temperament and how these connect to fields we can find fulfillment in.

Our Work in the World - Workshops for exploring our interests and values, including the questions: What is the space we wish to occupy in the world?  What does that space look and feel like, and what do we see ourselves doing in that space?

 

Autumn Movements - As we experience the richness and beauty of autumn, we also feel its bittersweet nature. We will explore the images and sounds of autumn themed poems, what they have to say to us about our lives, and how we can mine our own personal riches. What in our lives is still left unexplored and looking for ways to be expressed?

A Poem in Winter - A series of workshops exploring the stirrings happening within us in the depths of winter. What are the seeds inside you that are readying for growth and movement, even as the darkness surrounds us?

Poetic Waters - An exploration of the healing springs of Saratoga Springs, NY.  Each spring has unique mineral blends and healing properties. We will sit by each spring, listening to poems of springtime and water, letting them guide us toward what within us wants to to find expression.