I’ll be teaching a journaling workshop in Baltimore on May 19 through Inner Harbor Wellness. Click here to check out their course offerings in “nurturing personal and community well-being” and sign up today!
Journal to the Self
Between preparing for the holidays and end-of-year work assignments, this time of year can get really hectic. But don’t forget to think about yourself! Register at the link below for the “Journal to the Self” series of workshops I’ll be offering at the Rehoboth Art League in January. The start of the new year is the perfect time to begin a new practice or learn new techniques that can deepen your self-understanding and creativity!
Sign up now for my next journaling workshop at the Rehoboth Art League!
Journaling to Clear What Clutters Your Mind
Location: The Rehoboth Art League
Room: Children’s Studio
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Level: Ages 18 & Up Beginner
* Reduce tension, frustration, anger, and other strong emotions.
* Improve your time management and your organizational skills.
* Track cycles, patterns, and trends in your life.
* Unlock the mysteries of your dreams.
* Experiment with creative writing.
* Write your autobiography.
* Clarify your goals.
And, have a lot of fun!
I’m honored that judge Marge Piercy selected my poem “The Shape of Shadow” for an honorable mention in the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest.
If you can’t make it to Rehoboth in February, I’m teaching the same workshop on January 7 at The Granary in Berkeley Springs, WV. Be sure to let me know if you’d like to attend, so I can contact you if the date changes (i.e. snow!)
I’m excited to have the opportunity to teach a poetry workshop at the Rehoboth Art League in February. For more information, and to register, click here.
I’ll be teaching a free poetry workshop on January 24 at the New Earth Granary in Berkeley Springs, WV. This wonderful venue hosts concerts, classes and get-togethers, almost all of which are offered on a donation basis. Read more about the founders’ philosophy of the “giving economy” at http://thenewearthgranary.com/about
I was hoping to have one in January to help everyone whose New Year’s resolutions included “START JOURNALING.” But the next available weekend at the Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV is March 13-15, 2015. I’m going to try and find another location for a January date, so watch this space! In the meantime, if you’d like to register for the March session, go to the Journaling Workshop tab and pay using PayPal.
The following poem was sparked by one word – origami – which eventually became the title. One morning, I sat down to write in my journal with no great thoughts or troubles on my mind. Instead, I started writing about a special gift I had gotten for my birthday. My very dear friend and fiber artist Lyn McCormick (www.downwarddogfibers.com) had remembered that I once told her my favorite Christmas present in elementary school had been an origami kit. What else did she do but surprise me with one? So now, following in the instruction book, I have begun practicing the art of origami, developing the skill and precision needed to make each paper sculpture.
Journaling offers many ways to practice being creative at whatever your art form is. In the Journal to the Self workshop I’ll be teaching in November, you’ll learn 18 journaling techniques to help you discover what’s bubbling about in your subconscious mind. You’ll practice seeing things from different perspectives, and make new connections that can serve as the spark for a painting, a fabric design, a photograph, a poem …
More often than not, a successful poem is the result of writing what at first might seem obvious (origami is indeed “all about the folds and creases”) and keeping pen to paper until something a little less obvious appears. A little like origami itself, given you start with a flat sheet of paper and keep folding and creasing until it becomes a crane, a frog, a chrysanthemum. My poem started with the word origami and ended up being a reflection on something else entirely.
It is all about the folds and creases.
Each one carefully chosen and executed,
each one a step
in a set of precise instructions.
The crane: a symbol
the rabbit: fertility, rebirth.
Travelers carry the frog for safety,
while the llama represents
endurance in difficult times.
I too show signs
of where I’ve been
folded and creased.
Though some seem to have been done
and then another,
right beside it,
as if the first were a mistake.
Here and there are valley folds,
a squash fold,
inside and outside reverse folds.
The overall design
is not yet done,
perhaps not even determined.
There are more folds and creases
to be made.
a work in progress.
This poem may not be copied, reprinted or redistributed without prior written approval from the author.