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POETRY as Healer

April 5, 2025 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm CDT

$95.00

An Exploration of Poetry’s Ability
To Speak the Words We Need to Say

Saturday, April 5th, 2025
(+ 4 free, optional, follow up Zoom sessions)

What is poetry, if not, among other things, an instrument
that helps us take readings of our own hearts. –Parker Palmer

Sometimes we find ourselves at a loss for words or knowing how to integrate a traumatic experience. And sometimes we’re frozen with anxiety about the future. Other times we feel alone, sure that no one else feels the way we do. In these times, poetry can serve as a healer.
Reading and absorbing the words of a poet giving voice to what you haven’t been able to say, or writing (even clumsily) the words your soul longs to share, can give you the breathing space to begin to heal.

Join us for a day exploring, experiencing, and celebrating the healing power of poetry. Choose the breakout sessions that call to you and be inspired by our keynote speakers. Throughout the day, there will also be contemplative times to pause, breathe, and reflect upon what you’ve heard, read, or written.

Each session will include experiencing poetry, time for personal reflection, and—in some cases—an invitation to write and share. No prior experience reading or writing poetry is necessary. Sharing your thoughts and writing is always by invitation.

DATE:

Saturday, April 5th

 

TIME:

9:30am to 5:00pm

 

FEE:

Day Pass: $95 ($40 students, partial scholarships available)

LOCATION:

Details coming soon

 

KYENOTE SPEAKERS:

Paula D’Arcy & Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson

Tickets

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POETRY as Healer: Day Pass
An Exploration of Poetry’s Ability To Speak the Words We Need to Say Saturday, April 5th, 2025 (+ 4 free, optional, follow up Zoom sessions)
$ 95.00
200 available

Tentative Schedule:

Note: Unless Breakout Sessions have a poet and/or facilitator’s name next to the title of the session, the topic is a placeholder and suggestion of themes to be covered. Come back often to see an update to the list of speakers for this inspiring day!

9:30am
Welcome, land acknowledgement, minute of silence.

9:45am
Opening Keynote: Poetry as Healer:
Paula D’Arcy shares the poems that have guided her through the years, from grief to abiding joy. 

10:30am to 10:45am
BREAK

10:45am to Noon
Morning Sessions (Choose One)
:

What’s All the Fuss? (Research that supports poetry as ‘healer’)

Giving Voice to Grief with ___________.

Words to Live By: Poems to Carry with You____________.

Noon to 12:15pm
Transition Break

12:15pm
Lunch with Words – a playful opportunity to connect over lunch. (60 minutes) – Gourmet Boxed Lunches Provided.

1:15pm to 1:30pm
Transition Break

1:30pm to 2:45pm
Afternoon Sessions (Choose One):

Praising Nature, Praising Earth with _____________.

Can I Get an Amen: Truths We Need to Hear with_____________.

Words in Me (writing your own poetry) with an Institute for Poetic Medicine facilitator

2:45pm to 3:00pm
Transition Break

3:00pm to 3:45pm
Closing Keynote:
Why Poetry? Why Now? Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson on how poetry helps connect us, hear what we need to hear, and leads us to joy. 

3:45pm
Departure for those needing to leave the formal program.

4:00pm
Contemplative Poetry Reading with speakers + attendees while enjoying dessert…

5:00pm
Wrap Up an amazing day, as we remind people of the four follow up Zoom sessions.

Follow Up:
Four (Weekly) Optional & Free 60-minute Zoom sessions open to all registrants to build upon connections made this day and reinforce what a contemplative experience of poetry is. In addition, local poets will share how they seek and find the poems they need to hear at different times in their lives, and what poems they’re exploring right now. Tuesdays, 7pm-8pm, April 8
th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

Sponsorships Greatly Appreciated!

Help Eremos inspire Central Texans to thrive through the gift of poetry by sponsoring our Poetry as Healer experience!

Find Out More Here.

About our Keynote Speakers:

Paula D’Arcy

Writer, retreat leader, and conference and seminar speaker, Paula D’Arcy is also President of Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need as well as those invested in the opening of the heart and the healing of this world.

A former psychotherapist who ministered to those facing issues of grief and loss, Paula worked with the Peale Foundation, founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, from 1980 until his death in 1993, and has written fifteen books. Today her work includes leading workshops and retreats related to spirituality, writing, women’s gatherings, (including Women’s Initiation and Rites of Passage), and creating venues where men and women experience an opening of the heart and a change in their way of being in the world. In recent years she has teamed with Richard Rohr to present seminars on the Male/Female Journey and Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.

Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson

Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, hails from San Antonio, TX. where she is the 5th Poet Laureate Emeritus 2020-2023. She has collaborated with artists from around the globe and her work is a fusion of poetry, hip hop, and rhythm and blues vocalization. She is a teaching artist and artist in residence for Gemini Ink and Hearts Need Art that facilitates workshops and features throughout the U.S. from: Michigan State University, DePauw University, University of Pennsylvania, Rice University and many others. She authored, She Tastes Like Music, FlowerSong Press 2020.

Andrea is an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and was voted Best Local Poet 2023 and 2021 by The SA Current. Sanderson has had the distinct honor of opening up for Dr.Cornel West, Phylicia Rashad, and Nikki Giovanni. Her writings and teaching have been highlighted by: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, stations PBS and KLRN, and documentaries and festivals worldwide. For more information visit her website: www.andreavocabsanderson.com

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POETRY as Healer: Day Pass
An Exploration of Poetry’s Ability To Speak the Words We Need to Say Saturday, April 5th, 2025 (+ 4 free, optional, follow up Zoom sessions)
$ 95.00
200 available

Details

Date:
April 5, 2025
Time:
9:30 am - 5:00 pm CDT
Cost:
$95.00
Event Category:

Venue

Eremos
3005 South Lamar Blvd. Ste. D109, #71
Austin, 78704-8864 United States
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Phone
512-276-2649
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