I’ll be participating in Poets at the Table with Andrea Hollander and Paulann Petersen, on Sunday, Sept. 29th. We’ll read from our work and talk about our lives as poets to benefit Clark Street Table, a program that serves meals to those on the margins here in Portland. First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., 4-6pm. Tickets are $25.

Poetry discussion and guided meditation at New Renaissance Bookshop, last Saturday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 ($15)

Poetry as Spiritual Practice

Come enjoy an evening of mindful poetry and guided meditation, and learn how poetry can support your spiritual practice. Poetry can be regarded as something to be analyzed, a problem to be solved, a code to be cracked. But what if we dropped all that and approached poems as spiritual friends and teachers, offering us wisdom, compassion, clear seeing, and a heightened awareness of our human predicament? Our experience of poetry would be much richer—and much more enjoyable! This evening program will begin with a guided meditation, followed by a reading from The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy—with poems by Chuang Tzu, Han Shan, Basho, Issa, Pablo Neruda, Denise Levertov, Billy Collins, Ellen Bass, and others—and a period for questions and discussion.

Workshops & Retreats

 Half-day workshop, Cultivating Gratitude, Feb. 2

My wife Alice Boyd and I are offering a half-day of mindfulness practice on Cultivating Gratitude,  Saturday, Feb. 2nd, at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 9:30-12:30.  We’ll use Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons, sitting meditation, and mindful poetry discussions to help us experience gratitude more fully and consistently in our lives. Learn more here. 



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