Poetry As A Spiritual Practice Retreat

©2013, Kimberly V. Schneider

And when the time comes
(however untimely)
let go
of everything you’ve known.
Be a portal to the possible:
a vessel through which
new realities
be born.
~from the poem The Wisdom of Mary,

©2012, Kimberly V. Schneider

Poetry is experiencing a renaissance, in part because modern poets like Mary Oliver, John O’Donohue and David Whyte, authors such as Caroline Kennedy (Poems to Learn by Heart) and Kim Rosen (Saved by a Poem) and gifted translators like Coleman Barks (The Essential Rumi) are reminding us how accessible, heart-opening and transformational poetic language can be.

Perhaps you’re intrigued by poetry, but you’re not sure how to incorporate it into your daily life. Or you used to read (and maybe even write!) poems, but you think you don’t have time for that anymore.

Whatever your current relationship to the written word, inviting poetry into your spiritual practice can have immediate, long lasting, and life-changing benefits, including:

  • Instant calm
  • Transforming your unconscious mind
  • Deepening (or initiating) your meditation practice
  • Awakening present-moment awareness
  • Putting you in touch with your body and nature
  • Opening portals to the sacred
  • Reconnecting you with your Essential Self

On Saturday, June 1st, I would love you to join me, along with my Mom (Reiki Master and Meditation Midwife Mary Lou Schneider) for a one-day retreat on Poetry as a Spiritual Practice at Mercy Center. We will facilitate simple yet powerful exercises that allow you to experience the beauty and richness poetry can bring to your life. You’ll leave with tools you can use right away, a reawakening of wonder, and maybe even some new friends! You will explore words as a vehicle for relating to, and co-creating, reality. You do NOT need to be a poet or writer, or even be familiar with poetry, in order to benefit from and enjoy this program. Of course, if you DO love poetry already, you will relish this day. We hope you will join us!

The daylong retreat is only $95 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required; deadline to enroll is May 18. NCBTMB continuing education available for bodyworkers ($25 additional fee).

For more information and to register please go online to www.KimberlySchneider.com/poetry or call Mary Lou at 636-227-9911.

Kimberly Schneider, M.Ed., J.D., LPC is the author of Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles and the AudioBook Terrible Beauty: Poems and Reflections for Precarious Times. An Adjunct Lecturer of Communication at Washington University in St. Louis, Kimberly is a regular contributor to the Great Day St. Louis television show. Kimberly and Mary Lou plan to return to Ireland in summer, 2014 to facilitate their third weeklong retreat exploring Celtic Spirituality, including the power of poetry to awaken the soul. Request Kimberly’s free Conscious Manifestation eCourse at www.KimberlySchneider.com and you will also receive a sample chapter of her book!