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Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (a Japanese form of short poem) captures a moment in nature. It is a doorway to Zen practice – it’s a way to write what you know. A ginko is a walk in nature, during which your writing hand keeps moving just like your legs. Whatever sights, sounds and smells you experience can transform... [More]
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Arthur Conan Doyle, Body and Soul

Arthur Conan Doyle was a big man but the imaginary Sherlock Holmes is huge enough to obscure him, and that tug of war between the physical and the intangible shaped Doyle’s life. Known primarily for the character who did so much in the establishment of the most logical practices of detection and forensic science, Doyle ended his life craving to be known for spiritualism. He proceeded from creating the eminently rational Holmes to early science fiction with Professor Challenger in... [More]
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Poetry Confronting Art

This six week course explores poetry that confronts art (Ekphrastic poetry). We will be exploring poetry written in response to a particular Art work. In our conversation I will model how to unpack various poetic renderings of Art and share knowledge and skills to enhance your poetic experience. This course is for the intrepid explorer of both Art and Poetry. No previous skills or knowledge are required. Join me on this journey to uncover the interface between Poetry and Art! This... [More]
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How to Tell Historical Stories

The past is a source of characters, conflicts and dramas that are a delight to hear and tell. In this workshop we will not be examining social movements and dates, but sharing theatrical tales that inspire and thrill. You will learn techniques of voice and body language, how to adapt large complicated stories into stories suitable for different audiences and settings, plus hear some fun stories from the past. Please bring pen and paper. Note: There will be short breaks for morning... [More]
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