Ecstatic Poetry as Visionary Art 2-Day Retreat
Workshop Instructor: Brandon Thompson, M.A.

What if your longings were actually windows into your essence? The lens of ecstatic poetry provide a method for us to open to our longings, to contact the soft spots in our lives, and to engage with them in ways that can expose their hidden sacredness. Ecstatic poetry is, at its heart, a journey into the Divine within, a way of contacting our essence. This two day retreat will offer participants an opportunity to experience poetry writing as a visionary art. By utilizing practices such as meditation and yoga, time in nature, contemplation, and more, participants will be invited to share in the poetic styles inspired by early writers like Rumi and Hafiz. Concepts will be introduced such as ecstatic theory and poetry practice, writing techniques, and creative expression, as we join together in the power of our essences. Writers of all levels are welcome.

• Location: Berea Senior Citizens Center/Intergenerational Center (Side Rooms) - 214 West Jefferson Street

• Date/Time: July 14th from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM AND July 15th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

• Break: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (1.5 hours)

• Total Hours: 12 hours

• Price: $138.00 (Includes all materials.)

• Age: 15 & Up (Youth 15 - 18 MUST bring a Youth Authorization Form, completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian, found at this Attendees Resources link.)

• Difficulty: All levels

• Class Size: 10 Max

• Take Home: A number of their own poems, written in the style of ecstatic poetry, and at least one creative expression project as well.

• Notes: This is a two day ecstatic poetry retreat. Participants are invited to bring their own writing supplies (journal, pens, etc.), but supplies will also be provided at the learnshop.

• NOTE TO EDUCATORS: Educators attending this session will receive access to on-line cross-curricular resources, suggested classroom activities based on skills and concepts covered in session, and a certificate of participation for Professional Learning documentation.