Poems have a magical way of bringing us closer to our lives, giving us a new view, a deeper view, and a little more understanding of what makes us tick. Connecting with others over a poem, in meditation and conversation, offers new perspectives, inspires creativity, and is a balm for the spirit.
Drawing on poems from a variety of poets, each two-hour session includes reading poems together, meditation, and exploring how the poems connect us to ourselves, each other, and the wisdom of the Dharma. The last session is a half-day retreat that includes the opportunity to do some of your own writing guided by the writer, teacher, poet, and dharma practitioner, Gail Ford.
Everyone is welcome. No prior background in either meditation, poetry or writing is necessary. Just bring your curious mind and willing heart. The poems will be sent in advance of each session and there is no homework.
DATES & TIMES
6 Friday Mornings
November 11th - December 9th
8:30 - 10:30am, Pacific
8:30 to Noon, Pacific
Online via Zoom
$225 - $300, sliding scale
Offering fees above the base rate helps make Pacific Mindfulness programs more widely available. Thank you for your consideration!
Pacific Mindfulness is committed to increasing access to the teachings and practices of awareness, generosity, compassion, and wisdom. In this spirit, most of our courses and retreats offer some financial support. We are steadfastly dedicated to offering programs that help protect, support, and expand the well-being of ourselves, each other, and our environment.
Financial assistance is available. Please apply here.
Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and is the founder and guiding teacher of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching since 2005 in both public and private settings, offering classes, series courses, nature retreats, resiliency-focused professional programs, and teaches regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and compassion into the complexity of our everyday lives. She is known for her grounded, down-to-earth humor and presence. Heidi has a background in nursing, has been a small business owner since 1988, and lives in northern California with her family.
Gail Ford is a poet and graduate of Stanford University. She has taught for The Writers Studio since 2012 and been the Director of the San Francisco Branch since 2019. Gail currently teaches the intermediate level class in fiction and poetry, and a class on personal essays. She loves writers, talking about writing, and happily welcomes new and continuing students looking for a supportive classroom environment where play and deepening craft abide.
Photos: personal, unsplash.com, Gail Ford