Poetry & Contemplation
Presented by: Jan Zwicky
Delve into poetry as a way of knowing the world. Poetic or contemplative attention — what Simone Weil called “the natural prayer of the soul” — opens the ear, eye, heart and mind to the being and beings around us. In doing so, it reveals to us, as poets, that our best work is not about ourselves.
Discover how the power of contemplation can inspire your creativity. Learn to listen to and edit your poems. Dynamic group meetings include discussion of participants’ works in progress as well as exercises designed to foster contemplative awareness and literary technique. Each participant has the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the presenter.
Except for the workshops and one-on-ones, this program will be held in silence.
Jan Zwicky has led poetry workshops and taught in writing and philosophy programs across Canada. She has published six volumes of poetry, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won Canada’s Governor General’s Award, Robinson’s Crossing, Thirty-Seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences and, most recently, Griffin Prize nominee Forge.
TUITION: $545 CDN (meals & accommodation extra) / 5 nights