WELCOME TO MATRICS JOURNALING
Why has the language of poetry has been considered, the world over, especially close to spiritual insight? The reason is rhythm. Millennia before writing was invented, in languages across the globe, poets developed precise rhythmical techniques to tune our awareness and energies to the frequencies of will, mind, body, heart, and spirit.
These transformative capacities of rhythmical language, lost to the English language over the last several centuries, are now newly accessible through Annie Finch's system of Matrics Journaling. Rediscovered and developed by Annie over a lifetime of writing, study, teaching, and ritual, these simple techniques can help us to reunite with hidden parts of ourselves, bring the conscious and unconscious mind into communication, and enrich our lives.
Yogis, artists, meditators, and seekers–as well as, of course, writers and poets–have gained self-awareness and personal growth through the Matrics Journaling Spiral. Whether you are a poet looking to strengthen your practice, a seeker ready to increase your focus, self-knowledge, balance, clarity, and joy, or a pilgrim of the spirit, you will find in this unique teaching a wisdom both new and familiar. No matter your background, you will leave your first Matrics Journaling Workshop with pages of revelatory writing, personalized talismans, the warm power of a supportive circle, and potent techniques to move your life forward with self-awareness and growth.
In a supportive ritual space, each session of a Matrics Journaling Spiral guides you through the language-shapes associated with one aspect of the self and its associated energy and element. Like a yoga practice, Matrics Journaling can be used as a strengthening technique; to gain self-knowledge; to achieve balance; for healing; or as a devotional spiritual practice. And like a yoga series, the cycle of Matrics Journaling Spiral sessions may be revisited again and again. Spiraling through the movements to reach new, different, and deeper levels of transformation opens deeper awareness of our own hidden voices, linking consciousness and unconscious, idea and intuition.
If you're interested in exploring this potent technique of self-discovery and growth, please look over the information on the rest of this page, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all.
“Annie is the teacher that many of us yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart-based teachings.”
“I felt on a deep level that your workshop and exercises and your instruction were magical, and I feel transformed in a way that has already helped me work through some difficult personal subject matter.”
“It was amazing to experience how the rhythms spoke to different parts of our healing processes. I have continued to work on what I acquired that day and note its continuous effects on my creative life as well as my mindset.”
Dr. Annie Finch is an award-winning poet and writer, author or editor of eighteen books including Spells: New and Selected Poems, The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, Calendars, and Among the Goddesses. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, and onstage at Carnegie Hall. She is the author of A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (University of Michigan Press). Annie earned a B.A. from Yale and Ph.D. from Stanford and has performed her poetry on five continents. Based in New York City and Maine, she directs PoetryWitchCommunity.org and travels to offer workshops and retreats on poetry, feminist spirituality, magic, and the Matrics Journaling Spiral.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING:
“The workshop was enriching and truly magical! I have continued to work on what I acquired that day and note its continuous effects on my creative life as well as my mindset.”
"I feel transformed in a way that has already helped me work through a much-needed transformation and healing to some difficult personal subject matter."
“Annie is the teacher that many of us yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart-based teachings."
“Annie Finch speaks with sincerity and integrity, allowing students to examine the inner workings of their psyche in a supportive and kind environment. Annie is the teacher that many women yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart based teachings.”
“The class was an absolute revelation.”
"Your workshop and exercises and your instruction were magical, and I felt/feel really transformed. . . To reclaim my connection to myself - is a huge gift."