if you have had an abortion or know others who have, you will know the complexity of this experience in a patriarchal culture. writing, meditating, ritual and guided visualization, deep sharing, and reading and discussing great litrature about abortion from Choice Words: Writers on Abortion. This intimate circle offers a rare chance to participate in a group reading and writing experience about abortion facilitated by Annie Finch, editor of Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, along with therapist and writer Marianela Medrano. The goal of the course is to reclaim our own voices and perspectives regarding abortion in the context of a supportive circle.
Through reading, writing, deep sharing, ritual, and guided visualization, we will aim to process the guilt, shame, confusion, and disempowerment perpetuated by the patriarchy into a self-compassionate reclamation of our full life-giving power. Our aim is to facilitate a connection between reading, writing, feelings and actions, moving from trauma to wellness through collaborative and empowering exchanges. Ultimately, our circle aims to attain a transformation beyond words, as we journey via meditation and ritual into the womb of the divine feminine to find the power within.
In addition to the two two-hour classes, tuition includes optional reading and writing assignments and exclusive admission to a private discussion area reserved for this group in Annie’s online Poet & PriestessCommunity.
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Reading & Writing Our Truths on Abortion | March 2021
2 Saturdays | 12pm-2 pm EST
In Annie's Matrix Zoom Room
With Marianela Medrano. An invitation to reclaim our own voices and perspectives on abortion in the context of a supportive circle of reading, discussing, journaling, and sharing
About the Instructors:
Annie Finch, of Celtic and Scandinavian lineage, is a poet, writer, teaching artist, and performer. She is known for her work on women’s literature and spirituality and her deep knowledge and practice of poetic form. Finch is the author of six books of poetry including Spells, Calendars, Eve, and the feminist epic Among the Goddesses, as well as numerous books on poetry including the writing guide A Poet’s Craft. She is also the editor of Choice Words, the first major literary anthology about abortion. A graduate of Yale with a Ph.D. from Stanford, Finch has appeared widely at poetry conferences, taught as a tenured professor of poetry writing at two universities, and is the recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award and the Sarasvati Award for Poetry.
Marianela Medrano is a Dominican writer, poet and a psychotherapist with a Ph.D in psychology whose practice include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Integral Psychotherapy. Medrano has trained in Mindfulness and spirituality and in trauma-specific modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a Mindful Eating instructor/facilitator. She has done extensive research on the Divine Feminine in the Taino culture, has lectured in many countries, and has published her poetry widely in journals and in books including: Oficio de Vivir (Buho,1986), Los Alegres Ojos de la Tristeza (Buho,1987), Regando Esencias/ The Scent of Waiting (Alcance,1998), Curada de Espantos (Torremozas, 2002), Diosas de la Yuca, (Torremozas, 2011), Prietica (Alfaguara, 2013), Rooting (Owlfeather Collective, 2017), and El Libro de Revelaciones (chapbook), (2019). Her poetry has been translated into Italian and French. She is a certified poetry therapist and serves as a mentor/supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy.