Rhythmic language offers a sure and ancient path for uniting body and spirit, idea and intuition. Like a yoga class for the mind, Annie Finch's Wisdom of Rhythmic Language workshop uses a series of language-postures to access and transform the energy of mind, body, heart, will, and spirit.
The core of the Wisdom of Rhythmic Language method is five different language rhythms, each of which connects to a different part of ourselves: mind, body, heart, will, and spirit. Annie will introduce each rhythm in a way that gives you everything you need to know to start exploring this rhythm and the hidden part of yourself to which it leads.
You don't need to be a writer, artist, yogi, meditator, or seeker to unlock your power of self-realization, self-awareness, and self-empowerment with the secrets of writing in rhythm (though all these have benefitted from Wisdom of Rhythmic Language Workshops). All you need is an open heart and a notebook.
Based in Annie life's work in language, creative self-expression, and personal healing, Wisdom of Rhythmic Language Workshops combine a poet's skill and insight with a healer's touch.
If you have further questions before registering for a workshop, please read the FAQ below. If you still have questions before signing up, you may schedule a phone call with Annie to ask them.
Q have never written creatively before. Will I get anything from this workshop?
Yes. The Wisdom of Rhythmic Language workshop is a completely holistic experience. It builds on rhythmic knowledge that is equally available to all of us, and it presumes no prior writing experience.
Q What do you mean "writing and healing"? Is this a writing workshop, a healing workshop, a personal growth workshop, or . . . ?
It is any and all of this, depending on your needs. Rhythmical language opens a channel between the conscious and unconscious, and Wisdom of Rhythmic Language offers the healing and growth that arise from radical self-awareness. At the same time, the secrets of rhythmical writing you will learn in the Wisdom of Rhythmic Language will help any writer to be more effective.
Q I'm not really interested in writing, but I am interested in developing myself psychologically and spiritually. Will this workshop help me on my path?
Yes. The skill of rhythmic language can connect us with wisdom beyond our conscious selves. The tools you will learn in Wisdom of Rhythmic Language offer a path to communicate with unheard parts of yourself.
Q I have an advanced degree in creative writing. Will I learn anything in this course that I don't know already?
Yes. Most graduate programs today, even in poetry writing, don't teach rhythm and meter. And even if you have learned some of the same material, you will find that the Wisdom of Rhythmic Language approaches rhythmic language in a unique manner that incorporates body, heart, will, and spirit as well as mind.
Q How did you develop this method?
I trace my heritage to Norse volurs and Celtic bards, and I was raised with the rhythms of poetry spoken aloud. In graduate school, I pursued my passion to understand poetic meter and began to notice its hidden meanings. I developed ways to teach and write in a range of language rhythms in my own poetry, and as my spirituality evolved and I gained experience in ritual, eventually I came to integrate craft and spirit.
Comments from workshop participants:
“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.”
Check out Annie's essay "Thoughts on the Magical Rhythms of Language," to learn more about this exciting and accessible path to self-awareness for psychological and spiritual growth.
Annie has taught Wisdom of Rhythmic Language workshops at Haystack Center for the Arts, The Association for Women and Mythology, and the Garrison Institute on the Hudson River. As Annie's time permits, she also works with people to organize WRL workshops at conferences, churches, businesses, community centers, private gatherings, or anywhere people seek growth and awareness. Request to be informed of upcoming workshops here., Or, you may fill out this query form if you're interested in taking the lead to bring Annie into your community.