Women, Poetry, and Spirituality weekend retreats bring together circles of women to nourish ourselves and each other in mind, body, heart, will, and spirit through the transformative power of poetry, ritual, and community. Organized and hosted by Annie Finch, Rozanne Gold, and Marianela Medrano, Women, Poetry, and Spirituality retreats are directed to all who identify as women and are interested in deepening their spirituality through the poetry of women -— including ourselves. Each of our retreats explores how poetry and spirituality can nourish women’s healthy ways of being with ourselves and with the world. Our mission is to support women's transformation through the nurturing power of poetry and rhythmic language, women-centered ritual in connection with the Divine Feminine, and supportive community.
Aiming to bypass androcentric biases and rediscover an integral way of interbeing, our circle of women will absorb poetry that values and affirms women as subjects and makers of history — poems that honor, rather than fear, women, the body, and the Divine Feminine. Our weekend’s transformations will connect the poems we read with the qualities of specific goddesses, such as Norse Goddess Freya, Hindu Goddess Durga, five Goddesses of the Taíno cosmogony, Celtic Brigid, Yoruba Yemaya—-and your own ancestral goddesses, if you are moved. Guided poetic practices will move us in rhythm with the elemental powers of language for spiritual growth, and time to write outside will renew our healing connection with nature as a manifestation of the Great Mother who has secrets to reveal to us.
Our reading and creating of poetry are also be deepened by intuitive practices such as altar building, walking meditation, mindful eating, womb-healing ritual, and a Taino ritual Areito procession as we nourish the five core aspects of women’s lives: vision/manifestation, physical/abundance, social/emotion, passion/creativity, and intuition/spirituality. Participants will return home with a journal full of fertile explorations into language and self and a renewed sense of connection with our own creative and spiritual wealth as women.
Annie Finch, of Celtic and Scandinavian lineage, is an award-winning feminist poet, writer, editor, speaker, and performer. Her books include The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, Spells: New and Selected Poems, Calendars, shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award, and Among the Goddesses, which received the Sarasvati Award for Poetry from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. She is also the editor of Choice Words: Writers on Abortion. Finch's poetry has appeared in The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry and onstage at Carnegie Hall. She has shared her poetry on five continents and travels widely to speak, perform, and to teach workshops on writing and women’s spirituality. Annie incorporates the practice of Writing Your Way Home, her unique system of transformative rhythmic writing, into every Women, Poetry, and Spirituality retreat.
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 (