Why is poetry considered, the world over, to be close to spiritual power? Writing Your Way Home workshops bring these ancient secrets home through a system of transformative rhythmical writing, developed by poet Annie Finch over decades of study and practice. Like a yoga class for the mind, Writing Your Way Home uses certain language-shapes to enhance the energy of mind, body, heart, will, and spirit.
Annie will guide you through five language rhythms, each of which opens into a different part of ourselves. This unique writing practice, combined with moving ritual and a supportive women's circle, reveals the mysteries of the poet's ancient path to self-awareness and personal growth, uniting body and spirit, idea and intuition.
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 Writing Your Way Home). You don't even need any writing experience. All you need is an open heart and a notebook.
If you have further questions before registering for a workshop, please read the FAQ below. If you still have questions, you may schedule a phone call with Annie to ask them.
FAQ ABOUT HEALING RHYTHMS OF LANGUAGE
Q have never written creatively before. Will I get anything from this workshop?
Yes. Writing Your Way Home 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 Writing Your Way Home offers the healing and growth that arise from radical self-awareness. At the same time, the secrets of rhythmical writing you will learn through Writing Your Way Home 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 Writing Your Way Home 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. The vast majority of 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 Writing Your Way Home 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.
Q Sounds great! How do I sign up?
Check Annie's schedule for a workshop near you and then register, listing workshop date and location. If you don't see one, subscribe here to be notified of upcoming events, including online workshops. Or guess what--you can also fill out the Query Form if you'd like to bring a workshop to your own community and become an active part of our grassroots network of women's circles!
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 "Writing Our Way Home Through the Wisdom of Rhythmic Language" to learn more about this exciting and accessible path to self-awareness for psychological and spiritual growth.