Anne offers workshops in the areas of poetry, creative writing and mindfulness.
Poetry is the language of the breath and the heart.
Poetry, like all art, attempts to name the unnameable, and to give voice to a deeper longing, Through metaphor poems capture the ‘is’ and ‘is not’ of human experience.
Poetry begins and ends in silence, inviting the reader or speaker into a deeper listening. It echoes the original beat of the mother’s heart, and comes closest to song and early lullaby in its rhythms and
Poetry expands our world by locating the self in relation to what cannot be measured or quantified. It offers an invitation into a realm of awareness beyond the strategic or discursive mind.
Poetry like any mindfulness practice invites us to notice where we place our attention. The reading aloud of a poem brings mind body and spirit into alignment in the now. Poetry invites us into her deepening levels of presence.
Poetry expands our fields of awareness enabling us to live from a deeper centre.
Workshops offer participants the opportunity to listen, reflect, speak and respond to poetry. They provide the container to explore how poetry works in an alchemical way transforming the rawness of our lives, resourcing both self and those with whom we live and work. Through an exploration of the crystallisation that poetry offers participants experience its healing potential, how it can provide an opening to new levels of awareness enabling inner shifts which help us become more embodied, grounded and responsive in our lives and in our practice.
An approach to creative writing which uses the principles of mindfulness to introduce participants to the importance of how we pay attention and the quality of that attention from moment to moment.
Workshops foster an atmosphere of silence and of deep listening which allow the writer to connect with the breath, and the body and to develop a sense of aliveness and presence. The mindfulness principles of non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving and letting go (Jon Kabat Zinn) are integral to the creation of the group both as a writing and listening community.
Similar to the way that the breath anchors the body in meditation practices the pen moving across the page anchors the writer in writing practice (Natalie Goldberg). The pen connected to the hand and through it to the heart allows the writing to move from the heart to the page.
Short writing exercises and prompts that use words, images, props, or music are used to facilitate dropping in and listening as a basis for writing spontaneously.
Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile.Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment. (Thich Nhat Hanh)
The cultivation of mindfulness — which modern neuroscience has now shown in 3,000 papers and studies in the last two decades to help bring emotional regulation, steady attention and physical healing — really allows us to become present for our own body, for the person in front of us, for the life we’ve been given. ~ Jack Kornfied
The Chinese symbol for mindfulness is made up of “now this” and “heart”.
Mindfulness practice is the presence of heart
Mindfulness practice is really a love affair, a love affair with what is most fundamental in life, a love affair with what is so ~ John Kabat-Zinn
To become mindful… also called “beginner’s mind” is to see the world afresh without being lost in our reactions and judgments, and in seeing it afresh with a clarity, we begin to be able to respond to the world rather than react to it. ~ Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness workshops invite participants to:
Take time to slow down
Become attentive and present to their experience.
Learn to watch the breath in sitting and movement meditation.
Practise deep listening and become comfortable in silence.
Come to know compassion as the language of the heart.