“It’s so unimaginative not to do something better,” says Naomi Shihab Nye of the conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. Closing her week in residence with Wisdom Ways, Nye and Palestinian-American writer Ibtisam Barakat reflect together on the importance of poetry and literature in our world and its power to help us imagine—and grow into—a better world.
Have you been longing for time and space to write? For silence and a room of your own? For inspiration from a favorite poet to spur your own words? Wisdom Ways invites you to create a Do-It-Yourself writing retreat during Naomi Shihab Nye’s week as writer-in-residence, Sunday, March 26 to Saturday, April 1.
When Silence Speaks: A Contemplative Evening of Poetry and Song with Naomi Shihab Nye and Sara Thomsen
Poetry and song both rise from and return to the silence. In this contemplative service, poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen lead poetry, song and silence, opening our hearts to compassion, community and creativity.
Early spring in the Midwest offers a time of in-between. In the natural world, we find ourselves watching and waiting for the green of new life to arrive, even as we stand amidst the muck and deadness of last year.
Join us in the paradox of spring. Through song, poetry and community, we will explore the seasons we are leaving and entering in our own lives. The retreat will utilize the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal.