Belonging: Meanings and Implications

Tuesdays, October 6, 20, and November 3, 2015.
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Belonging is an evocative and multi-meaning word.  Whether used as a noun, an intransitive verb, even metaphorically, belonging often links heart and head.  To fit in, to be a part of, to be the property of, close, secure relationships - belonging can mean many things.  Exploring its meanings can be important, stimulating and clarifying.

In three experiential sessions, we’ll explore the layers of meaning the word belonging evokes.  Ted Bowman will facilitate the sessions, using prompts, guided discussions, and invited guest poets and singers.

October 6: An exploration of the many layers of belonging.  When words carry evocative meanings, it can be helpful to give voice to multiple meanings and the emotional weight of each.  Invited poets will prompt participants through their poems and ways of expressing belonging. Guest poets Mary Moore Easter and Katrina Vandenberg will lead this exploration.

October 20:  The profound power of the music of belonging.  Songs, both lyrical and without words, are often associated with belonging.  Relationships, places, connections, self-image and more are themes that we carry inside all our heads and hearts, humming/singing the tune.  This is true even for some persons with dementia.SingerAnn Reed will lead participants in singing, writing, and discussing musical experiences of belonging.

November 3:  Multiplying belonging and its meanings.  Poet Denise Levertov wrote: Two girls discover/the secret of life/in a sudden line of poetry/I who don't know the/secret wrote the line.  Like Levertov, participants can learn from others about their secret or public notion of belonging. This third session will be both a provocative and summarizing session for words, meanings, and implications of belonging led by Ted Bowman.


Poet, writer, dancer and choreographer Mary Moore Easter¸ author of the chapbook Walking from Origins, is a Cave Canem Fellow and professor of dance emerita at Carleton College.



Poet and Hamline University professor Katrina Vandenberg is the author of two collections of poetry, The Alphabet Not Unlike the World and Atlas, both published by Milkweed Editions.




Ann Reed has been a touring musician from coast to coast for over 30 years and has issued more than 20 recordings. Her accolades include Minnesota Music Academy Performer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Best Recording of the Year.


Poet, editor and grief educator Ted Bowman, adjunct professor in Social Work at the University of Saint Catherine’s / St. Thomas, is co-editor of The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks, a volume of poems by Minnesota poets addressing themes of loss and renewal.  

When: Tuesdays, October 6, 20 and November 3, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Cost: $75 for the series; $30 per session.