Awakening to the Poetic:
Meditation and Poetry for Coming Alive
A 9-week online workshop series
with Brooke McNamara
Wednesdays, 9 Live Workshops:
January 10, 17, & 24
February 7, 14, & 21
March 6, 13, & 20
(no class January 31 & February 28)
9-10:30 am PST | 10-11:30 am MST | 11am-12:30 pm CST
12-1:30 EST | 5-6:30 pm GMT
6-7:30 pm CET | 10:30pm-12am IST
~ optional meditation 30 minutes prior to each class ~
(same Zoom link)
All workshops will be held online via Zoom, and recordings will be available for registered participants.
In these bewildering times, both our inner and outer worlds are undergoing rapid change. So much is unknown. We may fear becoming overwhelmed or disconnected from the emotional, relational, creative, and spiritual resources we need most right now.
What if there is a dimension of experience always available right here, which is innately meaningful and vital - without cause or condition?
What if it's possible to simply awaken to receiving and transmitting this poetic dimension of being human?
We can tune and open ourselves to the living poetry of life – that which tenderizes the heart, soothes the mind, energizes the body, erupts in sudden laughter, and inspires compassionate action. When we do, we access the world’s innate aliveness, teeming with seen and unseen layers of intimacy, guidance, beauty, humor, and ever-present Awareness awake as it all.
Meditation harmonizes body, mind, and breath, allowing deep letting go of unnecessary tension and revealing an ever-present Awareness. This deeper nature is our birthright to realize, is not separate from any moment or expression of life, and is refuge when old reference points fall away.
Poetry ushers us into a realm of imagination, soul, and the liminal where we remember or sense things we didn’t know we knew. A realm where we can receive vision or whole-hearted wisdom (Prajna), not available through thinking or the conventional five senses alone. Where we may court and be courted by our muses, guides, or noble daemons. And where we can unfold bits of magic and insight simply by showing up to the page.
How do you awaken and tune to the poetic? Do you remember your ways as a child of connecting to this animate, breathing world?
In these times of rapid change, challenge, and opportunity, it is vital that we connect in brave, supportive community to remind ourselves of the nutrients embedded in reality – the powerful ways that pain and loss carve through our beings, the delicious refreshment of beauty in all its forms, and the ultimate satisfaction of resting as our true nature: vast, unborn, and indestructible.
It is vital that we fuel each other with the wisdom and compassion we receive when we turn our embodied gaze toward subtle, poetic dimensions folded into every moment of being alive.
Brooke McNamara, MFA, is a poet, meditation instructor, and transmitted Zen teacher and lineage holder. She has published two books of poems: Bury the Seed and Feed Your Vow. She loves to create poems from 3 main ingredients: the raw material of everyday life, wholehearted and visceral listening, and the mind of meditation. For her poetry, Brooke is the recipient of the Charles B. Palmer prize from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at Naropa University in Yoga Studies and at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Dance. Brooke is president and a founding teacher at Dragon Lake Zen, and teaches in-person and online courses and retreats to facilitate the awakening of innate wisdom, compassion, artistry, and play. She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband, Rob, their two sons, Lundin and Orion.
Week 1, January 10th: Ordinary Magic: What Does it Mean to Awaken to the Poetic?
Week 2, January 17th: Befriending Poetry as an Intimate Companion
Week 3, January 24th: The Heart of Meditation Sometimes Speaks
NO CLASS January 31st: Catch Up, Integration, & Rest
Week 4, February 7th: Elegant Effort: Discipline and Freedom
Week 5, February 14th: “Roam and Play in Samadhi”
Week 6, February 21st: Weaving Words with the Power of Silence
NO CLASS February 28th: Catch Up, Integration, & Rest
Week 7, March 6th: Jisei/ Japanese Death Poems: What Do I Want to Say Before I Die?
Week 8, March 13th: "Beloved Community": Inter-Being, Interdependence, and Inspiration
Week 9, March 20th: Celebration and Reading of Works: Integration and Completion
You are invited to awaken to deeper dimensions of yourself and this life, and to express your honest, beautifully unique, surprising discoveries.
You are invited to remember together our shared infinite heart, and weave visions of play, truth, beauty, and justice, together in community, as a weekly ritual.
I hope you'll say yes to this adventure!