Seasons and Cycles: Sense of Place, Writing and Healing

July 8 – Aug 18 , 2013.  | Taught by Caryn Miriam-Goldberg | $210 non-member; $189 members.

Do you write or want to write? Are you drawn to watching and listening to the seasonal shifts within and around you for guidance and inspiration? Are you ready to dive into the wilds of your own experience, perception, and wisdom to unfold on the page what you have to say to yourself and the world?

This class is for you. Come write about the seasons of your life.

Growing up first in Brooklyn, NY and then in a New Jersey suburb, I never felt like I was at home except when I was making art and writing. "I'm going to live in Kansas," I told my grandfather when I was five, maybe because I have watched The Wizard of Oz or maybe because my five-year-old self knew stuff. As I got older, particularly when I lived in a housing development where the neighbors didn't talk much to each other and all the streets looked alike, I found refuge in the earth and the sky, which continually fed the well of my creative spirit. It's no wonder that many of my first poems were about trees and clouds, and it's no wonder that so many of my poems now continue to reflect what I see when I look out and up. It's also no wonder that I ended up in Kansas, and that before my grandfather died, he told me the story I had long-forgotten about my five-year-old yearning for this place. For me, finding home — and the way back to my own soul — comes from the living earth.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,

a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.

If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.

     — Wu Men (Hui-k'ai), 1183-1260

This class is for you. Come write about the seasons in your life.

We live in specific places, but we also live in time, and in the convergence of time and space, seasons, which cycle through us. In creating this class, I wanted to help us — across the distances between our literal homes — come home to ourselves through:

  • Innovative writing prompts that spark your creative fire
  • Sharing our work in the community we make together on-line and through several phone conferences
  • Craft videos to watch each week focused on how to strengthen our voice and vision on the page
  • Meditations on writing as an ongoing spiritual, emotional and artistic life practice
  • Explorations of where we live geographically, emotionally, ancestrally and spiritually
  • A booklet of writing exercises, including exercises for developing your own best prompts
  • Ongoing support for creating, enhancing and sustaining our writing practice
  • Create and revise a body of work — a dozen poems, several personal essays and/or several stories or a multi-genre collection — over the six weeks of class
  • Develop on a plan for next steps for your writing and writing practice after the class

IMG_0125Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, PhD is the 2009-2013 poet laureate of Kansas, the author of 16 books, and the founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches. Her publications include a novel, The Divorce Girl; a non-fiction book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor & Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other; The Sky Begins at Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body, and four poetry collections. She had been leading community writing workshops for 21 years, working with many populations, but especially from the perspective of how writing together can expand our minds, hearts and spirits. You can read her daily blog, "Everyday Magic" here, and her weekly column on yoga and writing here. Her website is CarynMirriamGoldberg,

This class is for you. Come write about the seasons in your life.




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