2007 Power of Words Conference
The 2007 conference was held Sept. 28 – Oct 1 at Goddard College, gathering close to 120 people from around the world, including Australia and the Artic Circle. Keynoters were:
This conference featured a panel on spirituality, social action and the word, which featured Quakers Callid and Kristina Keefe-Perry, spiritual seeker Elizabeth Ann Hin, David Abram, Allison Hedge Coke, consciousness studies scholar Francis Charet, and minister and educator Bill Beardslee. The open mic brought together wonderful talent from among participants. Talking circles, held each morning for all participants, allowed participants to better integrate their conference experiences. A witnessing circle, led by Kristina Perry and Callid Keefe, gave everyone who participated a chance to sit in silence together and speak when moved. Pre- and post-conference workshops included the body and breathing earth with David Abram, writing about the horrendous and the beautiful with Allison Hedge Coke, sacred circle dance with Evelyn Torton Beck, narrative medicine with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, poetry therapy with Perie Longo, and breath and movement and writing with Janet Aalfs.
The conference workshops this year were very rich:
The TLA Network also met at the council and continued to grow, and this conference also included a book release party for the TLA Network’s first publication, The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader.