2008 Power of Words Conference
The 2008 conference was held Sept. 11-15 at Goddard College, bringing together close to 110 people for an indepth exploration of TLA in their lives and world. Keynote presenters included:
The conference began with a pre-pre-conference workshop, "The Unfolding Path: Making the Work You Love Come True," an all-day workshop led by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Kelley Hunt. Pre- and post-conference workshops included "Creating the Work You Love" with Rick Jarow, "The Power of the Trickster" with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, "Poetry Therapy Medicine: Ten Prescriptions That Could Change Your Life" with Sherry Reiter, and "Canastoria: The Original Form of Street Theatre from Ancient Times to Today," with Bread and Puppet, a workshop that led into a rollicking performance during the opening night of the conference. Other opening night dazzlers were Janet Aalfs, performing martial arts poetry which left us all breathless, a talk on "Paying it Forward in TLA" by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, a song by Kelley Hunt, an artist talk by Cynthia Ross, and an introduction of holding the space by Kristina and Callid Keefe-Perry.
Among the highlights of the conference was the closing evening events: a spectacular open mic that included over 25 people performing poetry, stories, song, rap, chants and more followed by a closing ceremony led by Kristina and Callid Keefe-Perry that brought us all outside in a large circle in the moonlight where we sat in silence, and spoken — when any of us felt so called — of what moved us during the conference. The circle culminated in a dance led by Evi Torton Beck.
Workshops were varied and plentiful, including: