The Power of Words Conference 2013

October 11-13, 2013 at Pendle Hill retreat center near Philadelphia

Join us for the 10th annual Power of Words conference to explore how we can use our words — written,  spoken or sung — to make community, deepen healing, witness one another, wake ourselves up, and foster empowerment and transformation. The 2003-2008 Power of Words Conferences were sponsored by Goddard College's Transformative Language Arts Concentration, and conferences since 2008 have been a  project of the TLA Network in partnership with Goddard College. Past conferences have featured David Abram, Grace Paley, Julia Alvarez, Nancy Mellon, Gail Rosen, Greg Grenway, Kelley Hunt, Gregory Orr and many others. This year's conference features keynote activist and band-leader Taina Asili, spoken word artist Michelle Myers, poet Dick Allen, and vocalist Deb Hensley.

Each Power of Word conference features workshops, performances, small and large group events, and celebrations, including exploration of the power of words as related to these areas:

Narrative Medicine/Healing Stories: The stories we tell ourselves, and our culture tells us about how health and illness can be examined and revised to bring us greater meaning and richer lives.

Right Livelihood: Learn innovate ways to use your gifts for making a living, listening to callings, creating effective business plans, self-care, and related topics — all to be presented by experts in the field.

Social Activism: Explore how our words can transform our communities and culture.

Engaged Spirituality: Finding ways that our religious and faith traditions can expressed in ways that are more grounded in the beauty of the natural world and in the realities of the people and places to which we connect.

The TLA Network exists to support and promote individuals and organizations that use the spoken, written, or sung word as a tool for personal and community transformation.

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