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Ease, Simplicity and Accepting the Light: A Poetry Play Writing Weekend

November 10, 2023 - November 12, 2023

Poetry has the power to nourish, mend, and rehabilitate. This generative Poetry Play weekend will invite participants to further develop love and compassion for self and others through the reading and writing of poetry. In response to prompts, we will create and share–though no one will ever be required to speak or read. In this trusted circle we will likely grow more at ease within ourselves, more connected to each other, and we will write with more joy and curiosity. With guidance, we will appreciate and encourage each other. We will honor confidentiality and support the development of compassion through deep listening and solitary time to write and reflect in the beautiful SCOL setting in rural Eastern Washington. Critique is not a part of this creative workshop. Elements of poetry will be discussed naturally as we contemplate a variety of published work. Experiences will unfold. In addition, nourishing vegetarian meals will be provided.

About the Facilitators:

Debra Elisa Wöhrmann lives a life of writing, meditation, gardening, cooking, and offering Somatic Bodywork. She facilitates Poetry Play and other creative workshops and loves to support others to realize their possibilities and find greater ease in their lives. She has taught college and high school writing and journalism and earned an MFA in Poetry. KCC became a part of her life soon after she and her husband moved to Portland in 2013.

Kate Rudigier practices acupuncture and herbal medicine in Vancouver, WA at Everyday Zen Acupuncture. Kate enjoys creative writing, reading, meditation and always doing her best to help others. She earned a BA in English Literature before training in East Asian Medicine. She has been a member of KCC since 2020 and is often volunteering at SCOL preparing meals for retreats.


By Jane Hirshfield
A bucket forgets its water,
its milk, its paint.
Washed out, re-used, it can be washed again.
I admire the amnesia of buckets.
How they are forthright and infinite inside it,
simple of purpose,
how their single seam is as thin of rib as a donkey’s.
A bucket upside down
is almost as useful as upright—
step stool, tool shelf, drum stand, small table for lunch.
A bucket receives and returns all it is given,
holds no grudges, fears,
or regret.
A bucket striking the mop sink rings clearest when empty.
But not one can bray.From Ledger, 2020, Alfred A. Knopf


November 10, 2023
November 12, 2023
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SCOL – Retreat Center
Goldendale, WA 98620 United States + Google Map