fall 2017 circles

Writing Life: Start Where You Are on Sunday, September 17 at Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo
Writing Life: Finding Your Stories in the Every Day on Sunday, October 22 at Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo
Writing Life: Maps of the Possible on Saturday, November 18 at Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo
The Place You Already Are: Poetry as Medicine on Saturday, December 10 at Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo

living the questions

a one-day circle of writing, connection and renewal with Mary Ann Moore

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nanaimo

In a writing circle with the theme of “Living the Questions,” participants will have an opportunity for replenishment, an honouring of their voice, and a chance to write what has meaning for them. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned writer, we’ll take our time with the questions we carry and have a look at inspiration from other writers and poets like Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Mary Oliver, Alison Pick, and David Whyte. A labyrinth walk will offer calm and rebalance with an opportunity to enter with a question and return with an answer. Or as Rainer Maria Rilke advised: “perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” 

Have a look at my blog written about “Living the Questions” here.

The photo is of a pilgrimage and “What is a pilgrimage?” Thomas Merton asked. He answered: “A return to a place where there will be an encounter and a renewal of life.”


The fee for the one-day circle (including lunch and snacks at Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo),  is $125.

to register:

Please call Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo at 250-754-3254
If you’re from out of town, consider staying overnight at Bethlehem Centre.

the setting

Shepherd Hall at Bethlehem Centre
2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo


If you haven’t been to a circle with Mary Ann before and you’d like to connect in person in advance, please contact Mary Ann Moore at 250-729-2630 or

the intent of the writing circle :

  • To provide a safe place for people to tell their stories.
  • To find the still centre of ourselves and of the circle.
  • To write what has heart and meaning for us.
  • To realize our role as leaders in a circle of leaders.
  • To remember the divine feminine and embrace our female and male teachers.
  • To becoming a community of peers slowing down to a natural rhythm.

what a former circle member has to say:

I felt comfortable and honoured to be in a diverse circle of Remembering Our Earth Mother and Remembering Our Selves. The enthusiasm and spiritual energy were superb. I was glad to be in the circle where we drew encouragement, support and healing energy from each other.
Germaine Chrupalo, O.S.B.

Mary Ann Moore

As a poet, writer and circle leader, I bring many years of experience, passion and playfulness to writing and exploring in community. I find great delight in seeing people awaken their creative potential.