poetry as a doorway in . . . and a welcome home

the place you already are: poetry as medicine
a one-day circle of writing, connection and renewal

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Poetry can carry a burden,” poet Lorna Crozier said. Whether you are new to poem writing or a seasoned pro, you will have an opportunity for replenishment and an honouring of your voice through the reading and writing of poetry. Begin with a memory, a theme or a few words from a poem and make discovery in the writing of your own. “Poems  are maps to the place where you already are,” said poet Jane Hirshfield. There are many ways to tell your story; poem making is one of them. A labyrinth walk, where everything is a metaphor, will offer calm, rebalance and insight.


The fee for the one-day circle (including morning and afternoon snacks as well as lunch) is $140 payable to Bethlehem Centre in advance.

Please contact Bethlehem Centre to register.
Telephone: 250-754-3254
To register online visit:

the setting:

Bethlehem Centre
2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo
Telephone: 250-754-3254


If you haven’t been to a circle with Mary Ann before, it’s a good idea to have a chat with Mary Ann in advance. Please contact Mary Ann Moore at 250-729-2630 or

the intent of the poetry as a doorway in 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.

mary ann moore:

I bring my passion for poetry and for writing as a spiritual practice to this day-long writing circle. A labyrinth walk will offer calm and rebalance. Poetry will offer a doorway in and a welcome home. These practices help to root us in the present. Memories recalled will be integrated into the here and now. We’ll plant seeds of self-compassion along the way, so we may learn to love the evolving parts of ourselves. Come and open to the gifts of writing in community and a return to “a sense of reunion” with yourself.

Mary Ann’s wisdom and gentle guiding opened the group’s creative heart. Before we knew what happened, she had us writing our own poetry. In the stillness, reading inspirational poetry, and nudging us to explore, we wrote as if ”packing for our future.” Encouraged to share our creations, powerfully insightful poems unfolded. Mary Ann Moore’s love of poetry sparked our creative spirits.
Jo Ann Mast, Master Labyrinth Teacher