Truth to Power: Read & Write Poetry of Change

Self-paced in your own home or travels

Immerse yourself in the poetry of social and personal change through reading the writing of U.S., tribal, and state poets laureate along with historic poets, then responding to innovative writing prompts to create your own poems. You’ll discover worlds of poetry as well as the power of the pen through inspiring essays on the craft and passion of writing powerful poetry, and plenty of videos, podcasts, and links to learn more. Poets include Joy Harjo, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Grace Paley, Audre Lorde, Walt Whitman, Li-Young Lee, Adrienne Rich, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Blanco, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Luci Tapahonso, Wendell Berry, W.S. Merwin, William Stafford, and more. You can do this class on your own timeline. More here.

Your Right Livelihood -- The Retreat

September 30, 2022
October 2, 2022
Unity Village
Kansas City, Missouri

Our annual retreat is a welcome refuge from your workaday world to discover what’s knocking on the door of your life’s work right now, welcome what you’re ready to embrace and put into action. Along the way, you’ll re-visit your callings, then examine and reset goals that fit your life and work now. With your peers, you’ll find greater companionship for the journey as well as new ways to build and sustain your vision and resilience. We’ll also relax and have a lot of fun. We’ll gather at Unity Village in the Kansas City, Missouri area for a weekend of replenishment, community, and inspiration beginning at 4 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 30 until mid-morning, Sun., Oct. 2. This historic retreat center is renowned as one of the most beautiful, welcoming, and energy-efficient centers in the country.

How to Design Transformative Workshops & Meetings

October 16, 2022
November 12, 2022
Zoom and online

Structuring effective meetings and groups requires thoughtful preparation and implementation. Learn how to initially assess your audience, create ground rules, open and close sessions, and develop pacing. These very practical skills can help build a strong foundation for the benefit of your participants. Guest podcast teachers: Barbara Bethea and Callid Keefe-Perry. $290 early bird  (regular rate: $320). More information here.

Transforming Conflict & Challenges in Workshops & Meetings

November 13, 2022
December 10, 2022
Zoom and online

Whether we’re beginners or veterans at facilitating workshops or meetings, it’s a given we will occasionally run into elephants in the room (big issues hidden in plain sight) and tiger-like conflicts. We’ll also encounter challenging individuals and groups. Explore best practices for holding boundaries and engaging productively with conflict. We’ll also look at practical strategies on dealing with a variety of challenging people and situations. Guest podcast teacher: Suzi Q. Smith and Ken Lassman. $290 early bird rate until Dec. 8 (regular rate: $320). More information here.

I Walk the Line: Line Breaks in Poetry

November 22, 2022 - 7:30pm
December 13, 2022 - 9:30pm

The line in poetry has everything to do with the music and rhythm of the poem, how the poem looks on the page, and especially the meanings and evocations the poem—line by line, stanza by stanza, and as a whole—offers readers. In composing our lines and line breaks, we work intimately with sound and words, space and print, pacing and stillness. At the same time, we’re constructing the poem as something visual with its own look and design on the page. In this lively workshop, we’ll explore the possibilities of line length and line breaks (and dip into stanza construction) three ways: 1) Reading and discussing a variety of poems; 2) Writing our own poems attuned to what we can do with the line; and 3) Looking at our poems together to experiment, unearth, and play with lines and line breaks. This workshop is sponsored by Lighthouse Writers. Registration and financial assistance information here.

Your Calling, Your Livelihood, Your Life: Making a Living From Transformative Language Arts

December 3, 2022 - 1:00pm

Zoom workshop with Kathryn Lorenzen & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2-4 p.m. ET/ 1-3 p.m. CT/ 12-2 p.m. MT/ 11 a.m – 1 p.m. PT. Transformative Language Arts can be your way to make a living, follow your calling, and fill your life with meaning, connection, and even joy. Join us for this two-hour interactive workshop to engage in conversing with your TLA calling — to add to or become core to your livelihood, deepen your art (whether writing, storytelling, spoken word, songwriting, or more), and grow your community. We’ll write and map what’s calling at large and in particular, how to focus in on what the timing is right for now, and what next steps to consider. We’ll also explore what self-care and a community ethic of supporting each other can look like for you and yours. Finally, there will be time to talk about your questions and possibilities. This workshop is being offered as an event to benefit the TLA Network. Sliding scale fee – register here.

Workshops & Meetings That Change You & the World

January 8, 2023
February 4, 2023
Zoom and online

Join Joy Roulier Sawyer and me for the  first Art of Facilitation class of our new series. We’ll meet by Zoom on Sunday evenings.  So often, we embrace meetings, workshops, and collaborations as the birthplace of positive change for individuals and communities. This makes it essential for us to define our own beliefs about what change truly is. Learn how to guide participants in naming their own definitions of change, as well as dive deep into learning to better listen to and witness others. By modeling this approach, you can guide participants to do the same.  $290 early bird rate until June 10 (regular rate: $320). More information here.

Your Right Livelihood -- The Class

February 5, 2023
April 1, 2023
Zoom, online, and one-on-one phone calls or Zoom

Your work—whether it’s in the arts, business, community service, healing arts, entrepreneurship, or education—can bring you greater purpose and joy. Your work can also help others find and amplify the voices and visions so needed for our local and global communities. This 8-week class meets you where you are and helps you map out your individualized path. Mentored by experienced teachers and inspired by peers as committed as you are, you can discover and develop best practices for meaningful work, art, and service. The class includes in-depth coaching, an individualized portfolio of action plans and materials, expansive online resources, and online and weekly Zoom sessions for discussion and group work, featuring guest teachers. Find out more at our website, contact us for a free Discovery Call, and sign up to receive a free right livelihood guide.

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Brave Voice: Writing & Singing For Your Life

May 14, 2023
May 19, 2023
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, Kansas

Please join Kelley Hunt and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for our 18th annual 6-day retreat to dive into writing, singing, and songwriting, and surface with new work, collaborative creations, a community that supports your artistic development, and a renewed vision of your life. Meet us in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas with plenty of time and space for you to create, connect, and come home to yourself and your imagination. More at

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