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 Class

January 23, 2022
March 19, 2022
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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I Walk the Line: The Music of Poetry

April 7, 2022 - 7:00pm
April 28, 2022 - 8:30pm
January 24, 2022
Zoom and online

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 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) Workshopping our poems together to experiment, unearth, and play with lines and line breaks. Additionally, each student will have a 20-minute session with me to work one-on-one on your poems. The workshop happens on Zoom with an online component full of resources, readings, and inspirations. More here. 

Brave Voice: Writing & Singing For Your Life

May 15, 2022
May 20, 2022
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, Kansas

Please join Kelley Hunt and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for our 17th 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

Online: Art of Facilitation: Facilitating for Community

June 5, 2022
July 10, 2022
Zoom and online

Join Joy Roulier Sawyer and me for a Zoom-based (and online) class. Creating a hospitable circle is one of the keys to effective facilitation, whether you’re facilitating workshops, meetings, or collaborations. How do we set the table to include all–to foster warmth and connection? In this class, learn techniques and tips for welcoming your participants into a safe and meaningful space. And, as we as facilitators learn to co-create a truly communal setting, we too can often experience deep joy and fulfillment. We skip a week for July 4th. $290. Learn 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.

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