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November 2017

Women’s Poetry Circle at the Farmhouse

November 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Farmhouse, Candler, , NC + Google Map

A small and intimate poetry circle at the beloved farmhouse. We will gather around the woodstove to read and discuss poems, then be led through writing exercises based on the prompts from the poems. Tea and snacks provided. Registration : $25 can be sent through Paypal or check email motherskylark@gmail.com

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January 2018

Restorative Yoga and Poetic Medicine : An Embodied Poetry Reading

January 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Embodiment Center, 120 Coxe Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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Your body and spirit will sing with joy at this new way of experiencing poetry. Instead of sitting in one position and ignoring the signals of your body, you will be guided into a variety of gentle yoga postures with ample props to support full relaxation. While in each of these shapes, a poem will be offered and you are invited to either listen fully or allow the rhythm and cadence of the poetry to wash over you. Included are…

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A Year of Poetic Healing : Asheville, NC

January 21, 2018 - December 2, 2018
Untitled, Asheville, NC + Google Map

A Year of Poetic Healing : Women's Circle will lead women through a year long intuitive journey to their creative center. A poetry circle is not a class or a workshop, but rather a formed vessel of rich sharing, communion, and collective healing. It is where we begin to lay the foundations for the life we most want to create for ourselves, and by extension, the world. It is where we hold witness to the soft and tender voice of…

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April 2018

“The Peace of Wild Things : Rewilding the Soul through Poetry and Presence.”

April 20, 2018
Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC + Google Map

Cleveland County 2018 Earthday Conference, Healing with Nature: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind sponsored by Cleveland County Mental Health Association "The Peace of Wild Things : Rewilding the Soul through Nature and Poetry" : a day of workshops and Keynote address by Mary Ellen Lough on poetry and nature as teachers of cultivating joy, beauty, solace and renewal in the world.

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Women’s Multicultural Leadership Conference

April 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Hinton Rural Life Center,

Strengthening leadership among local women and youth and to create strong community bonds through common cultural interactions in Far Western North Carolina by 1) developing and strengthening leadership and entrepreneurship, 2) building bridges between races, and 3) preserving African American culture.

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February 2019

Soup and Poetry Night at the Farmhouse

February 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Poetry and soup to get us through the dark months! The night before Valentines, come explore mystical love. We’ll be reading from poets and mystics that have a lot to say about drawing from the deep well of love, and writing as a way to shape a little dented tin cup that we can place Under the waterfall. A continuation of the famous Farmhouse Poetry Sundays, this winter we’ll be gathering by the woodstove twice a month with hearty soups…

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February Farmhouse Soup and Poetry Night

February 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Poetry and soup to get us through the dark months! A continuation of the famous Farmhouse Poetry Sundays, this winter we’ll be gathering by the woodstove twice a month with hearty soups to read and write poetry together, to wade into the deep interior waters together. No previous writing experience necessary. All are welcome. $30 per session covers a meal (hearty vegetarian soup, local bread, snacks, and tea) and two hours of poetry and discussion in the tradition of Poetic…

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March 2019

Creativity Salon at the Farmhouse with James Nave

March 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us at the farmhouse for a collective creative experience and poetry salon facilitated by James Navé and influenced by all. We’ll be producing some rough drafts, sparking the imagination, inviting the muse. The goal is to glow. The goal is to learn that you can not only lead yourself creatively, but lead others. The wilderness is a little darker than it once was and we need to find ways to shine a little light, for ourselves and others. Gather…

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Spring Poetry and Restorative Yoga

March 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Uptown Yoga Loft, 5 E Marion St #4
Shelby, NC 28150 United States
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Resource your way to blossoming through a unique offering of restorative yoga and poetic medicine. You will be led through gentle and restful poses as you deeply relax into live music and poetry. In the second half of the workshop, you will have a chance to discuss your experiences and be participate in self-exploratory writing exercises. And beautiful integrated experience you won’t want to miss. Mary Ellen Lough is a poetry therapist & single mother living with five children in…

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::: thresholds ::: an spring equinox day retreat

March 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Asheville Yoga, 602 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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    Join yoga teacher and somatic and expressive arts therapist, Maeve Hendrix, and poetry therapist, wildcrafter, and writer, Mary Ellen Lough, for a half day retreat. Threshold retreats are a time to create needed ritual between the cycles of the year and the natural movements of the body and heart. It is time to navigate transition, find balance, metabolize the lessons of the past and welcome the unfolding to come. It is at once to nourish, to cleanse, and…

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