The purpose of these retreats, seminars, and courses is to open up great poetry as a resource for personal spiritual growth. Whether poetry is a longtime friend or brand new to you, we hope to send participants forth with a fresh appreciation of how poetry's special crafting of language and imaginative vision can enrich our quest for fuller life in greater intimacy with God. The poets whose works we come to know are spiritual pilgrims like ourselves, who explore our cares and hopes, our yearnings for relation to God and one another, and our call to heal a broken world.
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"Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings,
to the unknown,
and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.
Having once experienced the mystery, plenitude, contradiction,
and composure of a work of art, we afterwards have
a built-in resistance to the slogans and propaganda of over-simplification
that have often contributed to the destruction of human life.
Poetry is a verbal means to a non-verbal source.
It is a motion to no-motion,
to the still point of contemplation and deep realization."
~ U.S. Poet A.R. Ammons ~