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Charter for Compassion Offers $25 Poetry Course


Charter for Compassion Offers $25 Poetry Course
Poetry For Inspiration and Wellbeing

Facilitated by John Smelcer, PhD

Charter for Compassion Offers $25 Poetry Course


Four Week Online Course
Start Date: October 8, 2018
Cost: $25

Poetry has the power to inspire. Poetry can give witness to social injustices or show us how to live mindfully and compassionately. Poetry is therapeutic. For those who are hurting, poetry has the power to heal.

Many people begin writing poetry as part of a healing process. By writing about what has injured our spirit in the past and about how we feel about ourselves presently, we can diminish suffering and begin to rediscover joy.

This course will explore how writing poetry can inspire not only us, but others, how it can increase well-being, and how it can be used to teach tolerance, understanding, and compassion, including compassion for the earth and all living things.

Do you sometimes wish you were a writer but you don’t know where to start? Do you think you have to earn a degree to be a writer? All it really takes to be a writer is a desire to write, imagination, time, and persistence. A writer is someone who writes. A poet is someone who sees the world differently from everyone else and who can put their vision into words.

This is an opportunity to learn about writing poetry from one of the longest-serving poetry editors of a national magazine in American history. “Everyone is a poet, just some of us write it down.”  John Smelcer

John Smelcer (Ph.D.) is the award-winning author of more than fifty books, including a dozen books of poetry. His poems have been published in over 500 journals worldwide. He studied literature and world religions at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard. He has taught literature and creative writing at universities for three decades. For almost a quarter of a century, he was poetry editor at Rosebud Magazine, what the Boston Globe once called “the best literary magazine in America.” In 2015, Dr. Smelcer discovered the worldly possessions of Thomas Merton, one of the most influential religious and spiritual philosophers and writers and social rights/peace activists of the 20th century. The artifacts had been safeguarded for half a century by a former nun and her husband, who had been Merton’s brother monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani. Dr. Smelcer writes a blog for the Charter for Compassion.

The Charter for Compassion is proud to announce that John Smelcer is the Charter Education Institute’s inaugural writer-in-residence! Learn more here.

You can read more about the instructor, the course and you can register here

We would love to have you join us!

The Charter for Compassion Education Institute

Check out all that the Charter for Compassion Education Institute has to offer! All courses are listed here

With the Charter for Compassion at the heart of all we do, we invite all people to join us in making compassion the driving force as we work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow beings and help create a just economy and a peaceful global community. Our courses are authored by uniquely skilled contributors who share tools and strategies to cultivate self-compassion, compassion for others, and compassionate action. CEI is supported by tuition costs. As an arm of the Charter for Compassion, CEI contributes its net income to support the operations of the Charter.

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