I use poetry as a creative tool to facilitate group dialogue on topics that are often difficult to engage with on a personal level such as sustainability and gender equality.  The workshops are designed using simple creative writing exercises so no previous poetry experience is necessary.

Sustainability Engagement

These workshops focus on highlighting the relevance of sustainable issues in relation to the participants interests.  Using the medium of simple and accessible poetry games, participants have the opportunity to construct a poem from a sustainability themed text and a poem from a selection of themes such as nature, travel, food, creativity and emotions.  Combining alternative lines or sections from each text, a poem is constructed that reflects the participants relationship and understanding of the topics and a conscious or unconscious desired narrative that they wish to construct.  This exercise is followed by group recitals of each poem and discussion on the feelings towards the process and subject matter.  

This workshop is suitable for schools and universities, corporations and galleries and museums who wish to explore the topic in a creative and informal way. 
Benefits include:

  • An introduction to Bohm Dialogue as a method to improve communication, and relationships
  • Improved listening skills
  • Explore sustainability issues in a relaxed and non-threatening way
  • Increased CSR engagement
  • Create dialogue on sustainability issues in relation to the self or business strategy
  • Encourages systems thinking and a more interconnected viewpoint on sustainability
  • Inspires and empowers participants through creative practice and group discussion to feel personally connected to issues of sustainability
  • Allows participants to experience creative writing techniques as a way to explore personal thinking
  • Contribute to participant well-being through participation in creative practice
  • Fun and accessible activity for all ages and gender

This workshop can be further supported by including exercises from my Sustaining Ourselves: Values Workshop.

Below is a selection of poems from previous workshops.

The Feminine Principle

This workshop has been co-created with the poet Danielle Allen and is an ongoing series that explores the feminine principle and the innate feminine and masculine energies that exist within all of us regardless of gender.  We discuss the qualities of both feminine and masculine energies and how these influence thinking and behaviour in our lives and society. 

Using a variety of poetry and creative writing techniques the topic is introduced to the workshop participants to be examined on both a personal and group level. 

The workshop and subsequent group discussion is framed by Bohm Dialogue, a communication technique that encourages the suspension of judgement when listening, and the creation of new thinking through shared meaning. 

The exercises used ensure that the workshop is accessible to all, regardless of previous creative writing experience or knowledge of the topic.  The tone of the workshop is inclusive and informal and the objectives are for it to be thought-provoking and empowering.

'The most important reason why we are out of balance with Nature is the fact that we have lost complete sight of this unifying aspect and have made the feminine principle as well as Life and our Earth our enemy' -The Whole Elephant Revealed, Marja de Vries.

This workshop is suitable for schools and universities, corporations and galleries and museums who wish to explore the topic in a creative and informal way. 
Benefits include:

  • An introduction to Bohm Dialogue as a method to improve communication, and relationships
  • Improve listening skills
  • Explore gender equality issues in a relaxed and non-threatening way
  • Create dialogue on best practice for gender equality in the workplace
  • Inspire participants through creative practice and group discussion
  • Allows participants to experience creative writing techniques as a way to explore personal thinking
  • Contribute to participant well-being through participation in creative practice
  • Fun and accessible activity for all ages and genders

For up-to-date information on The Feminine Principle project please visit our Facebook page.