Two poetry therapy workshops will take place on the 13th of May as part of the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival 2023. The first is an introduction to poetry therapy, and the second focuses on responding to poetry therapy prompts. Each is a free-standing event, and you are welcome to take part in one or both.
While these events will refer to the therapeutic aspects of poetry therapy, they are not therapy sessions. They will focus on self-expression and creativity, and will be relaxed and inclusive. All are welcome.
There will be optional creative writing activities in both sessions, in response to poetry therapy prompts.
Many myths and legends involve quests or journeys of discovery. In this workshop, you will explore the journey of self-discovery, drawing on symbols from myths and legends. You will respond to inspiring poems, quotations, stories and images. You will Identify your own strengths and hopes for your journey, and create your own vision of a place of peace and fulfilment.
While this workshop is based on the principles and practices of poetry therapy, it is not a therapy session; the focus is on connecting with your creativity and developing self-expression. The workshop is suitable for writers of all levels of experience, and for anyone interested in poetry and creativity.
If you feel that cost is a barrier to your participation, please get in touch with us at the Crescent for a discount code.
This year’s Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival runs from 11-21 May 2023 (to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week). The programme is a mix of varied, vivid arts events that aim to create a platform for high-quality artwork that deals compassionately and intelligently with mental health. Visit NIMHAF.org to see the full programme of events.
About the tutor
Shelley Tracey, a qualified Poetry Therapy Practitioner and member of the Irish Poetry Therapy Network, will share information about poetry therapy, training in this field, and what the IPTN offers. We will explore how poetry therapy works in practice by responding to some typical prompts. While this event will refer to the therapeutic aspects of poetry therapy, it is not a therapy session. It will focus on self-expression and creativity, and will be relaxed and inclusive.