Winter Retrospective: The Dung Beetle!

Experimenting with three models of spiritual struggle and how they "land" in the body, with poetry by Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Doreen Gildroy

Rough winter? Reframe it with a fun, experimental look at three different models of spiritual struggle and how they "land" in the body. Get ready to embody Rumi's chick pea, Rainer Maria Rilke's wrestler, and Doreen Gildroy's dung beetle.

Includes:

-a 60-minute yoga-based movement practice guiding you through an embodied exploration of poetic language

-a music playlist lovingly chosen to capture the poem's ambiance (crafted to match the arc of the physical practice, so you can choose to practice with music)

-a link to the poetry, and a short reflection capturing the most striking phrases, themes, and imagery.

-a distilled skeleton of the sequence (poses, breath exercises, and visualizations) for your reference


In an embodied approach to language, the goal is to generate a spontaneous, authentic experience of a poem that you can hold on to (or, if you're a teacher, one you can share)! When we linger with poems not with our rational "thinky" brain, but with a more primal gut layer of our being, we can absorb their truth and beauty deeper into the psyche. When poems live there, they pop up more regularly in our everyday lives, suffusing our days with new meaning and presence.

*available for 48 hours upon enrollment


Your Instructor


Katy Hawkins
Katy Hawkins

Katy Hawkins, PhD, is a professor at Bryn Mawr College, Creator of Moving Poetics, and Director of Shiné: Mind/Body/Spirit in Philadelphia. Moving Poetics courses represent the culmination of her 27 years of teaching, in universities (Comp Lit and Gender and Queer Studies) and in her work of the last decade, teaching poetry through somatics. This cutting edge pedagogical inroad to critical thinking incorporates the urgent need for mind/body integration among students today.


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