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Reimagine End of Life is a week exploring big questions about life and death.
SF Bay Area October 24 – November 03, 2019

Poetry as Medicine

Hosted by

Ricki Pollycove, MD and Jane Hirshfield at the California Institute of Integral Studies

Poetry as Medicine

Tuesday, October 29

5:15pm-6:15pm

1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Poetry as "healing medicine" dates back to Ancient Greece. Neuroscience today posits that "poetic engagement activates the brain, allowing a deeper understanding to emerge activating healing."

Avenues for healing suffering and loss include poetry as "medicine for the soul."

In this hour, Ricki Pollycove, an experienced physician, award winning poet, Jane Hirshfield will offer an experience of poetry as a portal for navigating death and loss with heart and mind open to these experiences as a potent and healing gift, unavoidable parts of a fully human life.

Music as evocative medicine for the soul will accompany this session. Attendees will be invited to sink into deep listening, feeling, thinking, resonating and the navigating compass that poetry's hearing, reading, and writing can offer.

paths through experiences of loss, mourning, grief, anxiety and fear.

For those who are curious about "Poetry as Therapy" this moving introduction may create a new avenue for self expression and understanding.

Type:

Health/Wellness Interactive Ritual