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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


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 the hour, Ricki Pollycove, an experienced physician, shares bedside narratives from end of life care with an award winning poet, Jane Hirshfield, guiding an experience of poetry as portal to emotions that serve as a compass in the direction of healing.

Music as evocative medicine for the soul accompany this session. Attendees will be invited to sink into deep listening, feeling, thinking, resonating and navigating paths through experiences of loss, mourning, grief, anxiety and fear.

Participants are encouraged to write their own poems, recognizing poetry a a window into emotions and a valuable place to dwell in sadness. Writing words were not said in life can honor theist, release regret of unfinished business and give permission to heal. For those who are curious about "Poetry as Therapy" this moving introduction may create a new avenue for self expression and understanding.


Health/Wellness Interactive Ritual Music Literature