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National Association for Poetry Therapy
ANNUAL CONFERENCE - April 14-17, 2016
UNITY VILLAGE near Kansas City, MO

Converging in the Heartland:
Poetic Expression for Healing Mind, Body and Soul

  • Thursday Evening Opening Event:  Laura Parker, Storyteller, Writer
  • Friday Keynote Speaker: Dr. Diane Kaufman, Founder and Director of Arts Medicine for Health & Healing
  • Saturday Keynote Poet:  Xanath Caraza, Educator, Poet and Short Story Writer
  • Saturday Celebratory Closing Event:  Maura Garcia, Dance artist empowering participants through movement

Join us at Unity Village for the next NAPT annual conference and enjoy this beautiful 1,200 acre peaceful and natural environment. This lush Mediterranean-style campus offers a quiet refuge and nurturing activities for body, mind, and spirit. Several didactic, experiential, and training workshops in the field of poetry therapy, journal therapy and other forms of expressive writing for healing and personal growth will be offered. A call for proposals form will be posted on our website here at in early September.  We invite you to send in your proposals by October 15th.

The scenic campus is located at 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, Missouri, 15 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  The closest international airport to fly into is MCI airport, 45 minutes away. Look for further details in the coming months on event programming, scholarships, and special events. There will be shuttle service recommended for transportation to and from the airport, and information on how to share shuttle service for discounted fares will be available as well. Unity Village will be partnering with the Hampton Inn Kansas City-Lee’s Summit for lodging in case there is any overflow of attendees.  For further information as it becomes available, please contact Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at



Barbara Kreisberg, Vice President of Conferences for more information at



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