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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 Packer, 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.

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.  

Book Sale

This is an opportunity for our attendees and/or workshop presenters to showcase and sell their books. If you are interested, please send the following information to Barbara Kreisberg at

  • Author's Name
  • Book Title
  • Cost of Book (rounded to the nearest dollar)
  • Number of copies to be brought to conference

**We would greatly appreciate it if authors would donate 15% of their sales to NAPT. Unfortunately we cannot accept credit cards, so attendees would have to pay in cash or by check. Book sellers would be responsible for bringing their books to the conference and taking home any unsold books.


NAPT is pleased to announce that we have five $200 scholarships available for first time attendees. More information about the application process will be posted here on the NAPT website in mid-December.

Silent Auction

Due to the interest and success of our Silent Auction last year, we are adding this event to our program again this year. A wide array of items will be on display and by bidding on them, you will be showing your support of NAPT. If you are interested in donating books, instructional or documentary CDs or DVDs, original artwork, handmade crafts, or other items related to poetry, writing or other creative or therapeutic practices, please contact Karen vanMeenen at by March 20th. Note: donated items will need to be brought or shipped to the conference site and are tax deductible. We welcome your valuable contributions to this event!

Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers who would be able to devote 1-3 hours of their time to helping to set up and/or run the Registration Table and help at the Book Sale. Volunteers will be able to get a $15 discount per hour (up to three hours) off of their Registration Fee.

We are also looking for a Volunteer Coordinator who would oversee the Registration table as well as a Book Sale Coordinator who would oversee the book sales (Good organizational skills, sales experience and good calculation skills preferred). These two individuals would have their Registration fees waived, and would be able to attend workshops at the conference if they ensure full coverage of both areas during the day by themselves or from a committee of volunteers.

Contact Barbara Kreisberg at if interested in any of the above items or if you have any questions. Thank you!


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