NAPT Special Event: Body & Soul: Integrating Elements of the Self through Poetry & Movement with Diane Allerdyce, Ph.D. and Rob Merritt, Ph.D.
Title of workshop: Body & Soul: Integrating Elements of the Self through Poetry & Movement
Purpose of the workshop: To celebrate connections among mind, heart, spirit, and body through yoga-inspired movement and poetry; to increase awareness of the layers of our consciousness and to facilitate a greater integration among the elements that make up ourselves. Flexibility of thought, awareness of the breath, appreciation for the expressive and evocative use of language, and ease of movement are potential benefits of a yogapoetic practice!
Approach: Through a series poetic readings, writing and sharing exercises, in combination with gentle physical movement and breathing, we'll move into deeper layers before emerging at the end of the workshop with renewed life force.
Who should attend: Anyone who enjoys words and gentle movement! This workshop is designed for all bodies at any stage of life and any level of physical fitness. Familiarity with yoga or with poetry therapy is not required.
Diane Allerdyce, Ph.D., past president of NAPT, is Chair and Professor of Humanities & Culture in the Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute & University. She is also cofounder of the Florida-based non-profit Center for Education, Training & Holistic Approaches, Inc. (CETHA), which operates Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice and Teaching by Heart in Haiti, a support program for teachers. Her creative publications include a chapbook, Whatever It Is I was Giving Up (Pudding House, 2007), House of Aching Beauty (EditionsPerleDesAntilles, 2012), and “The Gift” (North American Review, 2019). Diane received the NAPT Distinguished Service Award (2007), the NAPT Outstanding Achievement Award (2009), and the Jennifer Bosveld Award for Poetry & Social Justice (2015). A nearly lifelong yogi, Diane completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2019.
Rob Merritt, Ph.D., Chair of the English Department at Bluefield College is the author of the poetry collections View from Blue-Jade Mountain (2019), The Language of Longing, and Landscape Architects and the critical book Early Music and the Aesthetics of Ezra Pound. He has taught poetry in China and often writes “under the influence” of the Chinese “Rivers and Mountains” poets.
A former vice-president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, he works to share the healing power of expressive writing.