National Association for Poetry Therapy 38th Annual Conference

National Association for Poetry Therapy
38th Annual Conference
April 26-29, 2018

Poetry Therapy in a Changing World:
Pathways to Growth, Healing, and Social Justice

Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, MN.


 The Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, Minnesota, is a beautiful retreat center that has 130 acres of natural beauty surrounding Lake McKnight.  Located just 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and the Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport, the property has everything needed for an idyllic retreat.

Enjoy Keynote speakers, featured poets, exciting opening and closing events, and a wide choice of workshops that explore the use of creative expression and the literary arts, to promote growth, healing and social justice through language, symbol, and story.    

At our 2018 conference, we are introducing “Tracks” into the program to help attendees select workshops which best suit their needs as professionals. The tracks are:

Clinical/Health Care Setting: for those interested in working in both mental health and medical professions

Educational Setting: for those interested in working in schools, universities, after-school programs, etc.

Social Justice: for those interested in working in community settings that address cultural diversity, gender identity, and social issues

Spirituality: for those interested in working in spiritual centers or pastoral care, or whose work has primarily a spiritual focus

The Conference Program and Registration Form are now available so that you may now register for the conference online.

Download the Conference Program
Online Conference Registration

You may now make reservations for Lodging directly with the Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center in advance.  All reservations must be made BEFORE Tuesday, April 3, 2018as there is limited space available for the NAPT block of rooms.  Other lodging at a nearby hotel will be available, should the rooms become filled before this date.

To make your reservation, call 952-368-1492, or 877-874-6772 and ask for the NAPT guestroom rate which is $119.00 + tax per ROOM (not per person). Tax rate is 7.375%, Total $127.78. This includes hot breakfast in the Seasons Restaurant for each guest each morning.

NAPT Scholarships for Conference Registration

To encourage newcomers to our conference, we are offering up to eight scholarships of $250 each to first- time conference attendees. If you wish to apply, submit your name, e-mail, regular mailing address and major field of endeavor, along with a brief essay of no more than 500 words indicating your professional/educational links to poetry therapy and reasons for wishing to attend the NAPT conference. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018. If you have already registered you may still apply, and if you are awarded the scholarship, you will be reimbursed that amount. Applicants will be notified before March 1 of their acceptance. Please send all application letters to Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at


Another way to receive a conference registration discount is to volunteer at the Registration Table.  Participants who choose to volunteer will not only be helping NAPT at the conference, but also receiving $15 per hour off of their registration up to $60.  Please contact Barbara Kreisberg at if you might be interested in volunteering.

Book Sale

NAPT is pleased to announce that Subtext, a local bookstore in the Minneapolis area, will be the official book seller at the conference. If you are interested in Subrext ordering any of your books directly from the publisher and selling them for you, please contact Barbara Kreisberg at with the following information by January 20th so that the book store can order your books in time for the conference.

Author’s Name
Title of the Book
Cost of the book

Join our Silent Auction

On Saturday of our conference, we will hold a silent auction with many different items on which to bid to show your support of NAPT. If you are interested in donating new 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 (Ren) vanMeenen at by April 1.Note: donated items will need to be brought or shipped to the conference site and are tax deductible.

If you would like to bring and sell your own books, you may do so on your own OR you could bring your books to the conference and they will sell your books for you. For more information, on this option, or any other questions, please contact Subtext directly at with “Poetry Therapy Conference Attention, Matt” in the subject line.

This is an opportunity for our attendees and/or workshop presenters to showcase and sell their books. We look forward to your participation!


Past NAPT Annual Conferences

Reaching New Heights: Following your Poetic Journey

Denver, CO April 6-9 2017

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

Kansas City, MO April 14-17 2016

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Blue Ridge Reflections: Word-Paths for Growth and Healing

Asheville NC April 23-26 2015

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Oasis in the Southwest: Reflection and Renewal through Expressive Writing and Poetry

Scottsdale AZ April 24-27 2014

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Standing on the Shore: Glimpsing New Horizons

Chicago IL April 11-14 2013

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Writing the Winds of Change

Chicago IL April 26-29 2012

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Looking Forward, Looking Back, Coming Home: Celebrating Thirty Years of Promoting Growth and Wellness through Language, Symbol, and Story

Washington DC April 7-11 2010

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Embracing Poetic Expression: Creative Pathways for Self, Community, and the World

Washington DC April 15-19 2009

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Reaching Out/Reaching In: Expressive Writing for Healing, Growth, and Well-being

Minneapolis, MN April 2-6 2008

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Growth & Healing through Language, Symbol and Story

Portland, OR April 17-22 2007

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From Our Roots to the Present: Liberating Voices through Poetry Therapy

Boston, MA April 19-23 2006

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Gateway to Wholeness: Poetry Therapy for the Individual, Family, and Community

St. Louis, MO 2005

The Intimate Word: Transforming Lives Through Poetry Therapy

Costa Mesa, CA 2004

Diving Into Language: A Multicultural Journey in Poetic Healing

Miami, FL 2003

Emerging Landscapes: Poetic Visions and Vistas

Denver, CO 2002