South Florida Local Poetry and Writing Retreat Saturday, November 11, 2017

Finding Peace Within:
Writing the Waves of Our Lives
November 11, 2017     9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Sponsored by the National Association for Poetry Therapy

Duncan Conference Center Retreat
15820 S. Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL  33484


Join us in this serene and tropical retreat setting where we will use writing, poetry, yoga, and meditation to help replenish and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. The Duncan Conference Center is minutes away from beautiful Delray Beach.

Workshop 1:  Exploring Nature as a Source of Inspiration
Barbara Kreisberg, MS, CPT

In this workshop, participants will be given several nature poems to explore and the opportunity to create their own nature inspired poetry.  Poems and other writing exercises and prompts will be used to nurture and re-energize the self.


Workshop 2:  Writing for Wellness: The Magic of the Written Word
Merle R. Saferstein

This workshop will help the participants realize the value of writing and how it can lead to healing, personal growth, and a better understanding of self. The exercises and prompts will provide an opportunity to explore various writing techniques.


Workshop 3: The Joys of YoPo:  YogaPoetic Practice
Diane Allerdyce , , Ph.D., CAPF & Brit Courtney, MSN

This workshop celebrates and employs the commonalities of yoga and poetry in order to facilitate a greater integration among the elements that make up our “selves.”  Potential benefits include flexibility of thought, awareness of the breath, appreciation for the expressive and evocative use of language, and ease of movement.


For registration and further info:  Contact

(Pre-registration encouraged by November 4th)

Cost:  $80 (Includes lunch and all workshops and activities)



Schedule for the Day

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m .      Sign-in and Welcome
9:15 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.       Silent Labyrinth Walk
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.      Workshop I
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.     Break
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.     Workshop 2
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.       Lunch
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m .     Workshop 3
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m .     Wrap Up and processing of Labyrinth Walk (Optional Sharing)

Workshop Presenters


Diane Allerdyce, Ph.D., CAPF, is the Co-Founder & CAO of Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice in Delray Beach, Florida. She is also Chair of Humanities & Culture in the Ph.D. program at Union Institute & University. Diane is a past-President of NAPT. She received the NAPT Distinguished Service Award (2007) and the NAPT Outstanding Achievement Award (2009).

Brit Courtney, MSN is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher, Kripalu certified. She has participated in workshops and intensives with master teachers in Kundalini Yoga, Recovery Yoga, Yoga for Aging, ATMA Yoga. She has had her own practice since 1988. She is a retired nurse-midwife and has worked as a farmworkers’ clinic nurse and as a hospice nurse.

Barbara Kreisberg, MS, CPT is a certified poetry therapist with over 30 years’ experience facilitating workshops in the South Florida community as well as in day treatment and inpatient hospital settings.  Her focus is on personal growth and healing through the use of poetry and journal therapy techniques.  She is currently serving on the National Association for Poetry Therapy Board as Vice President and Conference Chair and received the Outstanding Service Award in April, 2014.

Merle R. Saferstein, author and speaker, spent her career in education as a teacher and an administrator. For twenty-six years, she was the director of education at a Holocaust center in South Florida. Currently, she facilitates writing classes for women who had or have cancer, journal workshops for bereaved children, and a Living and Leaving Your Legacy® class for people of all ages. Merle has filled 360 journals since she began writing in 1974.

NAPT Offers Regional Gatherings Grants

The grants will help current NAPT members defer costs associated with hosting regional meetings and conferences. This support is both monetary and in the form of promotion of events to the general membership. These grants are available for travel costs and speaking fees of presenters, room rentals, print materials, publicity, and refreshments.