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Winter to Spring Groups and Workshops

Tending the Garden: Poetry as Seeds

of Hope and Inspiration

  •  Tuesdays, April 30, May 7 & 14

  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST/ online


Let’s use the garden as metaphor to explore cycles and seasons, including planting seeds and tending, abundance and decay, beauty and nourishment, weeds and herbal medicine, Grandmother wisdom and Mother Nature. We’ll play with the belief in a paradise and fall from it and how Mother Nature is a maternal instinct. We will discuss how to mix sensual details and metaphor in a way that feels organic and urgent. We’ll read poems by Ada Limon, Toni Morrison, Jack Gilbert, and Joy Harjo to inspire our own. We will contemplate how not all gardening attempts are successful and yet we can always try again.

All levels of writers are welcome as well as all levels of gardeners!

No writing or gardening experience required! 

Register at Wisdom Ways 

$110 for all 3 sessions


Exploring the World Through Our Senses  writing workshop

Tuesdays March 5, 12, 19, 26 | 1:30-3:30 PM

in person at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Nicolette Ave & 12th St S in downtown Mpls

Let’s explore our senses to activate memories and imagination. What makes a poem or story come alive? We’ll examine how contemporary poets use sensory details to connect with readers. We’ll learn how delighting in our senses enhances our ability to write our own stories and poems. in coordination with Mpls Community Ed 55+ 

This class is currently filled. 

Writing Love Letters to the World

Meisel Room | Saturday, February 10th, 10:00am

Westminster Presbyterian Church downtown MPLS


Send your love into the world in words and art with Artist-in-Residence Wendy Brown-Báez in a workshop focused on writing a love letter to a part of the world that needs it, locally or globally. Art supplies will be available to help unlock the feelings that don’t immediately translate into words, or to bring new dimensions into written pieces.  ALL AGES WELCOME
Participants who wish to share their work have an opportunity to join Joe Davis the following week at a Poetry Performance Workshop and Radical Joy Open Mic Night at Lutunji’s Palate on Feb 13th at 6:00

Please contact Kenny Vigne at with any questions.

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Being Present with Grief is on Jan 22 at 7:00 PM (due to the holiday)

and will be on Feb 19 at 7:00 PM

We will be present with each other and any grief you are experiencing--loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, a home, a dream, or a physical ability. We use ritual, words of inspiration, silence and sharing.  We end with a somatic practice to ground ourselves. This is not a typical support group but a way to feel supported. You are also welcome to come and just BE. We meet at Unity Minneapolis, 4000 Golden Valley Rd. Golden Valley, MN 55422 

FREE and open to the public.  Love offerings welcomed.  Please arrive on time in consideration of how we begin each session. Pre-registration is not required.


Spiritual Journaling 


First Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 PM in person


Deepen your spiritual practice through self-reflection. We will be inspired by poetry and prose from spiritual and contemporary poets. Each month will focus on a specific topic. Each session begins with mindfulness practice. All materials provided; bring your favorite notebook or journal.

FREE: Drop In and open to the congregation and the public.

Stay after to break bread and attend the 6:00 PM Meditation Service.

At Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403/ 612/332-3421

  • Feb 7: love and solitude

  • March 6: family and identity

  • April 3: seeds of care and consciousness

  • May 1: gratitude and blessings





Westminster Presbyterian Church

Mn Prison Writing Workshop
Pathways: A Healing Center
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality

Unity Minneapolis
The Loft Literary Center

community spaces where I have facilitated writing workshops

The Aliveness Project


Harriet Tubman

Face to Face Academy Charter High School

El Colegio High School

Bridge for Youth

Shingle Creek Commons

Banfill Locke Center for the Arts

Lennox Community Center

Saint Paul Almanac

Eastside Freedom Library
Minneapolis Central Library

Walker Branch Hennepin Library

Saint Louis Park library

NE Wellness

Healing Elements

Santa Fe Community Yoga

Black Dog Cafe

Opposable Thumbs Books

Eat My Words Books

Amazon Bookstore Co-operative


Women & Spirituality Conference

Bay to Ocean Writers Festival

Madeline Island Celebration of Women

Celebrate Yourself Women's Retreat

All About the Journey

Resource Center of the Americas

Springhouse Spiritual Center

Wellstone Center

UMN Oncology Ward

Abbot Northwestern Hosptial

Saint Louis Park Friends of the Arts

Elephant Rock


Youngstown Lit Festival

Jacob's Well

Rosemount Writer’s Festival

CHOICE staff development

Split This Rock Poetry Festival


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