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Advent Poetry Retreat with Alexandra Donovan

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 122 South California Avenue Monrovia, CA, 91016 United States (map)

“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.”


In this half-day advent retreat, we will explore poetry and the writing process as a form of soul care. Many of us turn to poems to help us in times of grief, despair, transition, or uncertainty, but the idea of writing poetry ourselves can feel daunting. We will explore ways to tap into the creative spirit that is part of our birthright, and we will experiment with poetry as a way to help us play, grieve, unearth, and listen deeply more to our own psyches, our own stories, especially during the anticipatory season of advent. Writers of all levels--novice to poet laureate--are invited to join and enrich this group exploration of the creative mind.


The cost of this retreat is $38.

Please note: this is a half-day retreat that will conclude before lunch. No lunch will be served.

About the Presenter

Alexandra Donovan is a poet, teacher, and volunteer chaplain. She received her BA from Stanford University and her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Alexandra’s writing has appeared in Pirene’s Fountain, Selfish Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, Gyroscope Review, and Presence Journal. Her first chapbook, Mother Stump, is now available from Yak Press.