Emilie Lygren is a poet and outdoor educator who seeks to bring people into deeper relationship with themselves, their communities, and the natural world. Emilie has honed her expertise in facilitation and the art of instruction through extensive work as an author and curriculum designer, and as a participant in containers focused on transformation and healing. Her first book of poetry, What We Were Born For, and was named the top book pick for February, 2022 by the Poetry Foundation.
Poems can transform and heal. Writing can help us feel less alone with grief, approach stuck parts of ourselves with curiosity, root more deeply into presence and joy. This is an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and listen for the wisdom that sits just under the surface. We will read, write, and share poems in community. Bring a journal and a pencil. All levels of familiarity with poetry are welcome! We are all always beginners. Everyone is already experienced.
If you’ve caused harm, what can it look like to receive feedback with grace? This is an important skill, particularly in conversations about race. In this participant-centered workshop, we will reflect on what gets in the way of being receptive to feedback, engage with practices for staying somatically and emotionally present in a feedback conversation, and discuss how to bring Soulplay Inclusion and Belonging Values to life in our interactions at and beyond the festival.