Close to Prayer : A Retreat for Poets

December 11, 2018 - December 14, 2018
West Park, NY

Close to Prayer : A Retreat for Poets

Led By: Br. John Forbis, OHC

Fee: $355 (Deposit: $100)

December 11- December 14, 2018

Denise Levertov once wrote: “I’m not very good at praying, but what I experience when I’m writing a poem is close to prayer.”

Come join other poets to pray together by praying the office, writing and sharing our work with each other in a supportive, gentle and sacred space of response and reaction. Bring some poems you have been working on or allow writing prompts to spark your imagination. Copies will be prepared each day for the response to and suggestions for poems each evening.



Br. John Forbis, OHC is an award-winning poet published in the US, UK and South Africa. He also teaches creative writing and poetry in workshops here at the monastery and in the area. His work with faith and poetry has been of great interest to him since he sees his monastic life as poetic and his poetic life as monastic. For him, they go hand-in-glove.



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