Living the Questions: A one-day circle of writing, connection and renewal with Mary Ann Moore

April 8, 2017
Offered by Bethlehem Centre
Nanaimo BC

Living the Questions: A one-day circle of writing, connection and renewal with Mary Ann Moore

Sat Apr 8, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuition: $125 (includes lunch and snacks)

In a writing circle with the theme of “Living the Questions,” you will have an opportunity for replenishment, an honouring of your voice and a chance to write what has meaning for you. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned writer, we’ll take our time with the questions we carry and have a look at inspiration from other writers and poets like Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Mary Oliver, Alison Pick, David Whyte and others. “The asking of new questions often leads us to the perilous, growing edge of our minds”, Dawna Markova has written and that sort of challenge, that “growing edge,” is something to stretch towards in our writing and in our lives. A labyrinth walk will offer calm and rebalance with an opportunity to enter with a question and return with an answer. Or as Rainer Maria Rilke advised: “perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

Rumi was a Sufi mystic and poet (Muslim); Rilke, Oliver and Whyte are from a Christian tradition; Alison Pick is from a Jewish tradition.

Mary Ann Moore brings her passion for poetry and for writing as a spiritual practice to the circles she offers.  As a poet, writer and circle leader, she has

twenty years of experience of writing in community and finds great delight in seeing people awaken their creative potential. As well as day-long circles at Bethlehem Centre and elsewhere, Mary Ann offers six-week women’s writing circles called Writing Life. Mary Ann’s poetry, fiction and personal essays have appeared in chapbooks, literary journals, websites, anthologies, on CD and in a full-length book of poems, Fishing for Mermaids (Leaf Press, 2014). She writes a blog at and offers a mentoring program called Writing Home: A Whole Life Practice which you can learn more about on her website:




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