Defying Gravity: Workshops on Poetry as a Spiritual Practice


“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… say yes quickly.”

– Jaluddin Rumi

What constitutes a spiritual practice? And what does poetry have to do with it?

The Defying Gravity workshop starts from Rumi’s assertion that inside each of us is an artist.

We come together and say “Yes” — to that artist, to each other, to the prompts that invite us to explore unexpected images that evolve into poetry.

When we do those things, we push back against the self-doubt that so often silences our hidden artist. We make a conscious decision to seek the beautiful, to practice gratitude, to acknowledge the suffering and troubles in our world and to address them with words of healing and grace.

In short, we defy gravity. We look at all the things that work to hold us down, and we write poems that lift us up. And therein lies our spiritual practice.

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Gloria (left) with workshop participants at the Hoot Owl Inn, Long Lake, New York, for the first annual Poetry as Spiritual Practice Summer Retreat.

To schedule a poetry retreat or workshop, contact Gloria at

Formats available:

  • Weekend
  • Full Day
  • Half Day
  • 8-Week Workshop