Tending the Soul in Challenging Times

Tending the Soul in Challenging Times


Please email director@peacetreecenter.org to be added to the wait list.

Whether we’re struggling to maintain our balance in response to the challenges of current events, or walking thru a tangle in our personal lives, or both, we all need to find ways to nourish and sustain our souls.

In this day-long workshop, we will make a clearing for stilling the turmoil. We will spend time in meditation to find a deeper quiet within, and we will spend time exploring the ways a poem can speak to us, touch us, enlighten and guide us.

The morning session will include a Poetry Dive during which you will be invited to lie back and let poetry and music bathe you with words and sound. In the afternoon, we will explore ways to come into deeper conversation with a poem, allowing it to be both mirror and guide, and to bring its full medicine to our souls.

In the safety of a small group, time will be given in guided meditation, group conversation and personal time for journaling.

This day is not about writing poetry. We will be guided by poems written by a variety of known poets. There will be an abundance of poems to choose from or bring one you love and want to work with.

Please bring your journal and a sack lunch.

For registration and further information contact

Jessica Gazzola at 314-283-4697 or by email at: director@peacetreecenter.org

With questions about the program contact Wendy at wendysarno@sbclobal.net

December 1, 2018

9AM to 4PM

Peace Tree Spirituality Center
Florissant, MO

Register through Eventbrite

Facilitated by
Wendy Sarno

Poetry as Medicine

Since earliest times, in every generation, poets have raised their voices in protest and prayer in response to the wounds of the world. Some have said it is the poets who will lead us now and bring the necessary heart wisdom, the medicine to the healing needed in our day.

Poetry is the ancient language of human culture, the language of myth and hymn and story throughout history.

Something in the rhythm, musicality and symbolic imagery of a poem invites us to touch into the deeper places of the heart, drops us into a more intimate space with ourselves, and there we may find the mother tongue of our souls.

A poem can be medicine as well as an ally and a wisdom teacher to walk with us through tangled times.


Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.

Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there

 until the song
that is yours alone to sing
falls into your open cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.

 Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world,
so worthy of rescue.

-Martha Postelwaite

Wendy Sarno, has been serving as a spiritual guide for many years. She leads retreats and workshops on a variety of topics designed to nourish the soul and lead toward greater wholeness. She is a founding associate with woman’Space. Much of her work with groups involves the use of writing to facilitate the collecting of individual stories and aid in spiritual exploration. She is a devoted initiate in Kim Rosen’s Poetry Depths Mystery School. Her greatest joy is working with others as they allow a poem to open and reveal the deepest language of soul. Wendy recently published her first book Writings from Wild Soul available at Blurb.com