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"Poetry is natural medicine, it is like a homeopathic tincture derived from the stuff of life itself - your experience. Poems distill experience into the essentials. Our personal experiences touch the common ground we share with others." 

The Healing Art of Poem-Making
by John Fox, C.P.T., Founder/President
The Institute for Poetic Medicine





At The Institute for Poetic Medicine we are collectively dedicated to nurture and strengthen the human capacity to connect to Self, Other, Community, the Natural World and the Divine.

We offer public workshops, retreats and professional programs with John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, and by others, for groups and individuals in therapeutic, healing, medical, teaching and pastoral professions, as well as for individuals living with life altering illnesses.  We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to healing body, mind and spirit through the creative and therapeutic process of hearing and writing poetry.

We hope you'll enjoy these important communications that are rich with news about previous and upcoming events, poetry healers in action, beautiful photos, and inspiring poetry.

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  • CLICK on Links Below to Enjoy Previous Newsletters!
  • SPRING 2014: Poetic Medicine Journal
  • --John welcomes back his readers with the latest news about IPM
    --Learn about upcoming events in the US, British Columbia and Germany
    --Read about the recent meaningful work of IPM Poetry Partners
    --Find out about books currently available that feature contributions from John
    --Enjoy a radio interview with John
    --View a moving tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook
  • AUGUST 2013 SCHEDULE
  • --Welcome the Fall with Upcoming September workshops in Portland, OR.
  • WINTER 2013: Poetic Medicine Journal/Schedule
  • --Enjoy John's annual holiday letter with photos and recap of some 2012 highlights
    --View John's upcoming schedule of events
    --Read Poetry Partner update news
    --Learn more about upcoming session of poetic medicine training
    --View a YouTube and read about a recent celebration of poetry in Abu Dhabi
  • SUMMER 2012: Poetic Medicine Journal
  • --An exploration of hospice, end-of-life & those experiences that burnish the human heart;
    --A rich, generous issue full of poetry, reflections, experiences; resources & inspirational stories!
    --Read a moving, personal opening letter from John;
    --Enjoy an article about John's visit to California Men's Colony Prison to work with prisoners who train to be hospice volunteers with their fellow inmates;
    --Enjoy learning about San Luis Obispo Hospice and read staff poetry;
    --Enjoy excellent book reviews and additional resources;
    --Download 8 of John's personal poems that have arisen from his own journey;
    --AND so much more! Enjoy!
  • JUNE 2012: Poetic Medicine Schedule
  • --Take a look at where you can enjoy a poetic medicine presentation/workshop with John in the months of June, July, August & September!
  • APRIL 2012: Poetic Medicine Honors Adrienne Rich
  • --View a poignant YouTube of Adrienne Rich reading "What Kind of Times Are These?"
  • FEB 2012: NEW! Poetic Medicine Training Program
  • --Learn about IPM's new 3 phase training program where you may receive a Certificate of Completion (Phase 1 only) or become Certified in Poetic Medicine as a Practioner (completion of all 3 Phases).
  • FEB 2012: UPDATED! Poetic Medicine 2012 Schedule
  • --View John's Updated 2012 Schedule
  • SEPT 2011: POETIC MEDICINE JOURNAL
  • --View John's Schedule (Sept-Nov)
    --Poetry Partner Update: Stories of Arrival (Seattle, WA)
    --Poetry Partner Update: The Word Project (Greensboro, NC)
    --Enjoy Book Reviews, Resources/Live Links
  • APRIL 2011: POETIC MEDICINE JOURNAL
  • --View John's Schedule (April-Oct)
    --Enjoy Book Reviews
    --Learn About Resources, Recommended Links, Websites
  • FEB 2011: POETIC MEDICINE SCHED/NEWS
  • --View John's Schedule (Feb-Oct)
    --Poetry Partner Update: Clubhouse Model As a Path to Rehabilitation-Introducing the Healing Art of Poem-Making (Lehigh Valley, PA)
    --Reflections/Poems About Tucson, AZ Tragedy
    --Poetic Medicine at Wick Poetry Center (Kent State, OH) & Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NH)
  • DEC 2010: HOW YOU CAN HELP IPM
  • --Ways to Help
    --Poetry Partner Update: Stories of Arrival (Seattle, WA)
    --Poetry Partner Update: Writing Towards Wellness
    (Lehigh Valley, PA)
    --Poetry Partner Update: The Word Project (Greensboro, NC)
    --Poetry Partner Update: Lifelines-Arts in Medicine Health Initiative,
    University of Medicine & Dentistry (Newark, NJ)
  • SUMMER 2010: POETRY PARTNERS
  • --Stories of Arrival:Youth Voices (Seattle, WA)
    --Cascadia Arts & Healing (Willamette Vly, OR)
    --Lakeside Shelter (Cleveland, OH)
    --Project Star (San Diego, CA)
    --John's Schedule (July-Sept)
  • APRIL 2010: POETIC MEDICINE JOURNAL
  • --Stories of Arrival:Youth Voices (Seattle, WA)
    --Blythedale Children's Hosp (Valhalla, NY)
    --New Choices Recovery Ctr (Schenectady, NY)
    --Saint Francis Hospital/Med Ctr (Hartford, CT)
    --John's Schedule (April-Sept)
    --Resources (Books, Websites, Links)
  • JANUARY 2010: CANYON DE CHELLY RETREAT
  • --Join John & Friends for 10th retreat in Canyon de Chelly, AZ on beautiful Diné farm!
  • JANUARY 2010: POETIC MEDICINE SCHEDULE
  • --John's Current 2010 Presentation Schedule
  • SEPT-DEC 2009: POETIC MEDICINE SCHEDULE
  • --John's Fall/Early Wiinter Presentation Schedule
  • AUGUST 2009: POETIC MEDICINE RESOURCES
  • --Descriptions & Links to New Book Reviews
    --Recommended Books, Articles, Audio, Film
  • JUNE 2009: POETIC MEDICINE SCHEDULE
  • --Summer & Fall Events 2009
  • MARCH 2009: POETIC MEDICINE SCHEDULE
  • --Detailed Event Descriptions, Locations & Contact/Registration Information
  • FEBRUARY 2009 - A REPORT ON IPM'S FUTURE
  • --Letter from Jim Fadiman (Board of Directors)
    --Where Donations Go
    --How To Donate
    --Testimonials
    --List of Donor Names
  • DECEMBER 2008 News
  • --Letter from John --2008 IPM Highlights --What's Happening w/IPM Partners --New Forthcoming IPM Apprenticeship Project
  • JULY 2008 NEWSLETTER
  • --Letter from John --Calendar of Events & Program Descriptions
  • JUNE 2008: PBS HEALING WORDS FILM
  • --Exciting News! PBS releases documentary film "Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine"
  • MAY 2008 NEWSLETTER
  • --PBS "Healing Words" Documentary Film Release with Trailer
    --Stephen Levine's newest book of poetry & YouTube interview --Podcast interview with John & The Arts & Healing Network
    --YouTube interview with John at Ashland Community Hospital in Ashland, OR.
  • APRIL 2008 LETTER FROM JOHN

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Palo Alto, California 94306
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