Welcome to Irish Poetry Therapy Network - IPTN, a non-profit organisation that provides an environment where participants explore at first hand, through the use of poetry therapy and bibliotherapy, the healing power of poetry as a means of identifying and dealing with various life issues.

Find out more about us and how to join our network by checking out our site.

Friday, 3 June 2022

Poetry and the world of Shadow

Our next workshop is taking place on zoom on 11th June 2022 from 2pm to 4pm with Teresa Kelly 

'Let poetry help you explore the glorious world of your Shadow'


In this workshop Theresa will facilitate us in exploring our Shadow Self, that underbelly of the ego which tends to be loaded with feelings of disgust.  However, as psychoanalyst Carl Jung has said 'In the Shadow there is gold'  Poetry can help us to get in touch with those precious elements of ourselves which have been relegated to the shadow because of painful associations or familial/societal judgements.  Join us in this afternoon of mining for gold.


Places are limited so early booking is advised. 

Email irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com

€15 for IPTN members

€20 for non members.


Looking forward to seeing you there.


Thursday, 12 May 2022

Poetry Club 'Repeat the Repeat'

To all IPTN Members,
Your next Poetry Club session is on Saturday 21st May from 2pm - 3pm with Carol Boland
The session is  'Repeat the Repeat' and will look at the power of repeating lines in a poem.
Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

New Poetry Club Session Dates

We are excited to confirm upcoming dates of our new Poetry Club for all those who are members of IPTN:

2nd session - 21st May 2022 with Carol Boland
3rd session - 23rd July 2022 with Bernie Walsh
4th session - 10th September 2022 with Elizabeth Fitzsimons

The sessions will be held on zoom. 
Please confirm you wish to attend two weeks before the session and we will send you your zoom invite.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday, 28 October 2021

Group Poem: How We Rise '21


Group Poem 

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Dance light-footed across the bog of softness

Still I rise, no blind eye turned to hold the mirror, my soul rises

Tough times do not last, but tough teams do

I imagine light arrowing through rain and sparkling like shiny confetti

Bridges will come if you follow the path, cross them or burn them, you,

Phoenix, can fly

Small, nourishing moments of quiet devotion

By dawn, the sun has whispered to each of the baby blooms in her care

I rise in praise of trees and water

Stick it Ginger! Go find your sacred space . . .

Go experience the grass on the other side

I dream of wide open spaces

Where I can dance naked in the sunlight

Dawn was breaking over the estuary

And those days, when life calls on you to weep - do.

I rise with the slow-dropping snow

The sheer reach of this mountain range uplifts me

The secret of the earth is its patience

You can't unring the bell

I drink to the smell of baby’s skin that was rare before Covid.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Poetry Therapy Ezine - Source of Poems in 'Poetry as Healer and Pandemic Collection'

Poetry Therapy Ezine Source of Poems in the “Poetry as Healer and Pandemic Collection (In order of appearance): I. Writing Into the Storm” – Expressing Our Stories and What We Feel: “From the Threshold” by Jane Butkin Roth [In Roth (Ed.), We Used To Be Wives: Divorce Unveiled Through Poetry. Fithian Press, 2002] “Fear” by J. Ruth Gendler [In Gendler’s The Book of Qualities. Turquoise Mountain Publications, 1984] “Dolor” by Theodore Roethke [In H. Vendler (Ed.), The Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. Tauris, 2003] “All Alone Inside My Very Own Skin” By Judith Viorst [In Viorst’s What Are You Glad About? What Are You Sad About? Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2016] “Writing into the Storm” by Lucy Adkins [In Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West. Mariner Books/ Houghton Mifflin, 2004] “Waiting” by Jacob Trapp [In Studia Mystica Vol XII, No. 2&3 (Summer-Fall, 1989)] “Snowbound” by Natasha Lynne Vodges [In Social Work 25, 1, 1980] “History Will Remember” by Donna Ashworth. [https://ladiespassiton.com/2020/03/18/history-will-remember-when-the-world-stopped/] II. Strategies for Coping and Self-Soothing: “A Blessing of Presence” by John O’Donohue [In O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. Doubleday, 2008] “Breath of Life” by Donna Faulds [http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/resources_poetry.php] “Lockdown” by Richard Hendrick [https://faithconnector.s3.amazonaws.com/unitedpresbyterian/files/lockdown_by_brother_richard_hendrick.pdf] “Pandemic” by Ruth Ungar [https://images.shulcloud.com/686/uploads/PandemicPoem.PDF] “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth [https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45521/i-wandered-lonely-as-a-cloud] “The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry [In Berry’s Openings. Harcourt Brace, 1968] “Leisure by W. H. Davies [In Davies’ Songs Of Joy and Others. A. C. Fifield, 1911] “Speech to the Young” by Gwendolyn Brooks [In Brooks’ Blacks. Third World Press, 1991] “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield [In Hirshfield’s Each Happiness Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems. Bloodaxe Books, 2005] “Let This Poem Be” by Deborah Cooper [https://itstartswithhope.tumblr.com/] “Beannacht” by John O’Donohue [In O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. Doubleday, 2008] III. Cultivating Gratefulness—Celebrating the Ordinary: “The Patience of Ordinary Things” by Pat Schneider [In Schneider’s Another River: New and Selected Poems. Amherst Writers and Artists Press, 2005] “Praying” by Mary Oliver [In Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver. Beacon Press, 2007] “A Hundred Objects Close By” by Mira Mirabai [http://mollystrongheart.blogspot.com/2013/08/mira-hundred-objects-close-by.html ] “Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon [In Kenyon’s Let Evening Come: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2005] “Lost and Found” by Imelda Maguire [In Maguire’s Shout If You Want Me to Sing. Summer Palace Press, 2004] IV. Finding Hope and Developing Courage-Awareness: “May 1915” by Charlotte Mews [https://allpoetry.com/May-1915] “Courage” by Anne Sexton [In Sexton’s The Awful Rowing Towards God. Houghton Mifflin, 1975] “Variation on a Theme by Rilke The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem, Stanza 1” by Denise Levertov [In Levertov’s Breathing the Water. New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1987] “The Unbroken” by Rashini Rea [Silver Linings: The Power of Trauma to Transform Your Life by Melissa West. Fair Winds Press, 2003] “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye [In Nye’s Words Under the Words: Selected Poems, 1995] “Somewhere in the World” by Linda Pastan [In Pastan’s Traveling Light. W.W. Norton & Company, 2011] “Sometimes” by Sheenagh Pugh [In Pugh’s Selected Poems, 1990] “The Thing Is” by Ellen Bass [In K. vanMeenen & C. Rossiter (Eds.), Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace. National Association for Poetry Therapy, 2002] “Oh Hope” (excerpt) by Charlotte Smith [Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems, 1795] “A Small Grain of Hope” by Denise Levertov [Making Peace. New Direction Publishing, 2006] “Hopi Prayer” [In C. Rossiter & K. vanMeenen (Eds.), Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace. National Association for Poetry Therapy, 2002]