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.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

IPTN Peer Group Session

Carol Boland (PTP) facilitated a Self-Discovery through Poetry group session on Sunday 26 July at her home in Hollyfort, Gorey. The theme was 'Self Love' and the poem used for discussion was  'Love After Love' by Derek Walcott. We began with each person looking into a hand-held mirror and naming one feature of their face that they liked about themselves. This feature was then used as the title of each person's cinquain poem. Following a lively discussion surrounding  personal reactions to 'Love After Love', the writing prompt 'The time will come' was used to elicit further feelings brought to the fore by the group discussion. Feedback from the attendees was very positive. Here is the group poem written at the end of the session, with lines contributed by each of the twelve woman:

For Molly

We need empathy not sympathy
only the brave
feast on life
take down the love letters from the bookshelf
do as you choose not as you should
give back your heart to yourself
faultless to a fault
sitting in a circle laughing, feeling free
uplifting senses will fulfill the heart.
I feel blessed and grateful
the rain has turned into sunshine,
from under the last rainbow shower
will form diamonds of every hue.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Ger and Michael Murphy at IPTN
Conference 2014
We are delighted to announce that Ger Campbell, chair of IPTN, is now officially a Poetry Therapy Practitioner (PTP) having qualified with iaPOETRY under Niall Hickey, PoetryReach.
Many congrats from all at IPTN.

There will be celebrations!

Friday, 17 July 2015

IPTN Peer Group Session - Sun 26 July

Our next poetry therapy - self-discovery through poetry - workshop is on Sunday 26th July '15 in the garden at Gove Mill, Hollyfort, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Carol Boland PTP will facilitate the session which runs from 2 - 5pm. Fee €10 (€5 for members) to be paid in advance.
For further details email irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com
All those interested in poetry therapy are welcome.