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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Windows to More Than Ourselves Group Poems - 12 and 13 June '21


Framing the Present


Plundering riches and pillaging poems

blind me like a dazzling and radiant emblazoned sunrise

allowing the potential to unfold to become more full, more than.

We are all held, the living and the dead

what has survived? 

Intricate filigree of dill

stirring them to dance, rise and fall, slip and fall away

a blush of blue on the horizon

I can see the one sky with colours that dip over the horizon

and new lands can be found, different worlds, and other people

with other ways of living.

Do we love without a return ticket?

This Accepting Window


I walk this path everyday

fitting perfectly in

sometimes I trip and fall

walking alone in the woods

it is a humble kind of love

in these long days and short days

it is a kind of love.


Friday, 28 May 2021

Windows to More than Ourselves: Poetry and the Imagaination



Windows to More than Ourselves: Poetry and the Imagination 

Saturday 12th June 2pm – 4.00pm (Irish time, GMT+1) on Zoom

In the words of the writer CS Lewis, “We seek an enlargement of our being. We want to be more than ourselves … We want to see with other eyes, to imagine with other imaginations, to feel with other hearts, as well with our own ... We demand windows.”
Windows, both literal and virtual, have played an important role in COVID times, relating to separation, connection and possibility. In this workshop, we will explore the meanings of the word windows through images, quotes and poetry, and take part in some writing activities. We will also reflect on poetry as a portal to the imagination and self-expression.

Held on Zoom and facilitated by Shelley Tracey PTP

€15 or €10 for IPTN Members

Register at: irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com

Monday, 12 April 2021

Group Poems: Living the Symbolic Life Sessions


Living the Symbolic Life with Poetry and Jungian Psychology

Group Poems

Workshop 10th April 2021

When you are blinded by the sun peeping through the budded branches

Aching but trusting

Because I am not alone and that’s the point

Go softly in the world with padded feet

We’ll stand together and in this moment nothing else will matter

My third leg

Powerful yet vulnerable you saunter through the jungle

A timeless house that bind people together and forms valuable connections

I see a shimmering image bringing wisdom and love

So bright, so fresh, so cocky.


Workshop 11th April 2021

An elephant never forgets
Allow me to be me; allow yourself to be you
and we are one soul
I write with hands that once held you in their infancy
I'm w
earing my father's ring, his father wore it too
Meditating on its pitted stone, the crust of its mane
It sits in the quiet of the tree
She is light of foot, protecting her young
Remember the spiritual curl of the tail
Stand your ground
Cupped my hands around you

Keeping in touch with your instincts.



Saturday, 3 April 2021

Living a Symbolic Life - another day added

 Due to overwhelming response to Living a Symbolic Life, Theresa is holding an addition zoom session on Sunday 11 April from 2 - 3.30pm

€15 or €10 for IPTN Members

Please email us at irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com to book your place on this interesting look at life through Jungian eyes.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Living the Symbolic Life with Poetry and Jungian Psychology


IPTN - 2nd session of Wellness Through the Seasons for 2021   

10th April 2pm - 3.30pm

‘Living The Symbolic Life With Poetry and Jungian Psychology’.

 "What we call a symbol is a term, a name, or even a picture that may be familiar in daily life, yet that possesses specific connotations in addition to its conventional and obvious meaning. It implies something vague, unknown, or hidden from us. As the mind explores the symbol, it is led to ideas that lie beyond the grasp of reason". C.G.Jung

Would you like to explore what are the important symbols in your life and how you can bring them to light through poetry?  In this afternoon of musings we will work with some of the published poetry of George Swede, Galway Kinnell and Dennis O’Driscoll.  Reading and writing  poetry, and sharing our thoughts alongside a backdrop of Jungian psychology

Held on Zoom and facilitated by Theresa Kelly

€15 or €10 for IPTN Members

 Register at : irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com

Saturday, 6 March 2021



SATURDAY 20TH MARCH '21 at 2.00-3.30 PM

The meeting will take place on Zoom. 


1.    Chair’s Report

2.    Treasurer’s Report

3.    Election of 2021 committee

4.    AOB

-        Conference and events planning 2021-2022

-        IPTN ezine

-        PT workshops

-        The role of PT during COVID and beyond


All are welcome to attend.

Please email irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com by Saturday 13th March to confirm your attendance, and you will be sent a Zoom link for the meeting.

Nominations for members of the IPTN committee should be sent to irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com by Friday 12th March (open to IPTN members only)

Look forward to seeing you there.

Shelley Tracey