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Welcome to Dharma Workshops

Creative Paths to Awakening

Take a leap into the arts to discover your inner wisdom. We offer Dharma workshops to connect with others and uncover the joy and beauty in life through creative expression.

Sunday, March 14

1:00 - 3:00 pm

"Spring Breeze" Haiku Workshop


Guest Teacher

Deborah P Kolodji

About our Haiku Workshop

“Learn about the pines from the pine. Learn about the bamboo from the bamboo.

Don’t follow the footsteps of the old poets, seek what they sought.” – Basho

Join us for this special opportunity to come together as a community to explore the art of haiku. In this workshop, we will be listening to haiku, writing haiku and contemplating haiku as pathways to awakening to Dharma moments in our everyday experience. We will learn to take refuge in haiku themes of interconnectedness, impermanence, acceptance, and more.  We will get a sense of how “wordless poems” can bring about healing and transformation in our lives and how to translate them into haiku. Whether you are interested in writing haiku as a creative expression or just cultivating a “haiku mind” to become more mindful, you are welcome to attend!

Optional follow-up activities:

March 21, 11:00 am: A self-guided Haiku Walk at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center after our outdoor meditation meeting. A handout with tips for gathering haiku “seed” ideas will be posted soon.

March 28, 1:00 - 2:30 pm: A Haiku Review with Deborah P Kolodji to discuss submissions from workshop attendees. A haiku submission form will be posted soon.

About our Guest Teacher

Deborah P Kolodji is the California Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. She has been writing haiku for more than 25 years and has published more than 1,000 haiku. Her devotion to teaching haiku has led her to attend and participate on panels at haiku conventions worldwide. Her book of haiku and senryu, “highway of sleeping towns,” won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation.

Haiku Walk Guidelines

Coming Soon!

Our self-guided Haiku Walk will be at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center on March 21, 11:00 am. If you can not attend, you can visit the Center when it is convenient for you, and use the Haiku Walk guidelines that will be posted here soon.

Haiku Submission Form

Coming Soon!

Our guest teacher, Deborah P Kolodji,

will be with us for our Haiku Review on

March 28, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Registration is not required to attend. We will review the haiku written from our Workshop and our Haiku Walk. A submission form will be posted soon.


Coming Soon!

There are books, articles, websites and other haiku resources that that are informative and inspiring. Our Resource Guide will be posted soon.

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