Peace Poems, Thich Nhat Hanh Gathas WorkShop

The reading and writing of gathas can be a rich and rewarding part of our own spiritual practice of gradual awakening.


I’m very excited to announce the first ever gatha writing workshop at Calm Chicago on Saturday, July 19th @11:30am-1pm. $35

The Nobel Laureate and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is also famous for his lovely poems, each of which reflect his vision for inner and outer peace. Participants will learn how to do basic meditation and then write short poems which reflect our newly awakening mind. Each person is invited to bring a little small something to share as a light snack. You can buy or make something small to bring – no pressure! Potluck is a lovely tradition that helps us foster a sense of community through food.

Class activities will include:
* instruction on how to do mindfulness meditation
* reading and conversation of published Thich Nhat Hanh gathas and other peace poems
* writing and sharing of our own gathas and peace poems
* sharing yummy potluck snacks

I’ll provide the instruction in meditation, writing of poems and gathas and yummy non-alcoholic beverages all in a comfortable homey setting that feels like a beach house. You’ll learn how to do basic mindfulness meditation, write some lovely contemplative poetry and how the gathas and peace poems can reinforce your desire to awaken your heart and mind to the present moment.

Please enjoy this gatha written by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn. It so beautifully expresses the joy of being alive and having the chance to wake up to real love, freedom and peace:

Waking up this morning, I smile,
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with the eyes of

Register with the contact form below to sign up. I will respond with email to give you address for sending payment. I also use Venmo or Paypal and Square. Oh and please, bring friends with you!


Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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