Haiku in the Gardens: Seasonal Celebration
Happy Autumn! Come experience how abundance swells majestically from the gardens. From the colors of sunburst falling leaves that crunch underfoot to the purple or orange skin of tomato and pumpkin. We are reminded of how essential change is through these cyclic returns. What did the busy bees of Spring yield to the hurried human gathering edibles and self assurance with each picked fruit? Is it the plum or the apple that in its last and often best version of itself that beckons us to indulge our senses? There is poetry in the language of leaves rustling, breeze whistling and plants closing. Why not measure the marigolds when it’s time to harvest their gifts? Inspire your own renditions by David Watts’ encouraging:
bits of river
in the sky
Recognized by the Haiku Poets of Northern California, David Watts will be our guest speaker. A local poet and doctor, Watts teaches at the Fromm Institute & UCSF and has been awarded honorable mentions by several haiku societies. His book, Dream Tree, will be given away to a lucky person in attendance in celebration of this anniversary. As our special guest, Watts, will introduce modern haiku before we embark on a stroll through the gardens to listen, take notes and write.
Haiku writings of 17 syllables is our objective, but our intent is to share how time stood still and opened a receptivity to finding our own truth. For all ages, the simple yet focused act of writing haiku has benefits beyond the page, including an increased sense of meaning, and pleasure in life. It also cultivates a deep appreciation and respect for nature’s contribution to our well-being. Writing is rewarding but haiku writing is the toast of a soiree!
This free workshop, November 8, from 3-5pm has a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 30. In the spirit of a soiree, it’s offered to all ages and children under 14 may sign up with an adult. Please bring pen and paper or your preferred writing supplies.