January 1, 2013

A Haiku Walk at Great Meadows

Sunday, February 17, 2 - 4:30 pm 
Rescheduled from 2/9

Haiku are small but powerful three line poems that originated in Japan over 400 years ago. Today, the haiku is the most popular poetic form in the world! It speaks to our immediate experience, to presence with our surroundings, and to our relationship with nature.  Haiku captures our moments of wonder in simple and direct words, leaving space for meaning to arise.

Join naturalist Cherrie Corey and Haiku poet Brad Bennett for a seasonal haiku experience at Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Concord. Following a short introduction to the landscape, and the technique of haiku, we will walk in the refuge, deepening our attention, and welcoming its beauty to inspire our writing. We will then travel a short distance to Thoreau Farm, the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, to share our poems and warm refreshment with each other. No prior haiku experience necessary.

Cherrie Corey – Concord naturalist, photographer, and seeker -- guides her students to form a deeper and more attentive connection to place and their personal unfolding in the wild landscapes around them, an essential discipline in the practice of creating Haiku.  Cherrie offers ongoing interpretive programs at the refuge and has served as the New England Wildflower Society's first education director, Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Cultural and Natural History, and as Board member for the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society

Brad Bennett has been writing haiku for thirty years and is a member of the Haiku Society of America and two local haiku writing circles. Brad’s haiku poetry has appeared in The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, bottle rockets, Acorn, and is forthcoming in Modern Haiku.  A third grade teacher at Concord’s Thoreau School for the past seventeen years, Brad has long taught poetry to young students and is currently offering a haiku class to 4th-5th graders at Concord’s Emerson Umbrella for the Arts.

Co-sponsored with Thoreau Farm

Class limited to 12, ages 17+

Fee:  $35, please register by January 31st   
To register, make your check payable to Cherrie Corey and mail to her, along with your address and cell/home phone numbers, at 277 Old Bedford Road, Concord, MA  01742.  Please let Cherrie know, by email (cherrie.corey@verizon.net) or phone (978-760-1933), that your registration is coming.

Location:  Great Meadows NWR and Thoreau Farm, both in Concord, MA

Directions and additional information resources will be sent upon registration.

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