Appreciating Haiku as Active Imagination: Winter session workshop

You are invited to enter into the haiku tradition of writing poetry in the spirit of contemplative practice and small group sharing.  We will appreciate the haiku form through our own efforts as well as the works of ancient and modern poets across the globe.  Understanding the poetic impulse as a form of active imagination, we will explore applicable Jungian concepts and our personal experience of appreciating, writing and sharing haiku. 

In the winter session we will explore seasonal themes of nature, the elements, solitude, reflection, humor, transiency, and the Japanese tradition of the death poem:

Frost on grass:

a fleeting form

that is, and is not!


Deborah will introduce haiku principles, graduated writing exercises and facilitate sharing in a safe online environment. Participants will always have the choice whether to share or receive feedback.  The class will emphasis the central concepts of the haiku form including writing from direct experience in the here and now, focusing on nature and keeping it simple and unpretentious.  A syllabus with recommended readings will be provided.

The group size will be limited to 6 – 12 individuals. Limited sliding scale scholarships will be available.

The winter session will run 6 sessions, each online session will be 2 hours.  

We will meet on Tuesday afternoons, 2:30 – 4:30 MST.  The dates include:

Jan 5 & 19 

Feb 2 & Feb 16 

Mar 2 & Mar 16

Haiku workshop enrollment by Dec 18: $85

Enrollment after Dec 18: $105

Contact Deborah for questions or to enroll at:

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt Therapist and has been in private practice for 32 years.  She is a retired Naropa University professor where she founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Wilderness Therapy programs and initiated the development of the Naropa Community Counseling center.  She served on the board of trustees of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado for nine years and was a founding member of the Boulder Friends of Jung. She is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love. Deborah enjoys hiking, birdwatching and haiku.

Deborah in temple garden in Vietnam.
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About Deborah Bowman

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, photographer, author and meditation instructor. She retired as professor after 28 years at Naropa University where she founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Program and the Wilderness Therapy program. She is a certified Gestalt Therapist has served for 32 years as a psychotherapist in Boulder, CO. Buddhist practice and passion for Guanyin guided her travels in though out Asia. She is the author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love.

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