Poetry and Peace: weekly readings and meditations.

Mountain Meditation

Hallis Lake Lodge, Quesnel. March Meditation: Weds 8th, 15th, 22nd at 6.30pm-7.30pm

Put down your busy for some mid-week peace.
Gather yourself as we gather together.
Listen within as we listen to beyond ourselves.
Rest your mind.
Relax your body.
And exchange those anxious anticipations
for calming intentions.

Emma will lead the hour with a combination of poetry, guided meditation and calming music. This popular winter offering by the fireside on a cold snowy evening, will help you to cultivate curiosity for your inner world as you listen to a selection of poetry, witness how your body can relax and calm, open to a peaceful mindset and heal what needs attention.

You may be seated on one of the new padded Lodge chairs, or bring your own yoga mat to lie on, cushion, blanket, props. Please bring whatever will help you to sit or lie comfortably for an hour.

Payment in advance: $55 for all three sessions or individual evenings: $20. By e-transfer (preferred) at or cash/cheque. Drop-ins each evening will be available (bring a friend!), please let me know in advance if possible via the same email address. Last-minute drop-in fee: $25.

Previous participants have said this is their “sanity hour”, hugely helpful to their health and wellbeing and simply a gift to themselves to regularly attend. I hope you can join us!

Poet-in-Situ at Edgewood Farm, Quesnel, BC

Next Sit indoors by the fire!

Come and get a poem for someone you love, want to celebrate, who needs an uplift, or even for yourself. What about a place you remember and cherish. An event or a piece of music you love listening to. The opportunities are endless.

Sit with me for 5-10mins while I gather your words. Then wander Edgewood while I handwrite a short poem for you. Or let me mail it to you within the week, all typewritten!

“I particularly love your clarity, straightforwardness, gentleness and generosity of spirit – it all feels so natural and true at same time as being extremely well crafted and beautifully balanced.”

Lynne C

By donation: cash or e-transfer.


Commission A Poem via Zoom

We don’t have to be in the same room to connect. We can spend 10-15mins together in my Zoom-Room while I gather your words and thoughts about the subject of your poem. Then I will type the poem on my turquoise portable typewriter and mail it to you – typed envelope and all. Just like those good ol’ days.

Again, this will be by donation, factoring in the postage for wherever you are in the world.

There will soon be a link to take you to Check Out for this service, but while I master the technology for that, please email me:

March 2023:

Let’s Write!

An hour together in my Zoom-room to settle in, stay at your desk and write.

Many of us love to write and wish we did more often. So why does making time to step out of the daily tasks and into a creative space elude us? Sometimes we need someone or something (like a deadline) to provide that time for us. Which is why I am creating a weekly space to encourage more of us to stop for an hour and get the ballpoint pen rolling.

This can be time to play with that writing project that is sitting in notebooks full of great intentions – and even greater ideas. Time to journal, free-flow, with no structure. Time to edit those poems that are sitting unfinished. Time to tell a story, short and sweet. Time to add to the memoir you hope to leave for your family one day.

We will gather for an hour on Zoom. As you settle into where you are and how you feel, I will lead you in a short creative visualisation, share a poem, and play music while we spend 20-30 minutes writing in whatever way appeals to you. You can be off-camera, you can mute the music, play your own, ignore us all or keep us in mind as your write. I simply offer you this time, in community and with the opportunity to share afterwards, or to hear from others who wish to. And if you’re on a roll, you can leave before the end to continue writing once you’ve broken the hardest part – actually starting!

There is ample science to prove that sitting in a calm and creative space, amongst others doing the same, has positive effects on our nervous system, our endocrine system and our emotional well-being – all of which impacts our ability to create. This is truly a gift to ourselves, an investment in our health and well-being. It also might help to get more creativity shared into our world. And goddess knows, we need that!

“We shine most brightly in community, the whole bedraggled, worn, frayed and tattered lot of us…”

Richard Wagamese, Ojibway Writer and storyteller
We will gather as best we can.

We will spend 20 minutes in private creativity, time for you to explore and express. Then the opportunity will be offered to share reflections or the creation itself and usually discussion will ensue.

Currently, you may register for the month ahead, always on Thursdays at 9.30amPT/1.30pmET/5.30pmUK.

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