Women Transforming through Poetic Practice


A Guided Practice

Do you keep a journal and wonder about writing in new ways?
Are you looking for a creative form?
Do you want to process important life experiences creatively?
Are you looking for community with other women writers?

Writing poetry is a practice that wakens and quickens your creative life and begins to reveal to you your metaphors for living and your inner voice. When we write poetry, we pay attention to the words that shape our experience.


It is said that poets are born in childhood, so don’t worry if you’ve never written poetry before. You have poetry in you. In these classes I am offering a guided practice designed around experiments in poetic forms and other structures of poetry. You will be practicing the tools and options of this art form. I will be listening for your voice, your metaphors, and your stories to emerge. These particular ways you express yourself are your poetics. I bring my experiences as a teacher, coach and writer to this transformational process. You can learn craft and the names of poetic devices many places. At Psyche's Horse the road is to learn about your poetic voice within interactive relationships with me and other poets.

if you are already a writer, poetry can sharpen your writing skill. More than any other practice, poetry focusses on language and how we use it.

Brigid Yuknavitch Ph.D. Literature in Poetry and Poetics, Brandeis University Author: Lives of the Puzzleworkers Trainer, Educator, Practitioner Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy M.A. Clinical Psychology, Antioch University Equine Gestalt Coaching Method Certification, 2017

Brigid Yuknavitch
Ph.D. Literature in Poetry and Poetics, Brandeis University

Author: Lives of the Puzzleworkers

Trainer, Educator, Practitioner Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

M.A. Clinical Psychology, Antioch University

Equine Gestalt Coaching Method Certification, 2017

The Co-active Coaching Model

When we are expressing ourselves in words we are already transforming our lives—half experiencing and half creating our experience. The mind is organized by the language we use and our life experience is shaped by our words to ourselves and others. Poets have always known this. The co-active coaching model is about you finding expression of your experience and vision. When you write from your own deep experience you will find your best art.

. . . .
But there are moments, walking, when I catch a glimpse of myself in the window glass,
say, the window of the corner video store, and I’m gripped by a cherishing so deep

for my own blowing hair, chapped face, and unbuttoned coat that I’m speechless:

I am living, I remember you.

Marie Howe -- From: What the Living Do


Poetry comes forth as we find the present moment and speak from it.


Online Classes and Workshops

As you move through the wholeness of the poem, you move toward your own wholeness.


Online Classes

Women don't always know that they are creative. Writing poetry can help you find your inner voice and your voice in the world through your inborn creativity. Many writing workshops offer prompts for what to write about. At Psyche's Horse you will experiment with forms to see what emerges as your voice and your vision. 

Poetry and Equine Gestalt Workshops

The horse is not only a metaphor for creativity. In onsite workshops and retreats out of Seattle and Portland, I partner with horses to support your writing process as you deepen your intuition and authenticity, and write the poetry of your life experience. Horses facilitate this process as healers, intuitives and poets themselves.  Write your poetry and experience poetry with horses.

The power of poetry lies outside expectations, roles and "shoulds." Poetry is a place for a voice to emerge.


The Transformational Power of Poetry

Here are some of my experiences . . .


"I love poetry but I don't understand it."
"I love the images . . ." "it's so musical . . ."
"It sounds like prayer . . ."
"I would never have thought of putting it that way."
"I wish I could write poetry . . ."

I am sitting with ten women around a seminar table. We have stopped saying we don't understand poetry and started listening to what women poets are saying, word by word and line by line. We lean into this experience together, curious about ourselves as women.

I am turning to writing poetry rather than journaling because I have discovered that the structures of poetry take me beyond where I may be frustrated or stuck. I am learning about myself by shaping my poem.

I am writing poetry, teaching poetics at a university and discovering with my students what is at stake for the world in poetry. Where else does an individual voice break through? Where else do we create new ways of experiencing our lives through language? Where else do we begin to find our individual voices and what we really want to say? The poems begin to show us what we are not letting ourselves say or know.

I am learning to be a psychodramatist. This feels like poetry in action. I experience my intuition which has lain dormant in Acadamia. Following my intuition is the feeling I have when I write poetry. Something beyond my awareness enters in. During the dramas participants speak in ways that are more poetry than ordinary language. Their voices are stronger. Their knowing runs deep.


I am dreaming of horses. I place blue horses in the sand tray. They are waiting around a deep blue lake.

I am working with very young children using sand play. They are making meaning with play. They are making the poetry of their inner worlds: "use the music," "I have jewels in my heart," "this is the flying anchor," "the sand is snow that won't stop falling," "this is the healing water."

I am learning about what happens when we allow horses to be horses rather than training them to meet our needs. I am learning about being present. I am listening in new ways. I am watching as the horses respond to the women’s true feelings. The horses are showing me my energy and what I am expressing. I begin exploring new words and actions. I am experiencing my life's poetry in relationship with the poetry of horses. They are responding in remarkable ways.


"we don't even know we're born"
- Jean Valentine, poet


If I'm lonely
it's with the rowboat ice-fast on the shore
in the last red light of the year
that knows what it is, that knows it's neither
ice nor mud nor winter light
but wood, with a gift for burning

Adrienne Rich - from: Song