“If you just communicate, you get by. But if you communicate skillfully you can work miracles.”
– John Rohn
Inspired by Poetry: Live and Write Well
This is a six week online poetry appreciation, life direction, wellness and writing course designed and facilitated by Juliette Gyure, a life and leadership coach accredited by the International Coach Federation, and a storyteller and poet.
This experiential course will engage you in thinking about the craft of writing poetry and connect you to poetry as a universal language for integrating head, heart, body and spirit. Even people who do not see themselves as poets will find themselves writing poetry within a supportive environment. Some may not write poetry – they may prefer other expressions of their creativity which could include any of the visual or dramatic arts, and other forms of writing. The point is not necessarily about becoming a poet but about your unique expression of your creativity.
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I would give myself the gift of this course and this journey with Juliette over and over.
What has Juliette given me in a time I can now only describe as a turning point in my life. For many Corona and lockdown has had very different meanings, and I am certain it has been a mind field of emotions for most, but I have been privileged in this time of contemplation to be Inspired by poetry and its creator, Juliette.
Poetry provides a door into oneself that is very often closed, poetry helps you open that door and look inside, poetry helps you find the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had asked out loud until they appear on paper. Poetry speaks when you cannot. Poetry heals. Poetry sings. Poetry stirs and it lifts you off your feet until you can fly. Poetry is all and everything and you are nothing as it emerges, until you are everything. Poetry says what you cannot voice. Poetry begs not for mercy or grace poetry wakes the world and everything in it. Poetry leads you through trauma, loss, grief, joy, a myriad of emotions and it will speak to you as only it can.
What Juliette provides is the words, beautifully presented with imagery that take you away from your present, that speak as much as the words; and she gently asks questions to help you journey with those words and with self. I would give myself this gift of this course and this journey through poetry with Juliette over and over. It is a gift that keeps on giving because you will leave changed, and you will have made new friends, those like you but not you, and you will love people who are strangers but not.
Juliette is an outstanding poet and teacher: charming, gently persuasive and always encouraging.
It was with some trepidation that I joined this poetry course because I didn’t think a physician could write poetry. Well, I was proved wrong! Juliette is an outstanding poet and poetry teacher, having been
exposed to poetry at the tender age of five! She possesses all the qualities of an excellent teacher. She is charming, pleasant, gently persuasive and always encouraging to all her students. She certainly taught me to enjoy reading as well as writing poetry. She achieved the impossible by converting a physician into an aspiring “poet”.
The greatest compliment I can pay her is that if Juliette taught me poetry in High school, I may have changed my career! I wish Juliette the best of luck in passing on her gift to many more people.
Dr Premilla Devi Naidoo MB ChB (Natal),
Juliette took me on a path to express in words that which is beyond words.
Juliette, your Inspired by Poetry course has led me down several deep paths.
The Path of Words – savouring their sounds, meaning and expression.
The Path of Breath – inhaling and exhaling, inspiration and timing.
The Path of Observation – the minutiae and the big picture, people and nature.
The Path of Emotions – delight, sorrow, struggle, anger, love and much more.
The Path of Gratitude – thankfulness and awareness of all I take for granted.
The Path of Community – group sharing, encouragement, learning and support.
The Path of Vulnerability – courage, openness and the liberty of yielding.
The Path of Silence – the joy of meditation and contemplation.
The Path of Faith – Spirituality, lament, humanity and forgiveness.
The Path of Creativity – weaving all these paths together to attempt the
impossible by expressing in words that which is beyond words.
Peter Gunning, a “beloved child of God and blessed pilgrim of hope”
No one wanted it to end: it was that delightful!
Juliette asked me to look over her poetry course she had created and I was
bowled over! The visuals and the choice of poems were eye and ear-catching. She
has grouped the poems into themes. It is a refreshing way to view poets’ similar themes yet different approaches.
Juliette’s skilled facilitation during the course helped the participants to feel safe in their sharing. Her personality is very, very honouring of everyone on the course. No one wanted it to end: it was delightful!
Bernice Stott, visual artist, creative thinker, and co-creator of Write to Right, a specialised interactive writing course.
This course has brought me a renewed sense of hope, enthusiasm and a deep healing within.
I have found the 6-week journeying through poetry process to be both life-
affirming and gently healing. The feelings of soul-safety, support and connection with others on a deeper level such as experienced on your platform, has opened up a space within and stretched my awareness into, a potential of expression that I have certainly gained much confidence in trusting. It has brought about a deeper understanding and faith in myself and my life path.
Juliette, your course content, feedback and knowledge is comprehensive. With
sublime soul-filling imagery and material, you embody a sincere compassion and bring to others a grounding influence. Thank you so much for your kindness and care.
In the context of the global situation we are currently facing, this time has re- encouraged me to trust in my own compass and listen and heed my internal voice amidst the change and uncertainty. I feel a renewed sense of hope and enthusiasm and a binding and healing within. I am deeply grateful for this time and how it has impacted my life. It has been a beautiful time of discovery.
Kerry Jordan, horticulturalist/farmer/landscape designer/ceramic artist/mother of 3 boys
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to live the best life they can.
A few years ago, while working as a Family Physician, I read an article about a doctor prescribing poetry for her patients. Mad, I thought. And then I remembered a time long ago, at school, when I read poetry and wrote poetry for others. Poems gave me calmness, connectivity and I felt better. So, I tried poetry for my patients who were anxious, isolated, unable to find meaning any longer. I set up groups where together we read poetry, wrote poetry and guess what – it often worked. We felt so much more heard, more understood, more alive, more at one with ourselves and with others. I felt I could offer something of worth. So, I know the health and life benefits of poetry – Or, I thought I did.
Through Juliette’s course, I discovered that I had only managed to scratch the surface. Her course began in the dark, fogged days of COVID-19 when I thought it would be impossible to focus, to find meaning, to find beauty. Juliette read poems aloud and I settled. I calmed down at the sound of her voice. I read the poems she selected and I was not so alone. The group showed only kindness, support and generosity in sharing. The fog slowly cleared as I listened to others’ poems and wrote my own.
I was profoundly moved by Juliette’s course. I thank her for this gift. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to live the best life they can.
Laura Campbell- Born in Ireland, trained as Physician, wife, mother, lover of life, finder of beauty, chooser of love…
Juliette is not just a master at poetry; she is the most beautiful, warm, encouraging guide
Embarking on Juliette’s “Inspired by Poetry,” became so much more than I
could have ever imagined. I thought I would learn the art of writing good poetry and I did, but so, so much more. I went on a journey. The most incredible magic carpet ride to the depths and heights of my soul in all its unearthed bold, vivid, vibrant colour as well as the sadder, sombre, darker hues.
Juliette is not just a master at poetry, she is the most beautiful, warm, encouraging guide who makes this safe, nurturing space that connects and embraces everyone in the group so that you can unleash all your experiences and emotions, no matter how deep and dark or triumphant and joyful.
By the end of the course you feel braver, more connected with yourself, nature and
humanity and you feel you can write and write and write with complete confidence and jubilation! Juliette’s journey (it’s not just a course) is one of those rare life experiences that everyone (and not just would-be poets) should treat themselves to.