Workshop Overview

Exploring Haiku and Haibun: A Mindfulness and Writing Workshop

The Haibun is a short form of writing that combines poetic verse, typically Haiku, with one or two paragraphs of prose. It’s traditionally been used to describe trips, journeys, and natural landscapes, real or imagined, but can be applied to character sketches, memories or fictional events. In this mindfulness-based workshop we’ll experiment with writing Haibuns using a meditative, process-oriented approach. Relaxing into the present moment, trusting the images and words that arise when we give our imagination free reign.

No experience necessary

Saturday, April 11th
Noon to 3pm

– Bring a water bottle and a snack.
– Please bring a notebook or loose-leaf paper and a handful of pens for writing.
– Wear comfortable clothing.

Mancos Public Library

$45 Registration fee

Minimum 4 students; Maximum 20 students

At the heart of Exploring Haiku and Haibun lies the symbolic, descriptive, and emotional impact of combining poetic verse with longer passages of prose writing. In this three-hour workshop we’ll explore meditative exercises that cultivate mindful, present-moment, nonjudgmental awareness, as a way to ease in to a heightened connection to our natural creativity. From this state of self-presence and connection we write with utmost sensitivity and vitality, open to creative flow while simultaneously giving ourselves the formal structure of the Haibun to help guide, direct, and shape that flow. The course begins with an introduction to the Haibun and Haiku forms and a few examples written by the seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, followed by a few minutes of gentle warm-up movements and a short breath meditation. This helps calm the body/mind and come into the present moment so we can fully focus on the creative act. From this meditative state we delve into a series of guided writing exercises across a range of subject matter, playing with and learning the Haibun and Haiku forms. We end with the opportunity to share some of our words with our fellow participants. You’ll leave the class with more confidence in your writing and a potential new verse/prose form to develop further.

This workshop would be a great follow-up to the March 11 Mindfulness and Writing workshop titled Writing From the Heart, but no prior experience is necessary.

Jan Estep / Instructor

About the Artist:

In addition to being an artist and educator Jan Estep has a long career in writing and editing. As a former art critic, her arts writing—feature essays, art and book reviews, interviews, and topical articles—has appeared in Frieze, Bomb, Modern Painters, Triple Canopy, and New Art Examiner, among other contemporary art journals and publications. Her printed illustrated maps and artist books are available at Printed Matter in NYC and in the collection of MOMA.

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Workshop Details
Course ID : Exploring Haiku and Haibun
Date : April 11
Place : Mancos Public Library
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Jan Estep
Jan Estep
Artist & Writer