Living Poems, Writing Lives

Do you love poetry? Or, maybe fear it? Learn to use writing more effectively– whether poetry or prose – as a transformative healing practice for yourself and with your clients.

In Living Poems, Writing Lives we will explore ourselves and poetry, with an emphasis on writing poetry as a healing narrative. No poetry writing experience is necessary. View the week-by-week class outline. 

What I have noticed in my experience through this class is that I am going deeper, for me much deeper, in understanding the roots of many of my points of suffering – whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual….What I find amazing is what comes up in the time we are given to free write after hearing a poem.”

~Jim MacNaughton

Join Reggie Marra, MA, PCC, poet, educator and Integral Master Coach™ in this eight-week exploration of poetry, healing and self. Here he speaks about how Living Poems, Writing Lives can complement your work as a coach, health professional, educator, and human-being-at-large. 

In each session we will introduce/review a selected literary tool, briefly explore a poem or two as examples, write in response to prompts, share drafts on a voluntary basis, and time permitting, provide brief, focused feedback for each other’s writing.  Between sessions, professionals will post their writing, respond to reflection questions, and provide feedback to each other in a private online forum.

Our focus is on the impact the writing has on both the writer and the reader, and NOT on correcting anything or telling anyone what he or she should do.  Learn to have a deeper awareness, build trust and listen/read through poetry.

Prerequisites: Courage, vulnerability and sense of humor.

  • Course Dates and Registration
  • Cost: $495
  • Class size: Limited to 12 participants
  • CCEU’s: The ICF has approved this program for 8.5 Core Competency and 11.62 Resource Development.
  • Connectivity: Live class sessions utilize Zoom video technology. The program is free and all sessions will be recorded and archived for participants throughout the program.



Reggie Marra, MA, PCC is an award-winning poet, and the author of three volumes of poetry and four books of nonfiction. His third volume of poetry, And Now Still, was released in January 2016. He has conducted hundreds of poetry-writing sessions for students from 1st-grade through post-graduate professionals, including presentations for the National Association for Poetry Therapy, The Transformative Language Arts Network, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and in schools throughout the northeastern U.S. Reggie holds a PCC credential with the International Coach Federation, is a Phone Coach with Integral Coaching Canada and is the Creative Director here at Teleosis Institute.