The Wise Art of Theopoetics and Midrash


The Wise Art of Theopoetics and Midrash

 Four sessions of 75 mins held weekly beginning Monday 31 Aug at 9.30

Tikkun Olam refers to the Jewish imperative to engage in acts which heal the world’s wounds. Both theopoetics and engaging in Midrash contribute towards such healing. Theopoetics is a way to do religious reflection that gives particular attention to poetic, narrative and artistic responses to a sacred text, as well as validating experience and bodily responses. So it sits as a comfortable sister alongside the tradition of midrash, where we enter into the scenes and lives of biblical texts, in order to portray the silences and voice that which is silenced. You do not need to be a poet, writer or artist. Just come with your imagination and the desire to foster healing. This course offers fresh ways to draw alongside others if we are in any of the caring professions.

Mode of offering: zoom; with a maximum number of participants of 12.

Practical: Each session will have participation and dream work in small private breakout groups online.

Sessions: 4 weekly sessions of 75 mins.

Dates: Mondays: 31 Aug 9.30am (AEST); 7 September 9.30am, 14 September 9.30am. 21 September 9.30am.

Facilitators: Wise Arts for the Soul team: Sally Longley with Kathy Cave, and Dieter Weinand.

Cost: $AU89 (for the four sessions)

More about the offering:

Each session will introduce a form of expression and together we will reflect on a sacred text/poem/scripture using that approach. there will then be time to share our responses and to respond following some trustworthy space guidelines. thses will be sent to you when you book. it is important that these spaces of sharing are spaces of gentleness and trust.  

More about the Wise Arts for the Soul team

Kathy Cave moved to a career in the art of listening after working in investment markets for 30 years.

After training in spiritual direction, supervision and art therapy, she now offers retreats, and accompanying

people in their journeys as they discover their cherished uniqueness. 


Dr Sally Longley is a spiritual director, retreat leader and author, with experience in dreamwork, theopoetics,

and the role of midrash as creative responses to sacred texts, and the sacred stories of our life.

Her next book, Conversations with Silence, is due to be published by Wipf and Stock, early 2021.


Dieter Weinand is an Executive Coach and business performance facilitator with over 30 years’ experience,

specialising in leadership and organisational development in both South Africa and Australia. 

A trained Spiritual Director and retreat leader, he is currently participating in

the Living School, Centre for Action and Contemplation.


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The Wise art of Virtual Spiritual Companionship
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Series 2: Three sessions of 60 minutes held weekly; beginning Tuesday 26  May, 6.30pm (AEST)


The Wise Art of Art

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The Wise Art of Dreamwork

Four sessions of 75 mins weekly from 6 Aug at 9:30 am (AEST).