Writing Haiku as Sacred Art

Friday, June 9 – Saturday, June 10
Facilitator(s): Vicky Curtiss


Website Writing Haiku As Sacred Art


Being alive and aware in the moment is a powerful spiritual practice.

Writing haiku helps you recognize what is right in front of you, write it down, then step back to see all that was hidden, getting a glimpse of the ever-present Spirit permeating all things.  Haiku originated as a Japanese poetic form that consists of three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third.  Its brevity and structure allow everyone to be a haiku poet who honors the sacredness of everyday life.  Bring your favorite writing tools and a journal or paper.

We will explore using contemplative silence and writing haiku to capture images in nature, memorable moments in our lives, brief prayers, and meaning from words that speak to us through lectio divina, a process of contemplative reading.

Friday, June 9 – Saturday, June 10

The retreat begins at 7:00pm on Friday and concludes at 4:00pm on Saturday.
Cost of $195 includes $65 nonrefundable deposit, overnight accommodations, and meals.

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button on the right, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center”. Payment must be received to complete registration.

Please register by Monday, May 22. By registering early, you assist us in providing quality organization and administration of our retreats and programs. We want to be fully prepared for your arrival with adequate staffing, supplies, room arrangements, and meals. We make every effort to avoid canceling retreats and programs. However, most of these events require a minimum enrollment to move forward. Registering early can help assure that the retreats and programming you look forward to participating in can happen.

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About the Facilitators

Vicky CurtissVicky Curtiss

Vicky Curtiss leads retreats and programs, offers spiritual guidance for individuals, and collaboratively oversees and prepares for the annual retreat and program offerings sponsored by the Siena Retreat Center. She has an M. Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for forty years as an ordained clergyperson in the roles of pastor, spiritual director, and presbytery executive. She has also been the director of three non-profits with mission outreach. Vicky loves reading, quilting, watching films, being in nature, and engaging in anti-racism work.