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22 June @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm AEST

About this Event:

Can you remember the last time you sat down to write a poem? 

Poetry writing has been found to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  Research has found that writing about emotional themes even improves our immune system and helps us to process difficult feelings like loss, sadness or anger.

Join published poet Jen Compton and meditation leader, Peter Shepherd, for this special day of poetry writing and relaxation.  You will be guided with mindful meditations to help you fully relax. No technical skills are required for this workshop!  You will be given all the tools you need to access your subconscious mind and write poetry from the heart in a supportive and nurturing space. 

What to bring:

Bring along a notepad and pen or ipad – something you feel comfortable being creative with.   As well as  curiosity and willingness to see what pours forth onto the page.


Saturday, 22nd June  @ 9.30 to 3.30 pm 

Lunch break from 12noon to 1.30 pm, and you can either bring your own lunch or book in for lunch at  The Big Love Cafe .


The Chenrezig Institute Art Studio. After driving through the lion entrance archway, the first set of buildings on the left hand side.  Parking available. 

The workshop will be held in an upstairs loft space.

How to book and pay:

The cost of the workshop is $70 which covers 5 hours of the poetry writing and meditation workshop. 

To maximise learning, spaces are limited to 12 participants. Since places are limited, a firm booking commitment is appreciated so that others don’t miss out. 

Please email  or text Tim on 0403 729 579 to check availability and book yourself in. 

Please arrange payment at the Art Studio on the day.

If you would like to book lunch at the Big Love Cafe Please book at least 24 hours ahead via this link:  The Big Love Cafe

Our Poetry Facilitator:

Jen Compton took her Buddhist lay vows at Langri Tangpa Centre 16 years ago. She has been attending teachings and offering her services at CI for nearly twenty years. Jen works as a primary school teacher and celebrant. She is also an inspirational poet and author of the book, Life’s a Mango: a guide to enlightenment through mindful rhyming wisdom. Jen lived and taught in Spain for 12 years and currently resides in west Brisbane with her Spanish husband. She enjoys swimming, walks in nature, reading Dharma books and listening to podcasts by Dr Steven Gundry.

Our Meditation Facilitator 

Peter Shepherd was introduced to Buddhism in 2009 when his friend lent him a copy of ‘What Makes You Not a Buddhist’, by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. It was the first time he’d ever read anything that was explicitly talking about our reality. This led him to attend the Discovering Buddhism Course with Venerable Tenzin Tsepal at Chenrezig Institute shortly after, for which he is still grateful and from which he still draws inspiration today.

He has a very keen interest in how dharma is relevant to us each day and how it can be applied in every moment. He’s passionate about how this ancient wisdom tradition can be applied to us living in a different part of the world in a very different culture. Whilst at our core we are no different to the Indians and Tibetans of the past centuries, we have a very different education system, upbringing, social circumstances and exposure to a much wider range of experiences and information. As some of our great teachers have shown us in recent years, there are a few very important considerations, to make sure the dharma is received and practiced as intended.

He has attended numerous study and meditation retreats at Chenrezig Institute and other locations. He currently lives in Caloundra with his partner and works part-time as a landscape architect and Zenthai Shiatsu therapist. His study of Zenthai Shiatsu, Chinese Five Element Theory and Ayurveda have led him to explore the body-mind relationship in greater depth and he is passionate about how other traditions and modalities can support Buddhist practice.



22 June
9:30 am - 3:30 pm AEST
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Chenrezig Institute Art Studio
33 Johnsons Rd
Eudlo, QLD 4554 Australia