Sally-Shakti Willow: Yogi Poet Witch

Sally-Shakti Willow: Yogi Poet Witch

is creating Poetry, Performance & Ritual

7

patrons


feather blue
eye
leave/s
nacreous
chalk
scribble

r[ai]n [i]n / certainty

bla[c]k space
render.ed mean/

*

I write utopian poetics and perform poetry as ritual to open up [r]evolutionary space for positive transformation.

Early in 2015 I read Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's innovative text, Dictee. I hadn't a clue what it was about, but I was hooked. Something in its rhythms and movements, its breath and silences, its invitation into meditative trance-like states as I was reading, something both tangible and intangible gave this text a living quality like I'd never experienced before. I read the book four times that year and wrote about it for my MA at the time. My fascination: how could a book bring about a state of connection and oneness such as I'd only ever previously experienced through yoga and meditation?

That same year I'd also encountered Ernst Bloch's utopian philosophy, in which he characterises the utopian as that which brings about an experience of the state of non-separation between self and other. He uses the Sanskrit term, Tat twam asi (You are That) to describe this. Not only did I recognise this experience as the essence of yoga (yuj, yoke, union), I now also recognised it as the energy at the heart of Dictee. Suddenly, everything I'd experienced through yoga became equally available to me through writing. My twin passions were finally beginning to communicate - each teaching me what they had to offer and shaping how I thought about the other.

Since then, I've dedicated myself to reading, researching and writing as much as possible around what I have come to call 'Utopian Poetics'. I've now almost completed my PhD on it, which has helped me to think critically and push my creative, spiritual and academic boundaries.

Your support via Patreon will help me continue to develop my understanding and share my practice in Utopian Poetics - because there's so much I long to get out there! What I've been working on unites a spiritual practice with a writing practice in practical and powerful ways, and I'm ready to put it out into the world. Your help will enable me to do this.

*

little ripples of static
pulsating together
inside your DNA
considered sacred
closer to peace
ritual shivers
break the current
each cell dissolves
the skeleton in
fractal relation
throbs your body
in great gulps
& swelling velocity of
quantum jazz

*

I'm a dedicated yogi and I love working with yoga, ritual and ceremony as a foundation to develop a seasonal writing practice for the eight Celtic Sabbats.

As I deepen in this practice, I've found ways to allow my spiritual practice to support my writing practice and vice versa. Taking a year-long course in Luna Rhythms Yoga is providing me with a foundation for creating a seasonally-inspired writing practice, working with the rhythms of the year to develop and share different daily practices empowered by the cycle of the seasons.

Your support will give you exclusive access to seasonal writing prompts and practices as we write through the Wheel of the Year.

I love to share my writing and spiritual practices with others, and your support will give you exclusive access to patron-only content in which I will share my practices, processes and progress with you directly.

*

feeling my body
alive for the first time
arches lift
i’m cat
i’m here
rattles[h]ake[r] too
shaman woman in the snow
with antlers
&
a deerskin drum
become my body
hips

waning moonrise ancient
southern sky
illuminate black waves


*

I write and perform poetry as a form of Embodiment, drawing on the embodied practices of yoga, ritual and ceremony that inform my work.

My poetry and performance are informed by an exploration of the ways that words can manifest materially in the physical world - whether on the page, on the stage, or as energetic rhythms and vibrations. This means that my poetry encodes this embodiment when it is written and activates it whenever it is read.

Your support as a patron will give you access to new poetry that I'm working on in this way, as well as my writing about the embodied poetry of other poets and suggestions for ways you can develop your own practice in Embodying Poetry.

*
Here's the kind of content and rewards you can expect from becoming a patron:

  • Abundant gratitude!
  • Access to Patreon-only content each month, including new poems and writing prompts
  • Seasonal writing prompts & practices for Writing the Wheel of the Year
  • Exclusive updates & previews of my work on Utopian Poetics
  • The opportunity to be named as a supporter and receive advance copies of all my new books
  • Online-Writing-Mentor Patreons will receive feedback on up to 1000 words of your writing each month
  • Yogi-Poet-Witch Patreons will receive either a Reiki Treatment or a Shamanic Drum Session each month, in addition to all the poetry & writing perks.
  • SUPERMOON Patreons will receive a yearly gift of a canvas art print, featuring my words and QuirkyJoe's visual art, after each full year of patronage.

I'll also keep you updated with exclusive offers and news of my forthcoming books, classes, courses, workshops and retreats.

*

My published poetry includes two books of experimental poetry:The Unfinished Dream (Sad Press, 2016) and Atha (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2019).  I've also written and published literary reviews in The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, The Contemporary Small Press and Northern Review.  Look out for the forthcoming Special Issue of Studies in Arts and Humanities Journal: Utopian Acts, in which my manifesto on Utopian Poetics, 'Writing Utopia Now' will be published.  I'm also working on an anthology of utopian poetics, co-edited with Sarer Scotthorne and forthcoming from Hesterglock Press.

My experience includes teaching Creative Writing and Wellbeing When Writing at the University of Westminster, and 15-years teaching English from Key Stage 3 to Undergraduate level.  I've mentored PhD students through the process of writing a thesis and have also been a freelance editor and proof-reader for Cammad Ltd.  I was a judge on the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize for literary fiction from the small presses.  In fully embracing my path as a spiritual writer, teacher and healer, I will bring all of my experience to bear into my work with Utopian Poetics, Writing the Wheel of the Year and Embodying Poetry - and I'll use the skills I've learned and developed to support YOU on your path too.

Your support as a patron will enable me to grow and develop in all these areas and more - and you'll be the first to access all the news and rewards, exclusively for you.

Tiers
Unfinished Dreamer (Appx. £4.50 p/m)
$5 or more per month

Unfinished Dreamers are the root foundation of support for my writing. Thank you!  You will receive early access to all my blog posts, delivered direct to your inbox each week.  Never miss an update, and know that you are helping me thrive as my work develops.

Full Moon Poet (Appx. £6 p/m)
$7 or more per month

Full Moon Poets will receive all my blog posts direct to your inbox, as well as an exclusive patron-only poem each month at the Full Moon.  You'll be helping me share my work & you'll be receiving the benefits! Thank you.

New Moon Ogham (Appx. £9 p/m)
$10 or more per month

New Moon Oghams will receive all my blog posts direct to your inbox, an exclusive patron-only poem each month at the Full Moon, plus a monthly Ogham Forecast and Affirmation Writing Prompt every New Moon.  Ogham is a divinatory tool based on the Celtic Tree Cycle - it is a poet's equivalent to Tarot.  Each new moon also has its associated root verb, and we'll be working with these to grow your dreams through Affirmation.  Each month you'll receive a New Moon Ogham reading and a suggested Affirmation Writing Prompt!  Thank you.

Writing the Wheel of the Year (£14 p/m)
$15 or more per month

By selecting Writing the Wheel of the Year, you'll receive all of my blog posts, all the Full Moon Poems & New Moon Oghams and Affirmations, PLUS Seasonal Writing Prompts and Tips every six weeks at the Sabbat points of the Celtic Seasonal Cycle.  You'll really be working with the energies of this practice, as every season you'll have the opportunity to create your own writing based on my prompts, practices and tips.


 Thank you.


(The image for this tier is from www.covenofthegoddess.com)

Wheel of the Year Private Group (£19p/m)
$20 or more per month

By selecting Wheel of the Year Private Group, you'll receive everything from Writing the Wheel of the Year PLUS exclusive access to a private Facebook group where you can share & workshop your creations with other members!


 Thank you.



Writing Utopia Now (Appx. £30 p/m)
$33 or more per month

Supporting me at the level of Writing Utopia Now means that you'll be supporting my life-work in researching, writing & developing Utopian Poetics.  You'll receive all of the above, PLUS exclusive progress updates and previews of content development.  You'll be named as a supporter in all my subsequent books and you'll receive ONE FREE COPY of every new book I publish (excluding academic text books).


You are a real supporter of everything I do.


Thank you!



Online Writing Mentor (Appx. £50 p/m)
$55 or more per month

Here's where it gets really exciting!  Are you ready for this?  You'll receive everything above PLUS I'll be your Online Writing Mentor - providing you with supportive and practical feedback on up to 1000 words of your own writing each month.  I'll mentor you through Writing the Wheel of the Year and/or any other project that you're working on.  With my experience as a writing and wellbeing mentor, and as an editor & proof-reader, whatever your project I'll help you get it into good shape. 


Let's do it!



Yogi-Poet-Witch (Appx. £55 p/m)
$60 or more per month

More Witch than Writer?  Choose Yogi-Poet-Witch and you'll receive all the monthly rewards and benefits PLUS one Reiki Treatment OR Shamanic Drumming Session every month - these can be local or long-distance.  Together we'll work on your healing needs and upgrade your energies through regular one-to-one treatment sessions exclusive to you.


Get ready to feel great!



SUPERMOON (Appx. £90 p/m)
$100 or more per month

Are you a SUPERMOON? Yes! 


Thank you for choosing to support my work in this way.  As a reward, you'll receive ALL of the above PLUS an exclusive canvas art print featuring the combined words & images of my collaborative work with Joe Evans (www.quirkyjoe.com) after each full year of patronage.


You shine!

Goals
7 of 10 patrons
Ten or more patrons at the level of Writing the Wheel of the Year will help me to write a new book called Writing the Wheel of the Year.  And you will be the first to receive it!
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feather blue
eye
leave/s
nacreous
chalk
scribble

r[ai]n [i]n / certainty

bla[c]k space
render.ed mean/

*

I write utopian poetics and perform poetry as ritual to open up [r]evolutionary space for positive transformation.

Early in 2015 I read Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's innovative text, Dictee. I hadn't a clue what it was about, but I was hooked. Something in its rhythms and movements, its breath and silences, its invitation into meditative trance-like states as I was reading, something both tangible and intangible gave this text a living quality like I'd never experienced before. I read the book four times that year and wrote about it for my MA at the time. My fascination: how could a book bring about a state of connection and oneness such as I'd only ever previously experienced through yoga and meditation?

That same year I'd also encountered Ernst Bloch's utopian philosophy, in which he characterises the utopian as that which brings about an experience of the state of non-separation between self and other. He uses the Sanskrit term, Tat twam asi (You are That) to describe this. Not only did I recognise this experience as the essence of yoga (yuj, yoke, union), I now also recognised it as the energy at the heart of Dictee. Suddenly, everything I'd experienced through yoga became equally available to me through writing. My twin passions were finally beginning to communicate - each teaching me what they had to offer and shaping how I thought about the other.

Since then, I've dedicated myself to reading, researching and writing as much as possible around what I have come to call 'Utopian Poetics'. I've now almost completed my PhD on it, which has helped me to think critically and push my creative, spiritual and academic boundaries.

Your support via Patreon will help me continue to develop my understanding and share my practice in Utopian Poetics - because there's so much I long to get out there! What I've been working on unites a spiritual practice with a writing practice in practical and powerful ways, and I'm ready to put it out into the world. Your help will enable me to do this.

*

little ripples of static
pulsating together
inside your DNA
considered sacred
closer to peace
ritual shivers
break the current
each cell dissolves
the skeleton in
fractal relation
throbs your body
in great gulps
& swelling velocity of
quantum jazz

*

I'm a dedicated yogi and I love working with yoga, ritual and ceremony as a foundation to develop a seasonal writing practice for the eight Celtic Sabbats.

As I deepen in this practice, I've found ways to allow my spiritual practice to support my writing practice and vice versa. Taking a year-long course in Luna Rhythms Yoga is providing me with a foundation for creating a seasonally-inspired writing practice, working with the rhythms of the year to develop and share different daily practices empowered by the cycle of the seasons.

Your support will give you exclusive access to seasonal writing prompts and practices as we write through the Wheel of the Year.

I love to share my writing and spiritual practices with others, and your support will give you exclusive access to patron-only content in which I will share my practices, processes and progress with you directly.

*

feeling my body
alive for the first time
arches lift
i’m cat
i’m here
rattles[h]ake[r] too
shaman woman in the snow
with antlers
&
a deerskin drum
become my body
hips

waning moonrise ancient
southern sky
illuminate black waves


*

I write and perform poetry as a form of Embodiment, drawing on the embodied practices of yoga, ritual and ceremony that inform my work.

My poetry and performance are informed by an exploration of the ways that words can manifest materially in the physical world - whether on the page, on the stage, or as energetic rhythms and vibrations. This means that my poetry encodes this embodiment when it is written and activates it whenever it is read.

Your support as a patron will give you access to new poetry that I'm working on in this way, as well as my writing about the embodied poetry of other poets and suggestions for ways you can develop your own practice in Embodying Poetry.

*
Here's the kind of content and rewards you can expect from becoming a patron:

  • Abundant gratitude!
  • Access to Patreon-only content each month, including new poems and writing prompts
  • Seasonal writing prompts & practices for Writing the Wheel of the Year
  • Exclusive updates & previews of my work on Utopian Poetics
  • The opportunity to be named as a supporter and receive advance copies of all my new books
  • Online-Writing-Mentor Patreons will receive feedback on up to 1000 words of your writing each month
  • Yogi-Poet-Witch Patreons will receive either a Reiki Treatment or a Shamanic Drum Session each month, in addition to all the poetry & writing perks.
  • SUPERMOON Patreons will receive a yearly gift of a canvas art print, featuring my words and QuirkyJoe's visual art, after each full year of patronage.

I'll also keep you updated with exclusive offers and news of my forthcoming books, classes, courses, workshops and retreats.

*

My published poetry includes two books of experimental poetry:The Unfinished Dream (Sad Press, 2016) and Atha (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2019).  I've also written and published literary reviews in The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, The Contemporary Small Press and Northern Review.  Look out for the forthcoming Special Issue of Studies in Arts and Humanities Journal: Utopian Acts, in which my manifesto on Utopian Poetics, 'Writing Utopia Now' will be published.  I'm also working on an anthology of utopian poetics, co-edited with Sarer Scotthorne and forthcoming from Hesterglock Press.

My experience includes teaching Creative Writing and Wellbeing When Writing at the University of Westminster, and 15-years teaching English from Key Stage 3 to Undergraduate level.  I've mentored PhD students through the process of writing a thesis and have also been a freelance editor and proof-reader for Cammad Ltd.  I was a judge on the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize for literary fiction from the small presses.  In fully embracing my path as a spiritual writer, teacher and healer, I will bring all of my experience to bear into my work with Utopian Poetics, Writing the Wheel of the Year and Embodying Poetry - and I'll use the skills I've learned and developed to support YOU on your path too.

Your support as a patron will enable me to grow and develop in all these areas and more - and you'll be the first to access all the news and rewards, exclusively for you.

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Tiers
Unfinished Dreamer (Appx. £4.50 p/m)
$5 or more per month

Unfinished Dreamers are the root foundation of support for my writing. Thank you!  You will receive early access to all my blog posts, delivered direct to your inbox each week.  Never miss an update, and know that you are helping me thrive as my work develops.

Full Moon Poet (Appx. £6 p/m)
$7 or more per month

Full Moon Poets will receive all my blog posts direct to your inbox, as well as an exclusive patron-only poem each month at the Full Moon.  You'll be helping me share my work & you'll be receiving the benefits! Thank you.

New Moon Ogham (Appx. £9 p/m)
$10 or more per month

New Moon Oghams will receive all my blog posts direct to your inbox, an exclusive patron-only poem each month at the Full Moon, plus a monthly Ogham Forecast and Affirmation Writing Prompt every New Moon.  Ogham is a divinatory tool based on the Celtic Tree Cycle - it is a poet's equivalent to Tarot.  Each new moon also has its associated root verb, and we'll be working with these to grow your dreams through Affirmation.  Each month you'll receive a New Moon Ogham reading and a suggested Affirmation Writing Prompt!  Thank you.

Writing the Wheel of the Year (£14 p/m)
$15 or more per month

By selecting Writing the Wheel of the Year, you'll receive all of my blog posts, all the Full Moon Poems & New Moon Oghams and Affirmations, PLUS Seasonal Writing Prompts and Tips every six weeks at the Sabbat points of the Celtic Seasonal Cycle.  You'll really be working with the energies of this practice, as every season you'll have the opportunity to create your own writing based on my prompts, practices and tips.


 Thank you.


(The image for this tier is from www.covenofthegoddess.com)

Wheel of the Year Private Group (£19p/m)
$20 or more per month

By selecting Wheel of the Year Private Group, you'll receive everything from Writing the Wheel of the Year PLUS exclusive access to a private Facebook group where you can share & workshop your creations with other members!


 Thank you.



Writing Utopia Now (Appx. £30 p/m)
$33 or more per month

Supporting me at the level of Writing Utopia Now means that you'll be supporting my life-work in researching, writing & developing Utopian Poetics.  You'll receive all of the above, PLUS exclusive progress updates and previews of content development.  You'll be named as a supporter in all my subsequent books and you'll receive ONE FREE COPY of every new book I publish (excluding academic text books).


You are a real supporter of everything I do.


Thank you!



Online Writing Mentor (Appx. £50 p/m)
$55 or more per month

Here's where it gets really exciting!  Are you ready for this?  You'll receive everything above PLUS I'll be your Online Writing Mentor - providing you with supportive and practical feedback on up to 1000 words of your own writing each month.  I'll mentor you through Writing the Wheel of the Year and/or any other project that you're working on.  With my experience as a writing and wellbeing mentor, and as an editor & proof-reader, whatever your project I'll help you get it into good shape. 


Let's do it!



Yogi-Poet-Witch (Appx. £55 p/m)
$60 or more per month

More Witch than Writer?  Choose Yogi-Poet-Witch and you'll receive all the monthly rewards and benefits PLUS one Reiki Treatment OR Shamanic Drumming Session every month - these can be local or long-distance.  Together we'll work on your healing needs and upgrade your energies through regular one-to-one treatment sessions exclusive to you.


Get ready to feel great!



SUPERMOON (Appx. £90 p/m)
$100 or more per month

Are you a SUPERMOON? Yes! 


Thank you for choosing to support my work in this way.  As a reward, you'll receive ALL of the above PLUS an exclusive canvas art print featuring the combined words & images of my collaborative work with Joe Evans (www.quirkyjoe.com) after each full year of patronage.


You shine!