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April 25, 2021

Poetry Timeout: Poetry, Songs & Stories with Jennifer Bloom & Nico Cary

Join poets Jennifer Bloom and Nico Cary on this Sunday evening in April for an online performance of original poems, songs, and stories.

In this hour-long presentation, Jennifer and Nico will offer a guided meditation and take you on a poetic journey of discovery, crafting a setting to feel, to consider, to discover. The intention to create a space of sanctuary, to take a timeout from the day-to-day, and to reflect on the sacredness of being alive in this moment. Children and families (all generations) are welcome. Feel free to bring a beverage, a meal, a journal, or come in your PJ’s. Create the space you need to feel nourished.

For those who would like to be in conversation after the presentation, Jennifer will linger for an additional thirty minutes for community reflection and connection. The virtual “doors” will open at 7:50 p.m., so please feel free to come early to settle into this space. Suggested donation is $25, but all levels of giving are welcome and deeply appreciated. A link to the recording will be e-mailed to all those who register to ensure that anyone unable to attend the live event is still able to enjoy the program.

This event will be conducted on Zoom at 8pm EDT on Sunday, April 25, 2021. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of registration. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.


 Jennifer Bloom is a mother, poet, singer, scholar, and advisor to the Garrison Institute Fellowship. Jennifer loves to weave the intellectual and creative worlds together to inform one another. She considers her role to be that of meaning maker and sacred space holder, whether she is performing, facilitating a retreat, or writing. Jennifer has published two collections of poetry and an album of music and holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and a Master of Science in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her perspectives integrate continued studies through The Neuroleadership Institute, The Mindsight Institute, Prosocial World as well as Jewish, Yogic, and Earth-based wisdom traditions. Jennifer’s poetry explores questions that arise when making friends with paradox, allowing boundaries to blur, and testing the limits of our habits and beliefs. At times metaphysical, quarry, and emotionally raw, Jennifer explores what it means for her to be human and the moments that can transcend the ordinary. In her words: “I embrace curiosity and inquiry as I explore life, relationships, and myself. I write and sing to express and to open space for listeners to connect to their own story through mine. I share through performances and conversations, crafting settings to feel, to consider, to discover.” For more information, please visit https://www.jennifer-bloom.com/

Nico Cary is a writer, performance artist, and mindfulness teacher and Garrison Institute Fellow. He received his BA from UC Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Studies Field School, specializing in cognitive linguistics. From writing and performing in a theater piece on water politics that featured at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans to helping develop an immersive multimedia installation on processing grief for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Nico is truly a cross-platform artist. While engaged in a deeply fulfilling artistic career, Nico also proudly serves as a mindfulness facilitator for InsightLA. He is interested in the many different vocabularies of healing and the holding capacity of mindfulness, particularly as it relates to embodied activism and creative ecosystems.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the support to create a virtual sanctuary during this time. Your donations help to the expand the Fellowship’s program offerings. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution towards our efforts. Please consider making a donation below.

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