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When: Wednesdays in Lent, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Cost: Suggestion donation of $15-25/person, per session (on a sliding scale); Optional $12 lunch after each session
RSVP Encouraged*

*Please email melanie@melanieweldonsoiset.com to RSVP and/or ask any questions.


Lenten Poetry & Prayer Workshops

This series will feature weekly themes Wednesdays during Lent (February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29). Join published poet and contemplation prayer leader Melanie Weldon-Soiset at the Washington Retreat House as we wander through Lent via poetry and prayer. Each Wednesday during Lent, we’ll explore a new poetry prompt based on a different set of Lenten-themed images. Whether you are brand new to poetry or an experienced poet, these workshops will provide a fresh opportunity to enter into the sights and senses of the season. These generative sessions will also offer you a new poem each week that can serve as your own personal prayer. There is an option $12 lunch after each session.

Weekly Themes:
Feb 22 – fire, ashes, trumpets
March 1 – pilgrimage
March 8 – wilderness and water
March 15 – light, sight
March 22 – waiting at the grave
March 29 – through the gate

An RSVP each week is encouraged, but not required.


Melanie Weldon-Soiset (she/her) is a published poet, former paster in Shanghai, #ChurchToo spiritual abuse survivor, and poetry editor at Geez magazine. Melanie lives in Brookland with her partner Brian and her cat, Taz. She has a master of divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, a “Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats” certificate from the Shalem Institute, and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry from Spalding University.