Speaking & Events

“Barbara’s talks and workshops inspire, connect & ignite your life forward. Her focus is on is on awareness, reflection, change, and personal growth and uses poetry as an entry point to discussion. Not just another ordinary lecture or motivational talk. She will give you tools to find your own unique voice and to bring their talents it to the world. This is for people who want to navigate life in the midst of transition or who are in the midst of a a career change and are looking for their own internal wisdom. As she points out, we all have our own answers, we know best. It’s about asking the right questions, being still and hearing your own voice and moving that into action”.

 

Poetry Bites 

Poetry Bites Open Mic Night has evolved into a monthly gathering for the community! Creator of Poetry Bites, life coach and poet Barbara Piper, will moderate the evening and lead us through the evening, aligning with artists and the monthly shows in the gallery.

We’ll share this podium with everyone who wants to bring their work to the table!

At these Open-Mic nights, we work with poetry to spark conversations that matter. I read from my poetry collection and invite people into the conversation and on to the stage. Please join us for a glass and a bite and share your work with us!


“Much of her poems are a conversation between herself and the different parts of her Jewish, German, English, and Dutch heritage. She also ventures into more recent work around being brave and moving away from those family ties to moving into a new way of being. By holding the conversation lightly, deeper connections and new insights are woven into the evening with ease.”

 

March 2019 The Inner Negotiation Workshop 

As a participant in the Inner Negotiation Workshop you are invited to focus on what you want, rather than what you think is possible. You are encouraged to reflect, notice, and speak up for yourself regardless of how unreasonable your wishes. You are urged to express your wants, hopes, and dreams, rather than discounting them as unrealistic or stupid. You are prompted to look within yourself, to trust your deepest instincts, and to determine a way to have your wishes become real. The time capsule environment of the Inner Negotiation Workshop acts as a catalyst for enormous movement in people’s lives.

To sign up, click on the MMS logo.

Thursday, 25 October at 7 PM – Open Mic

Because October at Sparkarts is about Breast Cancer Awareness, Poetry Bites will work with recovery as the theme and have the art in the gallery this month inspire our conversations and shares.

Come share you recovery story and poetry on Thursday.  In May, I had some major surgery myself and will share some of the poetry that I wrote while healing from it over summer.

September 15 and 16, 2018 The Inner Negotiation Workshop 

As a participant in the Inner Negotiation Workshop you are invited to focus on what you want, rather than what you think is possible. You are encouraged to reflect, notice, and speak up for yourself regardless of how unreasonable your wishes. You are urged to express your wants, hopes, and dreams, rather than discounting them as unrealistic or stupid. You are prompted to look within yourself, to trust your deepest instincts, and to determine a way to have your wishes become real. The time capsule environment of the Inner Negotiation Workshop acts as a catalyst for enormous movement in people’s lives.

 

July 28 Workshop Moving into the direction of life at the JCC
10 AM – noon at the Jewish Community Centre in San Francisco

This workshop is a co-creation between Jessica Obando, Movement Coach and myself. We both work as Life Coaches and use different entry points to helping people move in the (new) direction of life.

After a successful second workshop, we are offering another movement filled workshop. Moving from stillness into empowering poses and dance. An embodiment of your meditations. Words will be combined with movement and you will experience the stillness of poetry as a guide to your life’s direction and the embodiment of it through Jessica’s teachings in movement.

Join us! Send me an email for more information an email to sign-up here.

July 26: Shaping your own Reality

This months Poetry Bites is held amongst sixteen local artists that are showcasing their work this month.

Poetry Bites will add to their work by honoring their many different and distinct styles. Our theme is; ‘shaping your own reality’ followed by an Open Mic where anyone can bring their voice and their reality to the table.

All are welcome – please bring your friends, your voice and a bottle of wine to the table!

June 21: True to Yourself  

Stop feel, connect, nominate, & express.

Join us as Barbara inspires us to explore our foundations and how it’s visible in the world today  Combining both the yin and the yang side of manifesting our true selves, Barbara ‘s poetry connects us to our inner journey without forgetting exterior expression; the action, setting boundaries and taking your place in the world.

For the June Poetry Bites on Thursday 21 June, I have invited special guest, Sabrina Reid to share her story. As one of the Pride Group artists at Sparkarts this month, Sabrina Reid will share to inspire. We will collaborate together and bring our voices to the table.

Will you bring yours?

May 19 and 20 The Inner Negotiation Workshop 

As a participant in the Inner Negotiation Workshop you are invited to focus on what you want, rather than what you think is possible. You are encouraged to reflect, notice, and speak up for yourself regardless of how unreasonable your wishes. You are urged to express your wants, hopes, and dreams, rather than discounting them as unrealistic or stupid. You are prompted to look within yourself, to trust your deepest instincts, and to determine a way to have your wishes become real. The time capsule environment of the Inner Negotiation Workshop acts as a catalyst for enormous movement in people’s lives.

 

May 17 Poetry Bites: May day May Day – Open Mic night with Rob Nilsson
7-9 PM

Throughout May, published poet and painter, and well-known filmmaker, Rob Nilsson is on display at Spark Arts.

For the May Poetry Bites, we will collaborate and present some of our poetry together and open the floor to poets alike. Please feel welcome and share your works!

Poetry Bites this month is all about the Film of your life’

Have you ever had that feeling that life is like a flash of light? A falling star? Swoosh! And suddenly you look up and a big chunk of life had already come to pass? During this event, I will be reading from some work around big life events that came and went. And we will venture into conversation about how looking over that proverbial shoulder can help you take that next step into a new venture.

April 29 Moving into the direction of life; a workshop
11 AM – 1 PM

This workshop is a co-creation between Jessica Obando, Movement Coach and myself. We both work as Life Coaches and use different entry points to helping people move in the (new) direction of life.

The workshop is a follow-up of my ‘Moving into your Hearts’ Direction’ January Poetry Salon where Jessica guided us through movement exercises to embody the words of poetry. Words will be combined with movement and you will experience the stillness of poetry as a guide to your life’s direction and the embodiment of it through Jessica’s teachings in movement.

 

 

April 12 Poetry Bites: Finding Your Voice
7-9 PM

An evening amidst Ronit Hendel’s exhibit and my words on the walls of the gallery where Aviva’s food bites will nurture us while I read poetry and open up discussion to the group about Finding your voice.

We will let the paintings inspire us to keep looking for our own voice. And how losing your voice can turn into a gift and open yourself up to a new world and form of expression.

 

April 5 Opening Night Gate of Destiny by Ronit Hendel Poetry Bites
Castro Walk 6-9 PM

Ronit Hendels’ exhibition shows a journey of struggle to find a form of expression in a new country. During her first year, at a time when everything is new, finding herself far from family, friends, and anything known, it was hard to find a way to express her inner turmoil. Without words at her fingertips, she rediscovered the brush and her passion. Ever since, she has been producing painting after painting.

As a true SparkArts collaboration; my poetry bites hang loosely next to the paintings. Like whispers in the wind. Illuminating words lost to Ronit for so long and found voice speaking in colours and shapes on canvas. I am honoured that my work can compliment Ronit’s in this beautiful friendship and collaboration in art.

 

March 8, 2018 International Women’s day

If you always do what you always did… An Evening of Poetry with Barbara Piper

Poetry as an entry point to conversations that matter.

On March 8, Barbara will be reading poetry from her first book in the making, The Sorrow Expellers. Much of these poems are a conversation between my herself and the different parts of her Jewish, German, English and Dutch heritage. She will also venture into some more recent work from the beginning of this year around being brave and moving away from those family ties to try new way of being. Coaching conversations with art as an entry point to sparking conversations that matter.  More

February 2, 2018 – Lifeshop – Moving into your Hearts’ direction

Join us on February 2nd for an evening of Movement! This New Year’s theme is directed to embody all the intentions that we set for the new year. To move in a direction that matters, your hearts’ direction. Jessica Obando, movement coach in Marin, will  be supporting me as a featured professional during this evening. Coaching conversations with art as an entry point to sparking conversations that matter. Join us!

December 8, 2017 – Lifeshop in San Francisco

How often do you go back home for the holiday season and as soon as you hit the front door, you find yourself acting out the same ‘role’ you had had at home. Family relationships are complicated and, far or near, when the holiday season starts, we all seem to think of them. Recognise this? Coaching conversations with art as an entry point to sparking conversations that matter.

Please join us as we have a conversation around family ties.

 

October 20, 2017 – Lifeshop in San Francisco

An evening of Poetry and sharing ideas about exploring our own heritage. Coaching conversations with art as an entry point to sparking conversations that matter.  I will share some of my poetry to inspire you to share your story and to find your unique expression in the world. Please feel welcome and join us for an evening of talk about stepping into light and moving forward through knowing your own story.

June 17, 2017 – Lifeshop in San Francisco

An evening of Poetry and sharing ideas about exploring your own wiring. Coaching conversations with art as an entry point to sparking conversations that matter. We will glance back at dynamics in your past to find how your ‘wiring’ effects your choices today. Please feel welcome and join us to make your mark on the world!