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ideas for arts in pharm class: haiga & haibun

January 25, 2012

Here are some possibilities I’ll bring to teaching pharmacology through the arts.They offer simple structures for exploring complex dynamics and layers of knowledge.

I wish I had a class of 30 who could inspire each other. I’ll put the challenge out to you. Help my class of one by sharing something you’ve created about a drug/herbal/nutritional or other treatment. It might have brought relief, it might have brought disappointment or unintended results. You or someone you know or imagined might have taken it, thought about taking it, refused to take it… You might be the nurse or other pro helper, you might be the client-patient-seeker-of-wellness, or a bystander…

I’ll see what I come up with, too.

These could also be great self-care practises for caregivers or meaningmakers for people dealing with symptoms and dis-ease.

Haiga traditionally combines haiku, calligraphy and brush painting.

Haibun: a combination of haiku and prose, one leading into the other

Have fun, and be brave! Share what you make, health care-related or not!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2012 8:39 am


    stomach is burning
    sending fire upward
    pour the boiling water, drink
    marshmallow brew soothes


    open wounds might need
    stitches with thread but
    the green olive oil beeswax
    salve of comfrey mends

    • January 29, 2012 6:45 pm

      Thanks, Moss! Marshmallow tea has been my friend this week, with oatstraw, nettle, raspberry leaf. Comfrey salve is a daily lipsaver here – scrape off the dead and tend the new.

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