Cyndi Lloyd

Class Title: Haiku for Health: How the Ancient Practice of Haiku Connects Mind, Body, and Spirit (Part A)
Instructor: Cyndi Lloyd
Class Term: March 18-April 22, 2019
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Begin a journey to transform your emotional well-being through the art of reading and understanding haiku and by learning about the Way of Haiku.

Class Description

Have you ever wondered how haiku originated and exactly what it is? Haiku is an ancient Japanese poetic form that is now practiced all over the world. Are you curious about this poetry and how you can use it for yourself? In this two-part course, you'll explore the Way of Haiku through the study of haiku masters and contemporary poets and how a practice of mindfulness can ignite creative expressions through haiku and enhance your emotional well-being.

At the end of this class, students will be able to know what haiku is and use the powers of thinking, observation, and reflecting to make meaning in haiku. They will have learned about the three great masters and how mindfulness awakens our minds, bodies, and hearts to what is truly present in each moment.

Instruction/Communication Method: Each week readings, links, and exercises will be emailed to students and/or posted on Yahoo group.


  • Unit 1: The World of Haiku: "What Haiku Is, Dispelling Misperceptions, Elements of Haiku, How to Read Haiku, Recreating the Haiku Moment, Reflective Writing Exercises, Sharing and Discussions
  • Unit 2: Being in the Moment: "First Haiku Master, Exploring Awareness, Readings, Reflective Writing Exercises, Sharing and Discussions
  • Unit 3: The Senses: "Second Haiku Master, Tuning the Senses, Readings, Reflective Writing Exercises, Sharing and Discussions
  • Unit 4: Mindfulness: "Third Haiku Master, Readings, Practicing Mindfulness, Reflective Writing Exercises, Sharing and Discussions
Each week will consist of:
  1. reading haiku
  2. reading and implementing mindfulness practices
  3. reflective writing exercises on the haiku
  4. reflective writing exercises on the mindfulness practices
  5. discussions on responses to haiku and mindfulness practices

Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required

All reading and writing levels are welcome. Basic Internet and computer skills required with ability to navigate Yahoo group and send e-mails.

Time Commitment: Students should plan to spend a minimum of 20-30 minutes each day on the reflective writing exercises as well as 10-30 minutes on mindfulness practices. Plan another 60 minutes or longer each week (depending on class size) for sharing and discussions.

Tuition/Fees for this course

SCN members: $128. Non-SCN members: $160.

Instructor Bio

Cyndi Lloyd is passionate about reading and writing, especially haiku which has brought her much emotional healing. Her writing has been published in the Salt Lake Tribune and sine cera anthologies, and her short story placed in the June 2013 Writing It Real contest. Her Japanese-form poems appear in various worldwide publications, including The Bark, cattails, Chrysanthemum, Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, Modern Haiku, Presence, Shamrock, and tinywords. Her poems also appear in the following anthologies: Haiku Society of America's Member Anthologies, Haiku North America's 2017 Anthology, Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku (Ed. Robert Epstein); Write Like Issa: a haiku how-to (Ed. David G. Lanoue); They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku (Ed. Robert Epstein). Cyndi is the former editor-in-chief of the 2012 ellipsis...literature & art — and earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in English from Westminster College and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Chi. She's been a long-time volunteer tutor with Literacy Action Center, working with adult learners, and a volunteer mentor for a DiverseCity Series writing group through Salt Lake Community College's Community Writing Center. Cyndi lives in Riverton, Utah with her husband and their dog, and loves being in nature where she enjoys hiking and taking photographs.