Cyndi Lloyd

Class Title: Haiku for Health: How the Ancient Practice of Haiku Connects Mind, Body, and Spirit (Part B)
Instructor: Cyndi Lloyd
Class Term:
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Continue the journey to transform your emotional well-being through the art of reading and understanding haiku and by learning the Way of Haiku through mindfulness.

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 know what haiku is and will be able to use the powers of thinking, observation, and reflecting to make meaning in haiku. They will have learned about the fourth master and contemporary poets and how mindfulness awakens the mind, body, and spirit 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 at Yahoo group.


  • Unit 1: Sketch of Life—Fourth Haiku Master, Seeing into the Nature of Things, The Art of Suffering, Reflective Writing Exercises, Sharing and Discussions
  • Unit 2: Attending the Body, Mind, and Spirit—Contemporary Haiku Poet, Noticing Feelings in Your Body, Mind, and Heart, Nurturing Your Spirit, Reflective Writing Exercises, Sharing and Discussions
  • Unit 3: Meditation—Two Contemporary Haiku Poets, Ways to Meditate, Reflective Writing Exercises, Sharing and Discussions
  • Unit 4: Connecting—Contemporary Haiku Poet, Maintaining a Mindfulness Practice, Haiku as a Holistic Process, Reflective Writing Exercises, Sharing and Discussions

Each week will consist of:

  • reading haiku
  • reading and implementing mindfulness practices
  • reflective writing exercises on haiku
  • reflective writing exercises on mindfulness practices
  • 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, open files/attachments, and/or send e-mails.

Time Commitment: Students should plan on reading at least one haiku daily — studying it and reflectively writing about it. Plan on spending 10-30 minutes daily on mindfulness practices and a minimum of 20-30 minutes each day on the reflective writing exercises. Another 60 minutes or longer is needed each week (depending on class size) for reading, 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 Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, The Bark, cattails, Chrysanthemum, frogpond, The Heron's Nest, Modern Haiku, Presence, Shamrock, Stardust Haiku, 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, Write Like Issa: a haiku how-to, They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku, and her Aunt Karen was selected as one of the best haibun of 2017 in old song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku. 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.