Cyndi Lloyd

Class Title: Haiku for Health: How to Mindfully Read Contemporary Haiku
Instructor: Cyndi Lloyd
Class Term: May 13-June 10, 2019
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Come immerse yourself in the pleasure of mindfully reading contemporary English-language haiku for meaning and learn how a regular practice of reading haiku will help you discover and augment your self for emotional well-being.

Class Description

Have you ever wondered what exactly contemporary haiku is and what a haiku means? Are you a reader who would like to discover more about this poetic form and what haiku’s nature shares with you? Did you know that an act of reading can be a mindfulness practice? In this class, you’ll learn what mindful reading is and its benefits, and how haiku is a highly suitable form to practice mindful reading. You’ll explore contemporary English-language haiku through some prominent haiku poets and begin to see things from a new perspective and understand how you share the one nature with haiku.

While this isn’t a class on writing haiku, each day (for six days) will introduce a haiku for mindful reading and reflective writing to discover each haiku’s meaning. The last day of the week will be spent writing about your experiences and discoveries you had throughout the week.

At the end of this class, you’ll

  1. know what contemporary haiku is and
  2. will be able to use the powers of thinking, observation, and reflecting to make meaning in haiku.
  3. You’ll have learned about contemporary poets.
  4. You’ll have discovered your sense of oneness with haiku and the attributes you share with the meanings of haiku.
  5. You’ll feel more emotionally balanced.

Group participation


Class Methods

Each week lessons, readings, links, and exercises will be e-mailed to students and/or posted on Group IO (depending on class size). Students will be required to read one haiku each day and reflectively write about it.


  • Week 1: The Art of Mindful Reading and Contemporary Haiku: What Haiku Isn’t, The Elements of Haiku, How to Read Contemporary Haiku, Recreating the Haiku Moment, Reading Haiku and Reflective Writing Exercises, Journaling Question, Sharing and Discussions
  • Week 2: First Lady of American Haiku: Contemporary Haiku Poet, Reading Haiku and Reflective Writing Exercises, Journaling Question, Sharing and Discussions
  • Week 3: A Lifelong Passion with Haiku: Contemporary Haiku Poet, Reading Haiku and Reflective Writing Exercises, Journaling Question, Sharing and Discussions
  • Week 4: Transformation with Haiku: Contemporary Haiku Poet, Reading Haiku and Reflective Writing Exercises, Journaling Question, Sharing and Discussions

Each week will consist of:

  • lessons
  • reading haiku daily (6 each week)
  • reflective writing on haiku each day
  • discussions on responses to haiku
  • one journaling question that pertains to your experience of reading haiku at the end of each week (on day 7) and discussions

Time Commitment

This class requires students to read one haiku daily (for six days each week), study it, and reflectively write about it: please plan about 30 minutes or longer. Another 10-30 minutes, at minimum, is needed at the end of each week to answer one journaling question. Furthermore, an additional 30 minutes or longer, depending on class size, is needed for reading other students’ responses, commenting, and discussions.

Student Skills

All reading and writing levels are welcome. Basic Internet and computer skills required with ability to navigate Group IO, open Word files and other attachments, and/or send e-mails.

Tuition/Fees for this course

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


I've had experience, in a classroom setting, as a volunteer writing mentor (through Salt Lake Community College's Community Writing Center) for 10 years, working with group sizes from two participants to 14. My mentoring involves helping writers tell their stories. I guide them to improve their writings as well as understand what they're reading. This is accomplished through writing warm-up exercises, lessons on creative writing aspects, and the sharing of writings and receiving feedback. As a result, they learn to read in a different way when it comes to revising/rewriting and re-seeing, re-thinking, and re-wondering a piece of writing. They establish a connection between the dynamics of reading and writing. As a mentor, I instill trust, encouragement, confidence, enthusiasm, determination, and optimism in the group. I believe in participants' abilities to be inspired, creative, and self-expressive. I've taught three online classes through Story Circle Network where!

I've received positive feedback from six students. I've made some adjustments to the course as per student feedback. My writing experience includes participating in several haiku classes (2014-2016), researching and studying haiku, writing haiku, and publication of my Japanese poems in various worldwide journals.

InetExp: I've taken many online classes as a student via Google, Group IO, and e-mail groups. I've taught three online classes through Story Circle Network.

Instructor Bio

Cyndi Lloyd is passionate about reading and writing, especially haiku which has brought her much emotional healing. She is a June 2013 Writing It Real contest winner for her short story. She is runner-up in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2018 and recipient of an honorable mention for the first Haiku Moment Award, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Vol. 1:2. Her Aunt Karen was selected as one of the best haibun of 2017 in old song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku. Her Japanese-form poems appear in various worldwide publications, including The Bark, cattails, Chrysanthemum, #FemkuMag, frogpond, Haibun Today, 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, Earthsigns (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 Unsealing Our Secrets: A Short Poem Anthology About Sexual Abuse. Cyndi is the former editor-in-chief of the 2012 ellipsis…literature & art. She 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.

Praise for Cyndi's Classes

  • Cyndi Lloyd was a very generous and talented instructor who was well versed in her topic - both about haiku and meditation. Her feedback was thoughtful and encouraging. I will consider taking part II of this course. —Ann H., Mogadore OH

  • I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to take Cyndi Lloyd's course. Her knowledge of the haiku form has inspired me to further explore its history and evolution. Her commitment to mindful living has restored, for me, a sense of wonder and gratitude for each moment of this precious life. —Kelly A., Madison WI

  • Cyndi Lloyd is extremely knowledgeable about haiku form and interpretation. Her class structure is methodically designed, yet creative. As the haiku masters are studied their haiku is interpreted and one's imagination is stimulated. Cyndi weaves throughout the course meditative practices and supports various types of meditative experiences. A wonderful opportunity to experience haiku with a different yet productive approach! —Joan C., Coeur d'Alene ID

  • Cyndi Lloyd made all of us in the class feel like family. She encouraged us to respond to each other, and she wrote us in-depth, personalized responses. Cyndi's knowledge and enthusiasm for haiku is contagious. I now have great appreciation and respect for this form of poetry and plan to take another class from Cyndi in the future. —Sue S., Cedar Falls IA