Academy of Lifelong Learning





Sierra & Jay Stearns


Wednesdays, September 6 – October 11 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Lecture/Discussion/Experience-based Conversation


“With words we create a language for the mind. Through music we discover the language of the heart.” –Clarissa Pinkola Estes


This course will offer guided learning and experiences through the vibrant interplay between poetry and music. When these two art forms join as partners, the process may evoke one’s creative imagination and expression in a variety of forms. We will explore how this partnership can contribute to personal life enrichment and offer insight into the human condition. Resources and applications will draw upon a variety of poetic and musical traditions.


“Poetry offers a container for holding the essence of life.” –Lucille Clifton


SIERRA STEARNS, PhD, MT-BC, FAMI is a Board Certified Music Psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over 30 years. She is a specialist in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. Sierra is the co-founder and Director of the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, a graduate level certification program for professional clinicians. She received her PhD from Walden/University of Miami in Social Change. Sierra is often a summer session faculty at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Her article, “Harmonizing Shadow and Light: The Music of Paradox,” was published in the 2014 AMI Journal. She is also published in The Whole Mind and Music and Miracles.


JAY STEARNS and poetry discovered each other in the mid-1990s, and Jay’s life turned in a new direction. He founded Creative Conversations, Inc., a non-profit organization which brought several significant poets to the Annapolis area for public events on the campus of St. John’s College. He also taught poetry at Anne Arundel Community College. Jay is a retired United Methodist minister. After spending his early years serving as a parish pastor, he pursued further graduate studies in Pastoral Counseling and trained as a Hospital Chaplain. He has worked with the Anne Arundel Health System through its hospital Spiritual Care services, and with the addictions treatment program at Pathways.