Peggy Dobreer


"Dobreer's approach is 


-Janet Fitch, Chimes of A Lost Cathedral, The Revolution of Marina M.

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Workshops & Events

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History & Honors


Dobreer  is this summer’s Honorary Sharon Olds Scholarship Recipient for Community of Writers in the Virtual "Squaw" Valley. She

is a Los Angeles poet and writing mentor whose work has been published in Pirene’s Fountain, Malpais Review, San Pedro River Review, Everything About You Is Beautiful, Yoga Magazine, and Inner Visions among others. Her work is also included in multiple anthologies, most recently: "Voices From Leimert Park" (Harriet Tubman Press for Tsehai Publishers); Aeolian Harp Folio Series Vols. I and V, (Glass Lyre Press). Dobreer has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was awarded the 2017 "Poetry Matters Prize” from The Downey Symphony Orchestra/NASA.  A former choreographer, designer, and lifelong experiential researcher of somatic practice and mystical traditions, Peggy is co-author of "64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence: A Curriculum and Resource Guide," (Pro-Ed Inc.) and was a Program Director at AROHO2015, a women’s writing retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.  She is a new member of the Long Now Foundation

Embodied Poetry Workshops:


A lifelong teaching artist and former dancer, Dobreer brings movement, contemplative practice, human development, peace studies, visual craft, and a love affair with language to her workshops and mentees.  She migrated to poetry through an early professional life in Neo-modern theatre and a thirty year practice in an art sport known as Contact Improvisation.


In physical contact, sharing a center of gravity, dancers explore non-verbal communication through the exchange of weight, mass, and energy, using the laws of physics that govern bodies in motion.


On becoming a parent in 1987, Peggy trained and taught ten years in the Mysteries Program for Human Development at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. She co-authored 64 Ways To Practice Nonviolence, a peace studies curriculum aligned with Language Arts Standards; earned certificates in Prime of Life Yoga and Sanskrit Stiudies in India; and studied poetry with James Ragan at Charles University in Prague, and with Brendan Constantine at LMU.  

In 2015, Peggy had the good fortune of serving as a Program Director for A Room of Her Own Foundation, AROHO2015 Retreat, at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. There she introduced and examined what her varied background might provide for all writers in her daily Embodied Poetry Practice. 

Click on WeHoArts Billboard above to hear COLOR ME GRAY for Guys Reading Poems.  

Click above to hear Interview with Lois P. Jones on KPFK. 

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