The Warrior Poet

In ancient Ireland, the Fianna were legendary warriors. Those who would join them were required to be able to demonstrate strength, agility, and courage - and to be skilled poets.

In feudal Japan, a samurai was expected to master not only the use of weapons, but the arts of calligraphy and poetry. They called this the "Way of Sword and Brush".

During the European age of chivalry, knights - perhaps inspired by Arabian tradition - sought to develop prowess in war and skill on horseback, but also admired the gift of eloquence and the art of poetry.

This is the tradition of the Warrior Poet: the man or woman of action and eloquence, possessed of a fearless passion for life, self-disciplined but open of heart, striving to cultivate that elusive quality known to the ancient Greeks as "areté" - virtue, or excellence.

The traditions of the warrior and of the poet have lessons for us all. In that spirit, Warrior Poet Consulting provides consulting, coaching, and training to help organizations and individuals develop skills for creativity and personal excellence.

See the events page for upcoming workshops, like this:

Warrior Poet Consulting presents

Cultivating Creativity

a workshop with Tom Swiss

Whether you're an artist or an accountant, maximizing your creative potential will help you get the most out of life. In this unique workshop, Tom Swiss - poet, songwriter, lecturer, karate teacher, and The Well's own shiatsu "acupressure massage" therapist - draws on his varied experiences to help you find and focus your creative powers.

Friday May 16 - 6:30 - 8:30pm
The Well, 3711 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City
Register at or call (410) 418-8944
Cost: just $20!

For more information, e-mail Tom.