My passion is freeing your passion

As a writer, poet, dancer and artist, I inspire language lovers, dreamers, and creative souls longing to break free.

Margaret Wagner is a writer, poet, and artist, and the author of Dancing Poems.

Ignite your creative spirit.

Welcome to my paintbox, where I write, dance, and do everything I can to ignite your creative spirit.

My childhood was full of adventure and creativity. My parents were world travelers: I celebrated my sixth birthday with a table of Sikh Indian businessmen in Mumbai.

In my tweens and teens, I danced non-stop in front of my bathroom mirror and took improv to overcome my shyness. In my twenties, I was a curious museum-goer, loving all the art in New York City.

For a long time, I didn’t pursue my artistic passions. Encouraged to do the “sensible” thing, I headed for marketing. Others were “writers.” I wrote conference reports for eight hours a day, yet scribbled poetic images on paper napkins riding home on the bus.

I plugged along, but I’d lost a part of myself.

From dreamer to creative catalyst

When I discovered Gabrielle Roth (dancer, musician, author, director, and founder of the 5Rhythms®), I finally felt the deep connection I’d been craving. In her workshops, I pushed past my comfort zone.

I felt the beauty and power of a community of rebel rockers, soul shakers, and shapeshifting dancers.

My soul was reawakened and I decided to shift. I became a 5Rhythms® teacher in 2005, pursued further movement studies with Anna Halprin and the Tamalpa Institute, and, in 2016, became an Open Floor dance/movement teacher.

Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher
Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher

Writing, teaching, art-making

Writing wasn’t far behind: I studied with Julie Cameron, Marie Howe and Ellen Bass, among others, and won a few Travelers’ Tales Solas writing awards.

I now incorporate writing, drawing and art-making into my daily life as well as my classes and workshops in Marin County, California and around the world. I’ve taught in the Bay area, in New York City at The Rubin Museum of Art and outdoors on the High Line park, and even in the Australian outback.

Poetry on the move

I’m thrilled to debut my book Dancing Poems this fall. As the name suggests, I wrote these poems after dancing or moving my body, which is exactly what I encourage my students to do.

I’m also retracing my mother’s 1951 seven-month trek through Europe, from Finland’s Arctic Circle to Gibraltar. My mother decided who to marry on her trip – perhaps I’ll find the man of my dreams on mine!

Come join me – moving and renewing, writing and drawing, traveling and learning.

 

– Margaret

Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher

As a writer, poet, dancer and artist, I inspire language lovers, dreamers, and creative souls longing to break free.

Margaret Wagner is a writer, poet, and artist, and the author of Dancing Poems.

Ignite your creative spirit.

Welcome to my paintbox, where I write, dance, and do everything I can to ignite your creative spirit.

My childhood was full of adventure and creativity. My parents were world travelers: I celebrated my sixth birthday with a table of Sikh Indian businessmen in Mumbai.

In my tweens and teens, I danced non-stop in front of my bathroom mirror and took improv to overcome my shyness. In my twenties, I was a curious museum-goer, loving all the art in New York City.

For a long time, I didn’t pursue my artistic passions. Encouraged to do the “sensible” thing, I headed for marketing. Others were “writers.” I wrote conference reports for eight hours a day, yet scribbled poetic images on paper napkins riding home on the bus.

I plugged along, but I’d lost a part of myself.

Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher

From dreamer to creative catalyst

When I discovered Gabrielle Roth (dancer, musician, author, director, and founder of the 5Rhythms®), I finally felt the deep connection I’d been craving. In her workshops, I pushed past my comfort zone.

I felt the beauty and power of a community of rebel rockers, soul shakers, and shapeshifting dancers.

My soul was reawakened and I decided to shift. I became a 5Rhythms® teacher in 2005, pursued further movement studies with Anna Halprin and the Tamalpa Institute, and, in 2016, became an Open Floor dance/movement teacher.

Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher

Writing, teaching, art-making

Writing wasn’t far behind: I studied with Julie Cameron, Marie Howe and Ellen Bass, among others, and won a few Travelers’ Tales Solas writing awards.

I now incorporate writing, drawing and art-making into my daily life as well as my classes and workshops in Marin County, California and around the world. I’ve taught in the Bay area, in New York City at The Rubin Museum of Art and outdoors on the High Line park, and even in the Australian outback.

Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher

Poetry on the move

I’m thrilled to debut my book Dancing Poems this fall. As the name suggests, I wrote these poems after dancing or moving my body, which is exactly what I encourage my students to do.

I’m also retracing my mother’s 1951 seven-month trek through Europe, from Finland’s Arctic Circle to Gibraltar. My mother decided who to marry on her trip – perhaps I’ll find the man of my dreams on mine!

Come join me – moving and renewing, writing and drawing, traveling and learning.

 

– Margaret

Margaret takes great care with all that she does and shows up… in a big way with support, resources, and guidance.
 

- First-time student, New York City

Margaret’s authenticity brings a clear, open and uncluttered energy to the floor. It allows each dancer to let their soul out to play.
 

- Student, Marin County, CA

It was an amazing night for me, it was a such a safe space to go so far and let my being express itself.

 

- Homeopath, family constellations facilitator from Ireland

Margaret answers the needs of a group with love, time, creative intelligence, and care.
 

- Dance teacher, ID

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Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher
Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher
Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher
Margaret Wagner, writer and teacher