Featured Programs & Services
Art + Poetry: Friday Creative Encounter Retreats
“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Do you have a collection of favorite quotes and poems hidden away in a drawer or a journal? Are they pinned to your refrigerator or the partitions of your office space? In these monthly creative retreats, we will use words as our motivation to create “artspirations”. Using collage, gelli printing and other mixed-media, we will give a visual voice to the words that have inspired us. As Natalie Goldberg says, “Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist-the real truth of who we are.” Will you honor the quotes and poems that have inspired you and make them come alive?
No artistic skills are required - simply a willingness to play and explore. Everyone is welcome. Supplies included.
Stephanie Warfield, MS, CZT
Finding Heart in Your Work
Serving the Mysteries: The Promise of Poetry
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” - Frederick Buechner
Are you seeking a renewed sense of meaning and fulfillment in your work? Would you like to feel more innovative in your work and less overwhelmed? In this 3-week course you will learn how to approach your work as a spiritual practice?embracing your imperfections while cultivating your strengths. Through the use of mythology, film, literature and sacred scripture, we will rediscover a deep sense of purpose for our lives that resonates with both external reality and our own inner truth. Instead of conditioning ourselves to work more, which can lead to burnout, we will explore what it means to engage our work with our whole hearts, and how wholeheartedness can be the antidote to burnout. We will nurture and ground our self-discovery with contemplative practices and rituals so that we may once again find heart in our daily work.
Daniel Hope, MA, LMFT-A
And yet, though we strain against the deadening grip of daily necessity, I sense there is this mystery: All life is being lived. - Rainer Maria Rilke
Life is nothing if not a series of mysteries to be lived creatively and compassionately…yet, how often do we pause to ponder these passages? Birth, love, creation, death, art, prayer, are but a few of the mysteries to be encountered.
In this 2-part series, we’ll engage poetry as a tool that “serves the mysteries”. Looking first at poetry as a mystery itself, and then allowing it to usher us into a few of the deepest mysteries of our living. Join us as we nourish one another with words that help us lift the veil to peer into the heart and soul of mystery.
Cathey Capers, M.Ed