Finding God at the Tip of Your Pen: A Writing Retreat
The great mystic and scientist Teilhard de Chardin wrote about the process of becoming ‘something more,’ explaining that God reaches from the future into the present to draw us forward into greater wholeness through our attractions – our zest, he called it.
Zest! If you find yours in the free flow of ink on a page, you’ll love this weekend retreat. Guided writing exercises help you combine imagination, observation and memory to create something entirely new, entirely and uniquely ‘you.’ Group discussions in a sacred space of respect, attentiveness and creativity foster connection with like-minded others who share your attractions. Private writing time gives you space to be alone with that Divine Mystery which invites you to become the ‘something more’ you already are in poems, songs, stories, reflections or personal journal writing.
The May 5 – 7, 2017 Retreat is held at Bon Secours Retreat Center in Marriottsville, Md. See their website for a description of the location.
Located in tidewater Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay area, Imago House is the perfect spot for a marriage between creativity and contemplative seeking of the God who flows forth at the tip of your pen. The location boasts stunning river views and offers secluded nooks and private crannies where you can hunker down with your notebook and pen: inside, outside, dockside or porchside.
Led by Elizabeth Ayres – a Benedictine Oblate as well as the founder of the Center for Creative Writing and author of 4 books – the weekend workshops are suitable for anyone. No writing experience beyond simple journal-keeping is necessary. The schedule is:
- Friday, 7 – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (includes lunch)
- Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – noon