Embracing the Artistic Call: A Cohort Program for Exploring the Mystery of the Creative Experience
With EAC Facilitation Team
February 7 - 11, 2022
Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.
We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.
~ Hildegard of Bingen
Embracing the Artistic Call is a cohort program for bringing together individuals at any level of artistic proficiency who have a desire to live a creative life with intention, connecting in deeper and more life-bringing ways to God, the source of life, us, and all our gifts and inspirations. The retreat will be an adventure of discovering new gifts and new inspirations.
It is a journey requiring the courage we get from community. While each of us follows a creative path distinctly our own, we benefit from the mutual support and encouragement of others. Those who share a desire to develop an authentic artistic practice can be especially inspiring as we make small changes in our own lives to allow this to happen.
Our journey together will begin with a week-long retreat, February 7-11, 2022, to explore what it means to live a creative life with intention. We’ll spend time sharing insights and experimenting with new ways of finding inspiration and commitment.
Over the next twelve weeks, we’ll continue our journeys toward creative lives by responding to weekly invitations or prompts. We’ll be invited to try new art forms and engage in experiences that make us stretch and look at the world in new ways. We’ll also have many opportunities to stay connected with our fellow artist participants for encouragement and support.
Finally, we will meet again for a weekend retreat May 6-8, 2022, to reflect upon our experiences, share our artistic discoveries, and make commitments to continue to live intentional creative lives.
We will explore an array of artistic media and cover topics such as creating a life-affirming practice, Benedictine spirituality, monastic humility and obedience, self-sabotage, finding creative community, using your creative gifts to serve the world, and more.
Embracing the Artistic Call is limited to 15 participants. A donation of $800 will cover the two retreats, food, lodging, and program costs. This retreat is a project of Spirituality & the Arts at St. Gertrude.