Cheryl Johnson

Now that I’m retired from teaching, when someone asks, what do you do?  I answer, Write, as a spiritual practice.  The reaction is usually, Oh, you’re a writer then.  Yes and no.  I don’t write for tenure now, or my name in lights.  I contemplate world and word, waiting for a spark to light and invite the experience of awakening.  For me, writing seeks to engage a deeper current in life, not just the horizontal hubbub, but a vertical exchange that informs it even when the ember seems buried deep in ashes.  I seek to honor the mystery of Creation, its brokenness and its beauty.

I’ve taken retreats at Spirit Center; volunteered at the Monastery, offering Art and Journaling; co-facilitated The Creative Word and online retreats and co-edited Come to the Table: Recipes for Loving and Serving.  I’m a novice in the Oblate program at St Gertrude’s and walker of Monastery Hill.

Events with Cheryl Johnson

Deep Writing: Excavating the Inner Life
November 13 - 17, 2023

Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it. from “Digging” by Seamus Heaney   We are archaeological sites. Personal artifacts buried in the rich humus of our lives long to tell their stories. These objects are sacred vessels, “tools” for listening, witnessing, and healing. Artifacts preserve “moments” and invite us below the surface where truth lies. Like archaeologists, we will dust off our objects and with our trowels of creative seeing, record, restore, and redeem them. Writing will be our “digging” practice. We’ll show up and see what we uncover. You don’t need to be…