Through a playful approach to writing, participants will be guided in the creation of poems straight from the heart. We’ll use tools such as metaphor and anaphora (pattern) to create vivid and compelling pieces of writing. In the process we might discover, like famed poet Maya Angelou, that “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
Come enjoy a spring concert with Border CrosSing, which integrates historically segregated audiences and musicians by creating a landscape where singers and audiences more closely reflect the racial and cultural composition of the Twin Cities. This concert will feature songs and poetry of love and nature by Latin American authors such as Neruda, Benedetti, and Paz, whose multiple layers of meaning have changed through history.
Home to over 100 public labyrinths, the Twin Cities is a mecca. Spend a delightful day experiencing a variety of labyrinth designs and settings, including cathedral, park and school locations. Join labyrinth enthusiasts around the world in walking and celebrating World Labyrinth Day.
In these culturally chaotic times, when so many male role models are falling from grace and revealing the dark underside of masculinity, where do we turn for clarity, discernment and proper action? How do we find a balancing point? One resource is the work of Fr. Richard Rohr, a globally recognized ecumenical teacher who leads men’s rites-of-passage retreats and addresses many aspects of masculine spirituality. His On the Threshold of Transformation supports men in learning how to transform their pain so they don’t harmfully pass it on
Begone all notions that there is only a single view of creation in Scripture! Together we will explore ten different ways that Scripture speaks of creation. In each “portrait”—drawn from Genesis, Psalms, Job, some law, some prophets, Proverbs, and a bit of Paul, John, and Revelation—we’ll give special emphasis to the implied human role.
Observe Earth Week with a workshop that asks how and why we should write about the natural world in these complex and often mournful times. What role does writing play in making the world a better place and in our own lives? Join environmental writer Emma Marris for an evening of advice, exercises, discussion, and inspiration on writing about nature and science.
Nature is not something that is ‘out there’ and separate from our daily lives, says writer Emma Marris. Instead we are surrounded by a rambunctious garden that has been shaped by human beings—which raises significant questions. If no ecosystem is pristine and we cannot go back to a natural world untouched by human activity, how will we go forward? How do we conserve, protect, and engage with nature? What is nature and what is our place within it?
Come savor the traditions and languages of the Dakota people as Gwen Nell Westerman reads from Follow the Blackbirds, her book of poetry in Dakota and English. “My uncle and my grandma told me we should always try to tell the truth about our history and our culture,” says Westerman, whose poems, stories and fiber art remind us that Minnesota and the upper Midwest have been a Dakota place since “beyond remembering.”
The Enneagram is a map for shifting our inner lives so that we flourish more in our outer lives. It is a system for self-development that uses a nine-pointed figure to portray nine basic personality styles. Each type views life through a particular lens that shapes what we notice and value, what we see as ideal, and what we want to avoid. This narrowed perception becomes a kind of trance.
Come join an early spring exploration of a fertile symbol of creativity! Through the lenses of music, art, poetry, and theology as well as our personal experience, we’ll explore the creative role that Mary of Nazareth has played in various spiritualities and peoples, including Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, Mother of the Church and Mother of us All.