Four Sacred Arts: Cultivating Wisdom through Song, Movement, Story and Silence

Tuesdays, January 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, 2015

6:30 - 8:30 pm


Wisdom Ways asked the question: "What did you enjoy most about this program?"

The facilitators’ enthusiasm and skill in weaving together different activities and reflections. Great combination of instructors – well organized – nice pacing! The openness of the people. The introspection ignited. The other people. The open space – in the exercise, in the pace, in the presence of Emily and Elizabeth. Community sharing. The 4 questions and how we wove them into everything.


What part of your spirit is asking to be voiced? What wisdom in your body wants to be expressed? How can the stories you tell reveal your sacred purpose? How might deepening your relationship with silence cultivate insight and possibility?

This workshop draws inspiration from cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien’s observation that in many indigenous cultures, singing, dancing, embracing our own stories, and being comfortable with silence are healing balm for those who feel dispirited or discouraged.



In five sessions, we will cultivate vitality and courage as we explore the essential wisdom of singing, moving, writing, and practicing silence, and celebrate the broader possibilities these sacred arts open up for a hopeful, joyful world.

Session 1: Giving Voice to Spirit 
January 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Explore voice as your signature expression, be it in song, on the page, or in gesture. We will explore silence as the wellspring of all sound. What part of your spirit is asking to be voiced? How might you cultivate your authentic voice?


Session 2: Embodying Wisdom
February 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Our bodies are a significant way we communicate with others.  They are also a means of receiving communication from the Spirit. We’ll practice activating and heeding our full-bodied wisdom using dance, meditation, and body memories. How do our bodies speak? How might we listen?


Session 3: Authoring Stories
February 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Our life stories are an intimate form of scripture.  When we pay attention to our stories, we both shape them and are shaped by them.  We will give form to our stories—on the page, in our bodies, and with our voices.  Becoming authors, we come to know the Author of our being.

When we go to a medicine person or healer because we are feeling disheartened, dispirited or depressed, he or she might ask questions like:

When did you stop singing?

When did you stop dancing?

When did you stop being enchanted by stories and by your own story?

When did you stop being comfortable in the sweet territory of silence?

Angeles Arrien, Cultural Anthropologist


Session 4: Cultivating a Relationship with Silence 
March 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Silence is both empty and full, without form and pregnant with possibility.  To nurture our relationship with silence and tap into its generative mysteries, we will use white space on the page, shared silent prayer, musical rests, and stillness as we explore how we create through silence and what silence creates in us.


Session 5: Moving into Whole, Vibrant, Hopeful Lives March 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm*

How do these four sacred arts together bring forth our soul’s wisdom and cultivate healing in the broader world? Using ritual, we will celebrate the vital, courageous possibilities we have awakened.

*To attend session five, you must have attended the first four sessions.


Writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir, the novel Hannah, Delivered, the spiritual memoir Swinging on the Garden Gate, and the essay collection On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness. Learn more about how her work explores intersections between spiritual growth and the creative process at and 

Healing artist and Artistic Director of Living Wisdom community dance practice Emily Jarrett Hughes invites people of all ages and abilities into the joy of moving and creating in community. She has in-depth training in ritual dance and qi gong, which she artfully weaves together in her teaching. Emily is dedicated to awakening the capacity in each person to live a vibrant, courageous life. Visit Emily's website.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Registration is now closed for the January 27th, February 10th and March 24th sessions.

COST:  $30.00 per session for sessions 3 and 4.                  

*In order to attend the 5th session, the previous four must have been attended.

This class is now closed for registration.