Let the Stones Shout Out!
Friday, February 24, 1-8pm and
Saturday, February 25, 9am-4:30pm
Do you ever find yourself picking up stones? Stones will call you.
Rock and stone are mentioned in many sacred texts and have played roles in religious traditions for millennia. Join us as we experience hands-on stone carving and explore spiritual traditions from world religions in which stone is an essential element. How do these traditions ground us in memory, home, and worship? During times of struggle? The class is named from the Christian story in which the Pharisees tell Jesus’ disciples to be silent, and Jesus replies, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry aloud!”
We will open ourselves to this most ancient element with prayer, learning, meditation and reflection. What is it that grounds us? Why is someone we consider trustworthy described as a “rock”? Why are we drawn to stone ruins?
Participants will go home with an animal figure they have carved in class. Carving tools and stones will be provided along with instruction. No experience necessary, just a willingness to get dusty and have fun. And, some stones can be pre-shaped and you would do the refinining.
On February 24 and 25, we had a wonderful group of people carving stones at our proram "Let the Stones Shout Out." What an amazing experience of dust, tools, sandpaper, stones ... and Spirit moving among the stone carvers. Take a look at the pictures.
Robin Keck has 20 years of experience in stone carving. She has led carving classes at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico for six years, as well as impromptu ones in her studio. She is a picture framer and singer, holds a deep respect for carving traditions, including Inuit and Southwest.
Diane Gardner is a spiritual director, teacher and seeker. She holds a masters degree in theology from St. Catherine University and is a Consociate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She taught spiritual formation for Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality for seven years and is a Commissioned Minister for Spiritual Direction in the United Church of Christ.
WHEN: Friday, February 24, 1-8pm and Saturday, February 25, 9am-4:30pm
COST: $125, includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, program tools, and stones