To Develop Wings

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9:00am-3:00pm

What does it take to move from a creeping, crawling state to a mode of resplendent soaring? Have you been caught in habit patterns that never seem to change no matter what you do? Are there wishes your heart has harbored that go unfulfilled? Is there a purpose you sense you are here to live out but you’re not sure what it is or how to pursue it? Are you ready to surrender to powers beyond yourself, their greater wisdom and strength?

At this retreat we will create together a kind of cocoon or alchemical vessel in which we can allow the forces of transformation to work on us. Each participant will be given a particular poem by a contemporary woman poet (for example: Sharon Olds, Carol Frost, Linda Pastan, Mary Rose O’Reilly) paired with an image from art or photography to interact with around the question of change in her own life at the moment. We will engage in pantomime to see if we can bring our bodies into a new stance toward the courses we would like our lives to take. Using tempera paints, we’ll do some printmaking to give ourselves a kind of self-Rohrschauk test, to become of aware of unconscious energies within us that might be hindering or helping our growth. We will share with each other for mutual encouragement stories from our own lives of transformations we’ve experienced.

Participants should bring a journal to record perceptions as they move through these processes. There will also be time for silence and listening to selected music. All to help discover what new being or way of being might be developing within us and how we might best assist in its emergence.


Susan Deborah (Sam) King
is a poet, teacher, and leader of groups on creativity and spirituality. She has written four volumes of poetry. She lives in Minneapolis and on an island off the coast of Maine.



WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9:00am-3:00pm

COST: $45 (includes lunch, snacks, and refreshments)