This retreat day focuses on an in-depth approach to becoming a more whole human being, one whose vision and way of life becomes ever more transparent and animated. This inner freedom leads to an expansion of compassion and to dwelling in fuller harmony with both self and the larger world.
Our bodies are us. Race, sex and gender, sexuality, and culture make each human individual, particular, different. Our bodies make us visible to some and invisible to others. Our bodies make us insiders and outsiders, citizens and immigrants, privileged and profiled, straight and queer. Beginning with our bodies, the Hedgerow Seminar aims to translate wounds into theological reflection and suffering into the compassionate practice of solidarity.
Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement.
Join a weekly conversation paying close attention to the women in Mark’s gospel. Each hour will feature one of the 11 women in Joan Mitchell’s Holy Women, Full of Grace: Praying the Stories of the Women in Mark’s Gospel. As we invite these women into our lives and prayer, we will also create a women’s litany.
Come immerse yourself in the energetic, colorful and contemporary art of He Qi, who blends Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages, adding his own spin, techniques and style.
Together we will seek to explore how men are hard wired for meaning, purpose and to experience the sacred in life. Included among the topics we will discuss are: the landscape of the masculine soul, strong masculine role models and lessons for men found in nature.
Join Marie Olofsdotter for a session of poetry and bookmaking for writers and artists at all levels, no previous experience required. Come and create a unique book arts piece, a hardcover accordion book that will hold a poem, your secret song. Through a playful approach to writing, participants will be guided in the creation of poetry straight from the heart, where the most potent love medicine resides.
Come explore the artistic vision of painter, author, illustrator, mask and puppet maker, and poet Marie Olofsdotter, whose playful, vibrant work always has a story to tell.
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.