Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rock and stone have played roles in religious tradition for millennia. Ancient Celts carved megaliths and stone circles. Native American Plains tribes come to Minnesota to quarry red pipestone for their sacred pipes. Jews gather stones to place on graves in memory. The Zuni and Inuit tribes still have strong traditions of hand carving fetishes for protection and healing. In the Gospel of Luke, when the Pharisees tell his disciples to be silent, Jesus replies, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry aloud!”
Come explore hands-on stone carving and spiritual traditions from world religions, and how these traditions ground us in memory, home, and worship. We will open ourselves to this most ancient of elements with prayer, learning, meditation and reflection. What is it that grounds us? Why is someone we consider trustworthy a “rock”? Why are we drawn to stone ruins? We’ll discover why, around the world, stone is an essential element in matters of the spirit.
Participants will go home with an animal figure that they have carved and finished! Carving tools and stones will be provided along with teaching and encouragement. No experience necessary, just a willingness to get dusty and have fun doing so!
Robin Keck has 20 years of experience in stone carving. She has led carving classes at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico as well as impromptu ones in her studio. She is a picture framer and singer, holding a deep respect for carving traditions, including Inuit and Southwest.
Diane Gardner is a spiritual director, teacher and seeker. She holds a master 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 7 years and is a Commissioned Minister for Spiritual Direction in the United Church of Christ.