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Guided Retreat - Material Prayer: Prayer in Paint and Paper

Guided Retreat - Material Prayer: Prayer in Paint and Paper

Friday, March 2–Sunday, March 4, 2018

Annie Lamott’s book, Help, Thanks, Wow: the Three Essential Prayers, is the backbone of this retreat. Most of our prayers fall into these three categories.

How can we dig deeper into these areas of our own supplication, gratitude and awe and express them in a material form with expressive art materials? What words and images unique to our own lives and prayers will arise for visual realization.

We will explore visual prayer, incorporating text and image, discovering a personal language to enrich our prayer lives. Working with expressive materials can clarify our inner directions and lead to new insights and prayer journeys. No art experience is necessary.

It would be helpful to come with texts and images you have collected as meaningful over a few months as starting points.

Led by Janet Read, a practicing visual artist, musician and sometime poet. She studied philosophy, English and medieval studies at the University of Toronto. She has a degree in Education and an MA in aesthetic philosophy from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.

More information and images of her work can be found at www.janet-read.com.

  • Arrivals and registration 2–4 pm Friday; ends 1:30 pm Sunday
  • Fee $240 + $10 for supplies. deposit $50
  • There is a limit on registration for this retreat of 20 participants
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  • PLEASE BE ADVISED! Registration has reached maximum participation for this retreat - we are keeping a waiting list if you still wish to apply. Registration deadline: February 23, 2018.

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  • All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).
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