Praying With Imagination: Igniting an Artful Response

 Photo by past participant R. Washington

Praying with Imagination


July 21-26, 2013

Saint John's Abbey Guesthouse
Collegeville, Minnesota


Fee:  $600,  includes lodging & meals ($400 for those in active ministry)

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This retreat invites pastoral leaders and catechists to pray with the Illuminated Word of The Saint John's Bible and to extend that prayer through the arts of bookmaking, such as bookmaking, calligraphy, painting, and storytelling. The retreat's morning sessions empower participants to practice the Seeing the Word process, delve deeper into learning the rhythm of visio divina and facilitate the practice with others. The afternoon will invite participants to ground their own spirituality through developing their artistic imagination. 
It's a beautiful retreat experience. Mornings begin with the prayer practice of visio divina, followed by talks on Scripture, prayer, and facilitating. After lunch, participants work directly with a master artist to learn new techniques and spiritual art practices, with a special emphasis on the arts of bookmaking (calligraphy, pastels, binding, etc.).

Retreat runs from noon on Sunday, July 21, through lunch on Friday, July 26. Cost of $600 includes lodging, meals, supplies, and program fee. A $200 discount is available for those in active ministry, made available through a Lilly Foundation grant. 
Barbara SuttonBarbara Sutton, D.Min., Associate Dean for Formation and Outreach for the Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota.



Anne Kaese, Calligrapher and Watercolor Artist 



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