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Upcoming retreat offers shared creative journey

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Artists gathered to experience a shared creative journey at the Spirit Center in Cottonwood.

Contributed photo Artists gathered to experience a shared creative journey at the Spirit Center in Cottonwood.

— St. Hildegard of Bingen wrote, “We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”

“Embracing the Artistic Call: A Cohort Program for Exploring the Mystery of the Creative Experience” at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, will bring together individuals at any level of artistic proficiency who have a desire to live a creative life with intention, connecting in deeper and more life-bringing ways to the source of life and all our gifts and inspirations. The retreat will be an adventure of discovering new gifts and new inspirations.

The journey begins with a week-long retreat, Feb. 5-9, 2018, to explore what it means to live a creative life with intention. The initial retreat will include sharing insights and experimenting with new ways of finding inspiration and commitment.

“It is a journey requiring the courage we get from community,” explained retreat co-facilitator Theresa Henson. The facilitation team also includes Heather Hopkins Berndt and Karla Neuman Smiley.

During a 12-week period, participants will be invited to respond to weekly invitations or prompts sent to their homes. They will be invited to try new art forms and engage in experiences that inspire new ways of seeing and creating. There will also be many opportunities to stay connected with other participants for encouragement and support.

Finally, the cohort meets again for a weekend retreat May 4-6, 2018, to reflect upon the experiences, share artistic discoveries, and make commitments to continue to live intentional creative lives.

“Embracing the Artistic Call” is limited to 20 participants. A donation of $780 will cover the retreats, food, lodging, and program costs. To learn more and register call 208-962-5065 or visit


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