“Altars can be very powerful…We acknowledge an incarnate God who speaks through symbols and the things of our everyday lives…” -The Artist’s Rule, Christine Valters Paintner An altar can be a centering, focal point for group or personal prayer or creativity. The altar placed in the center of our creative space during the Sprigs of… Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: The “Beautiful Ones” Group Card
Carry On! The inspiration for my 2020 Word(s) of the Year came from the Sprigs of Rosemary Advent retreat that I recently led. The retreat was centered around the theme of sanctuary, inspired by the lyrics of Sanctuary written by Carrie Newcomer. There were several questions participants were asked to consider as a guide for them… Continue reading 2020 Words of the Year—Carry On!
This session closes our Advent retreat, Sprigs of Rosemary—a retreat that can be adapted to any schedule and, certainly, can be used any time of the year. This final post recognizes that YOU are a temple of God, a home for God in the world, the ultimate sanctuary for the Divine. Advent leads us from… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Closing Session)
Welcome to Session 5—Using Your Cards Creatively Creating SoulCollage® cards has been the focus of the Sprigs of Rosemary retreat sessions so far, but there are many ways to go deeper with creating, journaling, praying with or reading your cards. In the ancient prayerful practice of Lectio or Visio Divina, Latin for “divine seeing”, we… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 5)
Welcome to Session 4—Friendship as Sanctuary. It is so important to cultivate sacred friendships, to make space for people to experience giving and receiving the unconditional love that God extends to us. Soul friends, or anam caras, can bring us joy, humor, understanding, compassionate listening, comfort, or consolation—and the intuition to know what we need… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 4)
Welcome to Session 3—Silence as Sanctuary There are many ways to find refuge in our daily lives if we choose to remember. Too often, we can get sucked into the vortex of expectations and things to do accompanied by a flurry of activities and thoughts, that we forget to ask for help when we need… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 3)
In Session 1, we contemplated the lyrics of Sanctuary, written by Carrie Newcomer, and explored the power of images to tap into our intuition through collage. Expressing one’s creativity allows time and space for new ideas to bubble up, for questions to surface, and for meaning to take hold. “Images attract the attention of the… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary—A SoulFully You Online Advent Retreat (Session 2)