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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Meditation and the Spirit of Creativity
Anna Douglas, Nina Wise (guest artist), Stewart Cubley (painter), Anne Cushman (writer)
Monday, September 10, 3:00pm - Sunday, September 16, 11:30am
upper Retreat Hall
$1835 - $835 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 390R18.
Will open for registration on 5/9/2018

Prior silent retreat experience is recommended, but not mandatory.

This is a silent retreat for painters, performers, writers; or anyone wanting to deepen their contact with the creative spirit. You do not have to have previous experience in these disciplines - just the passion to explore!

The focus of the retreat is on the dynamic principles of spiritual and creative unfolding: how meditation supports the creative process and how the creative process enlivens spiritual awakening. The focus is very much on process rather than the pressure to produce a result, artistic or spiritual. Alternating between stillness and creative activity provides fertile ground for the flowering of one's unique expression.

In addition to the usual schedule of sitting and walking meditation, we will offer three tracks of creative pursuit: one for improvisational performance with Nina Wise, one for writers with Anne Cushman, and one for painters with master teacher, Barbara Kaufman. There will be two and a half hours of studio time in the morning and two hours in the evening. Meditation instructions, daily movement sessions with Nina, dharma talks, and optional practice meetings with teachers will be offered.

There is a maximum capacity of 30 painters due to space allowances in the studio. You will be asked at registration to choose one of the two mediums: painting or improvisational performance/writing. There is no switching. You will remain in the same medium for the duration of the retreat. You will learn the same liberating principles in whichever medium you choose.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

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