No writing experience needed; just prepare to be present and enjoy!
Capturing moments of deep feeling that make you feel alive and whole—moments that make you aware of holiness—is a way to relate to the Creative Spirit through the “now” of this moment, just as it is. A haiku—a short, evocative poem with roots in ancient Japanese poetic tradition—expresses the heart of a moment in a few brief lines. Using images and senses, a haiku brings feeling to life.
Join retreat leader Margaret D. McGee, M.A., on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Stillpoint at Beckside Spiritual Retreat Center in Bellingham, WA from 9:00am-3:00pm for a day of mindfulness, contemplation, and expression. Using simple guided exercises, this retreat introduces participants to a unique and creative spiritual practice. Participants will find inspiration in the day and place itself. Activities include a labyrinth walk facilitated by Myra Smith, labyrinth artist and owner of Laughing Flower Labyrinth & Landscape Company. No labyrinth walking or poetry writing experience is needed to have fun on this day!
“Writing haiku offers the chance to honor, hold, and fully experience a fleeting moment that takes you out of yourself, a moment that hints at the deeper unity that lies beneath the surface of things.” —Margaret D. McGee
Retreat Leader Margaret D. McGee is author of Haiku — The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines, and Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment; both boks are published by SkyLight Paths. She has presented on themes of creativity and mindfulness to audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest. Margaret is co-founder of Pilgrimage Port Townsend, offering walking retreats and other events for the spiritual traveler on the Olympic Peninsula. Her website, IntheCourtyard.com, hosts a forum of haiku that respond to the sacred writings of world religions.
“Thank you for your class and giving me a new ‘hobby.’ I’m neither a painter, musician, knitter, quilter, chef etc. But now I have a way to create anytime and anywhere. THANK YOU!” -Previous Haiku Workshop Attendee
- DATE: Saturday, November 12, 2011
- TIME: 9:00am-3:00pm
- LOCATION: Stillpoint At Beckside, 1625 Huntley Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
- COST: $50.00; Deposit of $25.00 requested to hold your space. Partial scholarships available. Make checks payable to: Stillpoint at Beckside and mail to Stillpoint, c/o 908 W. Indiana St., Bellingham 98225. Or email your payment securely using PayPal to email@example.com.
- WHAT TO BRING: Bag lunch; beverages provided. Boots and raincoats are recommended for those who wish to walk the grounds or the labyrinths.