Resting While Doing and Resting While “Just Being”group oct2017

At the Art, Vocabulary for the Soul Retreat last weekend, we contemplated “Resting in Jesus” and responded with paintings, poetry, song writing and just being in community together. It was so beautiful! This group of eleven was great and we felt so blessed to have spent the weekend together.

We were also honored to have Rev. Larry Lindoff and his wife Colleen join us as special guests this time. Larry shared with us on Saturday his own journey of understanding “Resting in Jesus.” He reflected on the Mary and Martha story (Luke 10:38-42) ... Martha gets a lot of flak. Martha was distracted.

Walking the Trail at King's Fold Retreat CentreWhat if it wasn’t the doing that was the problem, but how she was “worried and distracted” as she was doing it. If she slowed down and was able to be present to Jesus’ teaching as she worked would it have been the same? What if we can restfully do our work, being present to the situation we are in; not going at the frantic, hectic pace our world seems to thrive on?

I appreciated that thought. I have been listening to Russ Hudson, a teacher of the Enneagram. He talks a lot about being present, and slowing down enough to feel present as we are “doing.”

But sometimes we do need to “just be,” like Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus.

“When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for listening.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Several years ago, I took a personal retreat at King’s Fold. It had been a busy time and I was feeling exhausted. I found that all I could do was sit on the benches and look at the view. It was the first time I really understood what Madeleine L’Engle described as “being time.” No agenda, no thoughts, no books, no “should’s, or “have to”s, just being, just “here I am, resting.” I found that all I could do was just sit there and be quiet with God. I was too exhausted in my spirit to do anything else. It was an anomaly.

As we listened to the scriptures last weekend particularly the one about not worrying because God will provide as he does for the birds of the air and lilies of the field (Matt 6:25-34), I heard from God to “Just Be.” So, when we sent people out to listen, I went out on a bench and sat in the sunshine to just rest and sit in God’s presence and napped in the sunshine until lunchtime. It gave me the energy to be present to each of the people I was teaching and sharing with in the long afternoon session. 

Later, as I was cleaning up, a simple melody came with simple praise words. I believe it came out of my content and joyful sense of being at rest that I was experiencing during the retreat. The song has been continuing to play in my mind as I work this week. samandjulie

It is nice to feel at rest and not frantic while doing or being.

 

 



 

 

 

Art Vocabulary for the Soul Retreat

Connecting with God Through the Arts

Two unique retreats June and October in 2016

Time : Friday, 6:30 pm to  Sunday, 3 pm

 

Do you have a creative inclination? Are you thirsty for God? Do you want to learn how to connect with God creatively? Do you think: "How can I use my creativity to connect with God?" How do you listen to God, hear his voice? Are you looking for new ways to connect and listen to God?

This retreat is for artists, would be artists, and for those who are curious about art and faith.  Students will be encouraged to create in the art of their choice -- painting, writing, photography, dance, etc. Instruction for watercolor and drawing will be provided for those who desire it. Supplies are availbale for a nominal fee. Coaching for the other painting mediums and writing will also be available. There will be solitude and group time in the schedule. King's Fold is a beautiful location in the foothills along Ghost River.

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Retreat Presenters:

Artist Julie Drew and Sam Drew.

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June 25-27, 2016  

location: King'sfold Retreat and Renwal Center

Cost:

$375  by April 30, 2016
$400 after April30, 2016

$65 extra for a single room

Refund Policy: Refunds of all payments except a $50 deposit available until June 1, 2016.
No refunds after June 1, 2016.

Cost covers accomodation in a beautiful location, 3 meals on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, and the program.

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pdfBrochure of the Art Vocabulary for the Soul Retreat

October 28-30, 2016 (Theme: Saturation)

location: King'sfold Retreat and Renwal Center

Cost:

$360  by July 30, 2016
$410 after  July 30, 2016

$65 extra for a single room

Refund Policy: Refunds of all payments except a $50 deposit available until Oct. 1, 2016.
No refunds after Oct. 1, 2016.

Cost covers accomodation in a beautiful location, 3 meals on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, and the program.

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Sam Drew

samSam is a spiritual director and Christian teacher. He has taught and led numerous one day retreats and week-long courses on topics of spiritual formation, including "Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography", "The Theology of Spiritual Formation," and the "Institute of Spiritual Formation" through the Urban Sanctuary in Edmonton. He also preaches regularly as part of the Teaching Team at Calvary Baptist Church in Edmonton. Sam has a Master of Divinity and Certificate of Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary in Chicago, as well as a Certificate of Spiritual Formation from the Urban Sanctuary.

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Studio Location: 6724 - 86 St, Edmonton


Morning Watercolor class, Wednesdays  count me in
8 week session $180 

Drop in for $25/lesson pay in cash on the day

9:30 am-11:30 am;  Oct 10 - Nov 29, 2018

 

City Arts Centre at Terwillegar Rec Centre: (register: call 311 or visit edmonton.ca/eReg)

Drawing and Painting with Mixed Media 1-4 pm, 8 Thursdys,Sept 27-Nov 15, 2018, $155  (register: call 311 or visit edmonton.ca/eReg course code #635333)

Sharpen your observation and drawing skills in this mixed media class using watercolor pencils, watercolor, pen and graphite. We will explore the process of sketching and capturing a mood, a place and an idea. These techniques will increase your overall paintings and give you tools to sketch and paint on the go, taking your creativity outside the studio!

 

Workshops at Artelier: 10032 81 Ave


Floral Watercolor Workshop bloomwhereplanted opt
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 10 am -4 pm, $80 ea Supply list provided upon registration. 

We will work on  two paintings during this one day workshop. The first will be an exercise in pouring watercolor and using creative techniques to loosly establish a field of wildflowers. This is an excercise to loosen up and play with what turns up, working with the unpredictability of watercolor. 

The second painting will be a more traditional approach of composition, and techniques to paint translucent petals and leaves. We will alternate between the two paintings, allowing one to dry while we work on the other.

 Registration call the Paintspot 780-432-0240

 


river of delightWatercolor Workshop: Painting the flow of water (Landscapes with Waterfalls)
Nov 24-25, 2018, 10 am -4 pm, $160 ea Supply list provided upon registration.

Painting water: how it flows and moves over rocks and tumbles to the river below. This intense two day workshop uses a lot of basic techniques to capture the movement of water. We will work on one main painting and several exercises for creating movement in water. The exercises can be turned into mini paintigs by adding the landscape around the river or waterfall. Bring your favorite waterfall pictures for reference photos. 

 

 

 

Art: Vocabulary for the Soul Workshop  Art Vocabulary For the Soul Retreat-student work
Sat, Dec 1, 10 am -4 pm, $80 ea $15 supply fee

Art has a way of allowing us to see what is on the inside of us, our thoughts and feelings, and even the things we keep hidden from ourselves. In this workshop, we will use different exercises to engage our inner self, by drawing on the artist within. We will begin by fingerpainting, letting our inner child come out to play.  The exercises will progress through the day utilizing different mediums that will be available to choose from: watercolor pencils, pastels and oil pastels.

Optional: pencil, color pencil, 9 x 12 sketchbook, eraser

Retreats 

The Enneagram in Love and Work Workshop 
A Personal Development Retreat

Oct 19-21, 2018  $165 
(Additional optional fees including accommodation)

Star of the North Retreat Centre, St Albert

enneagramshadow150wThe Enneagram is an incredible tool for helping us truly see ourselves.  It is a map that guides us into our hearts and souls, bringing to light the desires, motivations, and fears that drive our choices and actions.  Often we get stuck in these choices and actions, circling in repetitive life patterns without knowing why.

The Enneagram gives us a hand up toward true and deep self-transformation, improved relationships with others, and a more authentic relationship with God. 

 

Art: Vocabulary for the Soul Workshop
Nov 9, 4pm  - Nov 12, 2018,  2pm, 
Early Bird $265 shared room, until Oct 21, 2018; $300 after Oct 21

Accommodation Lodge, Covenant Bay Bible Camp on Poplar Bay of Pigeon Lake

Prayer GardenThis spiritual retreat is for those who want to connect with God. Whether you are an artist, writer, musician, or just curious to try something new, we are all able to connect with God creatively. Students will be encouraged to create in the art of their choice -- painting, writing, photography, dance, etc. Instruction for watercolor and drawing will be provided for those who desire it.

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