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Sensing God Through Creativity

Using creative skills can be an adult way of playing as children play - a way of relaxing, being refreshed and renewed, learning about ourselves and finding out things we didn’t know, maybe even experiencing a new found freedom. In the business of life where time is often spent serving others it is all too easy to forget the childlike delight and wonder essential to appreciating the gift of the kingdom of God.

This course is about providing an opportunity to sense God’s presence through creative exploration. The focus is not on the end result but on the act of creating and being with the process - rather like doodling on a scrap of paper or watching a feather float to the ground. By taking time to reflect on such experiences we can become much more aware of our feelings, our desires and our direction in life. And the result? Those who have taken part in previous years have been amazed at how much God revealed Himself in the process – and also at how much they learnt about themselves simply by ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’…

There will be a wide range of both familiar and unfamiliar art materials to choose from throughout the week - from paper and fabrics to clay and sand, from painting and gluing to constructing and deconstructing. Each day will offer time to ‘play’, time to reflect and time to share with others, alongside times of shared worship and prayer.

This workshop/retreat will be led by Anna Garvie. Anna is an Anglican Priest working as a Chaplain to the Borders in NHS Scotland. She is also a spiritual director with a special interest in art therapy and will be available to give one-to-one accompaniment if required.

Led by: Anna Garvie

Please arrive by 6pm on Monday. Retreat/Course ends with lunch on Friday

 Using creative skills can be an adult way of playing as children play - a way of relaxing, being refreshed and renewed, learning about ourselves and finding out things we didn’t know, maybe even experiencing a new found freedom. In the business of life where time is often spent serving others it is all too easy to forget the childlike delight and wonder essential to appreciating the gift of the kingdom of God.

This course is about providing an opportunity to sense God’s presence through creative exploration. The focus is not on the end result but on the act of creating and being with the process - rather like doodling on a scrap of paper or watching a feather float to the ground. By taking time to reflect on such experiences we can become much more aware of our feelings, our desires and our direction in life. And the result? Those who have taken part in previous years have been amazed at how much God revealed Himself in the process – and also at how much they learnt about themselves simply by ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’…

There will be a wide range of both familiar and unfamiliar art materials to choose from throughout the week - from paper and fabrics to clay and sand, from painting and gluing to constructing and deconstructing. Each day will offer time to ‘play’, time to reflect and time to share with others, alongside times of shared worship and prayer.

This workshop/retreat will be led by Anna Garvie. Anna  is an Anglican Priest working as a Chaplain to the Borders in NHS Scotland. She is also a spiritual director with a special interest in art therapy and will be available to give one-to-one accompaniment if required.

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.