Writing Mindfully: Exploring The Sacred Ordinary
Carrie Newcomer invites participants to explore the process of writing as a spiritual practice. This workshop focuses on developing a practice of presence, attention to the details, honoring the transcendent within our daily experiences and then moving our experiences to a creative expression. Those who are interested in creative engagement as a form of spiritual practice will enjoy Carrie’s use of music, writing exercises, small and large group conversation to create a safe, nurturing and exciting classroom experience. This workshop welcomes all, including those with previous writing experience and looking for a way to be more mindful in its use as vehicle for spiritual growth, as well as those with no previous creative arts experience, but are interested in exploring new ways to tell their own personal and spiritual story.
This option includes dinner, the concert by Carrie Newcomer on Friday evening (click here to read more about the concert) and private overnight lodging (check-in begins as early as 3pm). On Saturday, it includes breakfast, the writing workshop with Carrie Newcomer and ends with lunch at 1pm. You may depart after lunch at 2pm or enjoy the autumn day on our beautiful grounds. Lodging room check-out is by 11am. Space is limited for this concert/workshop combination!
About the Artist
Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a “soaring songstress” by Billboard and a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe. The Austin Statesman described her as having “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” and Rolling Stone once said, she “asks all the right questions.” Most simply put, the Dallas Morning News said, “she’s the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, ‘that is so true.’”
Recent appearances on PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and National Award Winning Krista Tippett’s On Being, have focused on her use of creative art-form as a spiritual/mindfulness practice, her work in social/ environmental justice, interfaith dialogue, progressive spirituality and as a champion for a new political conversation. She has toured with Alison Krauss Europe and the U.S. Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer’s song “I Should’ve Known Better” on their Grammy-winning album This Side. In the fall of 2009 and 2011, Newcomer was a cultural ambassador to India invited by the American Embassy of India. In October 2011, she released her interfaith collaborative benefit album Everything is Everywhere with world master of the Indian Sarod, Amjad Ali Khan. In June 2012, Carrie Newcomer traveled to Kenya, Africa performing in schools, hospitals, spiritual communities and AIDS hospitals. In 2013, Carrie visited organizations dedicated to non-violent conflict resolution through the arts and the empowerment of women in the Middle East. Huffington Post Religion Community listed her song “Holy as the Day is Spent” as one of the best spiritual songs of 2012. She was listed as one of the “50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT and Boston’s WBEZ listed her as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years.
Newcomer, a contemplative Quaker, cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries. In recent years, Newcomer has emerged as a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social and environmental justice. Carrie internationally facilitates workshops and presents keynotes on the topics of songwriting, spirituality & vocation in secular, college/educational and spiritual settings.
For more information about Carrie Newcomer, please visit her website by clicking here.