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 a spring day on our beautiful grounds. Lodging room check-out is by 11am. Space is limited for this concert/workshop combination!
About the Artist
The soulful wisdom of singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, dubbed a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, offers a balm for this anxious and exhausted age of pandemic and political upheaval. Her new CD and companion book of poems, Until Now (Available Light, September 10, 2021) explores the process of unraveling and reweaving the threads of our lives, and the possibility of transformation after crisis. “We have all lived through a time of great unraveling,” Newcomer says. “Yet, with great disruption comes a possibility for change. We can’t just be healed; we must be transformed.” In her songs and poems, Newcomer tells the universal human story of loss, resiliency, spiritual connection, and hope with the grace, compassion, and humor that characterizes her work. She turns our eyes and ears to the growing edges of our lives, and to the liminal spaces—“betwixt and between” times—urging us to “notice what went unnoticed. And then redeeming those bits and pieces by making something new,” as she writes in the poem Liminality.
Her recordings have cut across secular and spiritual boundaries. Carrie has 17 nationally released albums on Available Light and Rounder Records, including The Point of Arrival, The Beautiful Not Yet, A Permeable Life, and Everything is Everywhere. Newcomer has also released two companion books of poetry and essays, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays and The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays, & Lyrics. Newcomer’s first theatrical production, Betty’s Diner: The Musical, was performed at a sold out run at Purdue University in 2015 and is now available to interested theaters, universities, and spiritual communities. She has attracted a devoted following with her warm voice, exquisite melodies, and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world. Rolling Stone wrote that she “asks all the right questions.” One of the definitive voices of the heartland and progressive spirituality, Carrie has the ability for sharp observation of the world. Newcomer has attracted a devoted following with her warm voice, exquisite melodies, and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world. Her songs are based in the ordinary, and infused with images from the natural world.
Carrie Newcomer has also had many artistic collaborations with notable authors such as Parker J. Palmer, Barbara Kingsolver, Jill Bolte Taylor, Philip Gulley, Scott Russell Sanders and Rabbi Sandy Sasso. To learn more about Newcomer, her music and writing, please visit www.CarrieNewcomer.com.
Click here to read a recent Forbes magazine interview about her latest release too.
*Taken with permission from www.carrienewcomer.com.
Doors will open at approximately 6:45pm for the concert on Friday. Seating is first come, first served.
For more information about Carrie Newcomer, please visit her website by clicking here.