Contemplative Life through Photography and Writing

March 27 @ 3:00 pm - March 29 @ 1:00 pm

Visio Divina, photography

Exploring a Contemplative Life through Photography and Writing

 I went to the woods because I wished to live


~Henry Thoreau, Walden 

Living deliberately, with all senses firing, is another way of talking about living contemplatively. The practice of contemplation is a practice of attentiveness.  Modern life is a series of encounters with too much stimulation-so much in fact that some of us may have stopped paying attention entirely to the whispers of God.  We may need a time away in silence and practice to ‘come back to ourselves.’

Contemplative practices, such as quiet prayer, visio divina (divine seeing), and journaling from silence in a group setting will be the foundation of this time away.

We will use visio divina to inform our photography practice. Moving from image to silence to word, our writing will deepen our attentiveness to the Spirit moving within and all around us. Our time together will be focused on contemplation, listening to the voice of God; our expression of that listening will be our photographs and writing. Guided by Debra Donnelly-Barton.

Check-in will begin at 3pm and dinner will be served at 6pm. The retreat will begin at 7pm. It will conclude with lunch on Sunday.

Debra Donnelly-Barton, MA, is the Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual Development and is a seminary trained Spiritual Director with over 25 years of experience. She has studied at Stillpoint, Sewanee, University of the South and General Theological Seminary in New York. Her Master’s degree in Theology is from the Ecumenical Institute, St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Debra has led pilgrimages, workshops and retreats across the country, in many Episcopal dioceses, and for several Christian denominations. Debra has a private practice in Spiritual Direction, which informs all her ministries, emphasizing deep listening with others for whispers of the Spirit. Debra has written for the journal Presence, and recorded guided meditations Souls Illuminated by Light with a printed leader’s guide for Morehouse Publishing. Her website is

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Event Details

Start: March 27 @ 3:00 pm
End: March 29 @ 1:00 pm
Cost: $250
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Debra Donnelly-Barton

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