Contemplative Photography – ‘the practice of seeing with the eyes of the heart’
“With the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which God has called you.” ~Ephesians 1:18
We begin our day with a guided meditation using the visio divina form.* We then move to an instruction and practice time where we will learn to use visio divina as a way to slow down and to let images come to us. Moving out into the space around us we will begin to capture, or record, images that call to us. After lunch we will come together, upload our images, and reflect upon them as a group.
Participants may use any form of camera, including phone camera.
It will be easiest for our purposes on that day if the camera or phone can send photos in small files so that we can create a slide show for our afternoon reflections. This retreat will be held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly if you wish to take photos outdoors. The day will be guided by Debra Donnelly-Barton.
*- Visio divina (divine seeing) is a method of praying through images. It explores how God communicates with us through sight.
Debra Donnelly-Barton, MA. Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual Development is a seminary trained Spiritual Director with 25 years of experience. She has studied at Stillpoint, Sewanee, University of the South and General Theological Seminary in New York. Her Master’s in Theology is from the EI, 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. Her website is www.csdonline.org.
Debra has written for the journal Presence, and recorded guided meditations ‘Souls Illuminated by Light’ with a printed leader’s guide for Morehouse Publishing.