Contemplative Writing: From Silence to Voice

October 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

fall retreat, writing, poetry

Out of contemplative silence emerges your deep authentic voice.  When the noise of the world is hushed and we enter silence together we learn to engage our true stories.  Supporting one another in silent meditation, then making space for the practice of writing together, we begin to write from the heart.

Contemplative practices, breathing, sitting and walking meditation, as well as small group sharing will be the foundation of this course.

The course is for anyone interested in deepening their journaling practice and/or their writing practice.  Contemplative writing is always more about contemplation and less about writing or producing a written product.  Writing becomes the vehicle through which we can attend to the inner work of silence. Guided by Debra Donnelly-Barton. Lunch is included.

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

Date: October 5
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $60
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Debra Donnelly-Barton

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