Gardening In the Dark: Living & Growing In Uncertain Times
During this time of COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, Carrie Newcomer will lead an online day retreat on the experience of living with uncertainty, finding hope and wisdom in our individual and community history and stories, and how these troubled times might be a moment for a new opening and transformation. Participants will explore: the difference between loneliness and life-giving solitude; honoring the very human feelings that arise in times of stress or uncertainty (such as a new awareness of vulnerability); and what holes in our society and personal lives that have become apparent. Together we will share how we are finding joy in the power of the small moment and what we are all discovering in these troubled times. In this retreat, we will explore a new creative envisioning of connection and community and how we can still be of valuable services, powerfully using our gifts within a social distancing context of “Three Feet or So.”
This is a virtual retreat. Please be sure to include your email address within the registration. Prior to the retreat, a Zoom link will be sent to registered participants. Guided by Carrie Newcomer. The number of participants is limited, so please register soon!
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.