What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance. -Jane Austen
Summer has definitely arrived here in the eastern Cascades: the sunshine is gold and the days are hot, encouraging guests and staff alike to visit the river mid-day or sit beneath the apple trees and soak their feet in the wading pool. The atmosphere is ripe with creativity and conversation, and the evenings come upon us slow and warm as we gather for vespers and remember the work of our hands and hearts. It's a season of beautiful inelegance and we have enjoyed every minute of it.
But, as all seasons do, this one is quickly coming to an end. Below are some of the summer's remaining events as well as retreats and workshops we have planned for the fall. We hope to see you soon!
Saturday, August 15 (1:00 pm)
Join us for an end-of-the-summer luncheon as we celebrate the completion of the Centrum remodel and installation of the double stained-glass doors created by late Guild faculty member and friend, Joe Hester. The luncheon is free, but we do ask that you RSVP so that we be sure to prepare enough food for everyone.
August 31-September 2
Our new Arts Program Coordinator, Sarah Jane Gray, will be representing the Guild in Corvalis, OR, this Labor Day Weekend at the Wild Goose West festival, which focuses on the intersection of justice, spirituality and art.
Join us for this weekend retreat as we explore the current rift in today's church between older and younger generations in the church. We will explore the cultural and social trends that have brought us to where we are, examine the general characteristics of each generation represented in today's 21st century church, and engage in open dialogue about what churches can begin doing to cultivate generative congregations and communities. Click HERE for more information or to register.
This workshop will focus on the techniques and theories of Orthodox iconography using traditional methods and materials. Students will learn how to mix, make and apply egg tempera as wlel as learn some of the meditative practices that accompany this deep and spiritual tradition. We will also explore theories and concepts behind the images and students will leave with a completed icon. Click HERE for more information or to register for this rarely offered workshop!
Join us and guest author/poet Luci Shaw as she speaks to us about the need to pay attention, to notice the details of the radiant world around us in order to see the Creator's fingerprints and translate them into our own imaginative lives. This one-day event is great for locals to attend. Out-of-town guests can stay the evening before and/or after, as well as sign up for meals. Click HERE for a full schedule and meal/lodging options.
We have several other great retreats scheduled for the fall that you can participate in, including:
Fall Work Weekend (Oct 26-28)
Bear, Bread & Coffee (Nov 2-4)
And, as always, we have weekends and portions of the calendar available to host group retreats as well as personal/solitary retreats and sabbaticals. Simply contact us in the office if you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot on our calendar.
We hope you can make time to join us here at the Guild in the coming months!