We are thrilled to welcome new Guild Faculty Matthew Whitney! Matt was part of the artist cohort of Fuller Seminary’s Cascadia Residency at the Guild in 2017 and 2018. He teaches visual art at Seattle Pacific University and Northwest University.
As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longs after thee. – Psalm 42:1
Matt writes, “How can we as artists find deep quiet in which our souls can speak? What is possible for artists who are attuned to the Holy Spirit’s pressing and tugging on our hearts? How are we situating ourselves and our aesthetic practices in presence with the Ground of All Being? And how might we respond to this presence through the creation of our most authentic art, as a gift of service and healing to the world?”
This will be an intensive, yet rejuvenating and restful week of prayer, discernment, and engagement with the Divine Presence and with your own artistic practice. This week-long retreat will encourage contemplative creatives to explore the longings in our hearts, engage in listening for the Holy Spirit, and discern our most authentic artistic expressions. We will listen in silence, in dialog with one another, and through the embodied practice of walking. And we will discern in community the work we produce, why we produce it, and to what service the work is made. Tending the Soul of the Contemplative Artist is about weaving the thread that ties our everyday and aesthetic practices together in the Spirit.
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 18+
30-40 min: Daily Contemplative Practice
- Guided Meditation
- Praying the Psalms
- Lectio Divina
30 min: Spiritual direction among creatives – listening to each other in compassion and discernment
30 min: Daily reading and discussion of Christian mystics such as Thomas Kelly, Joyce Huggett, Thomas Merton, St Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross. Discovering ways in which we can integrate their witness and teachings into our own practices.
90 min: A daily art activity as spiritual practice, responding to the Spirit’s moving in our hearts
- engaging with drawing
- contemplative walking
Outside class time: Studio time to work on our artistic projects. Journaling – keeping a journal and writing. Daily walk meditations. Solitude and solo contemplation.
The ‘class time’ is more experiential, with no discernible projects to be finished. There is no expectation for any finished work to be produced. However it is assumed that artists will want to use the afternoon time for personal solitude, meditation, and studio process.
What should I bring to class?
Journal/sketchbook, camera (smartphone OK), walking shoes. If participants have personal studio projects they would like to work on, they should plan accordingly.
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $655-$1185
- Private Room – $1185
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $870
- Library Dorm: $735
- RV Hookup: $705
- Guild Tent $700
- Own Tent: $655
Commuter Cost: $410
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2019 Program: Opening. Learn more about the Summer Program.
July 28 – August 3, 2019
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Jul 28, 2019 until Aug 3 2019