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Poetry As Prayer

Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Friday, March 17, 2017 - Saturday, March 18, 2017
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center 16869 Taylor's Landing Road P. O. Box 369 SharpsburgMD  21782
Friday, March 17, 2017 - Saturday, March 18, 2017
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center 16869 Taylor's Landing Road P. O. Box 369 SharpsburgMD  21782

What's Included

At the tip of the poet’s pen, a sacred space unfolds, where writer and reader meet the God who seeks them both. It’s a great mystery, how words can conjure such wordless and loving communion, yet poets and mystics throughout the ages have said that it is so. Find out why during this conference of inspired exploration that includes attentive reading to a wide variety of poems, discussion with like-minded others, and guided writing exercises you can use to write your own poems or as a springboard to reflective journaling. Discover for yourself the many ways poetry and prayer share what poet Jane Hirschfield calls “a hunger for what can be known no other way.” Suitable for writers and non-writers alike. “Poetry as Prayer brought me to that deeper place where I was ‘me,’ but then with the group, we were ‘we’ and beyond, creating and praying together regardless of religious beliefs or the lack thereof.” (Workshop Participant) Facilitator: Elizabeth Ayres is an award-winning poet, author of four books and the founder of the Center for Creative Writing, which has been empowering aspiring writers to fulfill their creative dreams for 26 years. A charismatic public speaker and workshop leader, Elizabeth has taught at the New York Open Center, Ghost Ranch Conference Center and Bon Secours Retreat Center. She's also a Benedictine Oblate whose spiritual journey has occurred “at the tip of her pen” for a lifetime. A Complete bio can be accessed at: http://creativewritingcenter.com/about/elizabeth-ayres/ "Through a series of readings and through individual and collaborative writing exercises Poetry as Prayer created a sacred space that enabled a deeper sense of Presence. Moving and inspiring." (Workshop Participant) “The poet, when writing, is a priest; the poem is a temple; epiphanies and communion take place within it." (Poet Denise Levertov) Friday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm - dinner, snack and overnight lodging & Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm breakfast and lunch

About This Organizer

Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center is a beautiful 220-acre retreat setting of rolling, wooded land along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Potomac River, just three miles from Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, MD and about 1.5 hours from Washington, DC. Its mission is as an outdoor ministry, education, conference, and retreat center, provides opportunities for spiritual renewal and growth, stewardship of God’s creation, and the experience of community, for all ages. It is fulfilled through year-round programing featuring summer camps for children and youth, programmed as well as unstructured retreats for individuals, religious and educational groups, non-profit and business organizations as well as governmental entities and other outdoor experiences as advantaged by its location to so many area attractions and historic sites

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Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center 16869 Taylor's Landing Road P. O. Box 369 SharpsburgMD  21782
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