Write Your Spiritual Autobiography

A Spiritual Autobiography is a written account of the events, people and places that have influenced your relationship with God.  It tells the story of how you have come to hold your beliefs, and from it, you may identify patterns or motifs by which you can recognize the flow of your life.  The process of reflection and writing is itself a spiritual practice; many find that it’s a powerful time for encountering God, and adopt it as a lifelong tool for discernment.

In this retreat, I will provide suggestions for how to structure your work, and guiding questions to help prompt your memory.  We will also meditate on Scripture passages and artwork to help us make connections with our own paths.  You will have time alone for reflection and writing, opportunities for spiritual direction, and the option of sharing with other participants within the sacred space we have created.

Like the original disciples, we, too, have a story, or testament, of God’s presence and action in our lives.  Give yourself the gift of time to reflect deeply on your spiritual life, and put pen to paper to create an account of the fullness of your journey – the mountaintop experiences as well as the mundane, the struggles, the joys, the doubts, and the grace.

Date & Time: Fri., Sept. 11, at 5pm through Sun., Sept. 13, at 1pm

Presenter: Rachele Grieco

Fee: $275

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About the Presenter

Rachele Grieco, retreat facilitator and spiritual director, serves as a resource for adults who seek to explore and deepen their spiritual lives. She has been a lay leader in the Episcopal church for over 20 years, engaging small groups in Lectio Divina and Bible study, spiritual conversation and reflection. She also serves as a healing prayer minister, has lead workshops in prayer practices, and was commissioned to compose a healing circle liturgy.

Rachele holds degrees in English Literature and Christian Spirituality.  She resides in New York City with her husband, where they enjoy discovering diversity within the natural landscape as well as in the urban environment.

An Introduction to Meditative Art Journaling

Join us for an introduction to Meditative Art Journaling as a creative way to find out more of what we’re about. Using image and words allows time for introspection, self-discovery, and self-awareness. The process sparks creativity and pushes us past artistic perfection.

During this workshop, we’ll be introduced to various ways to start and keep an art journal along our personal journeys and in community with others. Then we’ll listen to meditative music, gather images tho collage, and write to what we’ve assembled on the page. sharing is optional.

Please bring a magazine,  *unlined notebook, scissors, glue stick, and a favorite pen to class. Additional art supplies will be available. No experience with art is needed, just the willingness to let creativity be your guide.

*See below for notebook best suited to purchase for workshop available through Amazon, at Michael’s, and most craft stores for under $10.

Canson XL Series Mix Media Paper Pad, Heavyweight, Fine Texture, Heavy Sizing for Wet and Dry Media, Side Wire Bound, 98 Pound, 7 x 10 Inch, 60 Sheets, # 100510926

In addition, please note Meditative Art Journaling at Mariandale will be offered as a 3-part series on Wednesdays, May 13, 20, and 27, from 1-3pm. In the series, we’ll focus and explore different themes each week.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11am to 3pm

Presenter: Karen Rippstein, CPT

Fee: $50

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About the Presenter: 

Karen Rippstein is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet, and creative writing teacher. she teaches writing programs at colleges, senior centers, spirituality centers, libraries, and inter-generational programs at area schools. An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan. Karen’s work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines.

Writing Tuesdays

Writing Tuesdays invite you to explore your creativity in response to prompts and examples of published works where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. This ongoing series, held Tuesday afternoons, encourages you to maintain a writer’s journal so you’ll always have material at hand. Bring a favorite pen and notebook to record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment. Sharing is optional. Bring lunch, if you wish.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, April 21, 28 and May 5, 2020 from 1-3pm

Presenter: Karen Rippstein

Fee: $30 per session

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About the Presenter:

Karen Rippstein is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet, and creative writing teacher. She teaches writing programs at colleges, senior centers, spirituality centers, libraries, and inter-generational programs at area schools. An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan. Karen’s work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines.

Writing Tuesdays

Writing Tuesdays invite you to explore your creativity in response to prompts and examples of published works where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. This ongoing series, held Tuesday afternoons, encourages you to maintain a writer’s journal so you’ll always have material at hand. Bring a favorite pen and notebook to record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment. Sharing is optional. Bring lunch, if you wish.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, April 21, 28 and May 5, 2020 from 1-3pm

Presenter: Karen Rippstein

Fee: $30 per session

REGISTER NOW

About the Presenter:

Karen Rippstein is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet, and creative writing teacher. She teaches writing programs at colleges, senior centers, spirituality centers, libraries, and inter-generational programs at area schools. An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan. Karen’s work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines.

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