Beautiful Things


One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
...to behold the beauty of the Lord.

Psalm 27:4

Beautiful Things: A Creative Retreat

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Come spend a day exploring how God creates beautiful things and how we can, too. This retreat is intended for adults of all experience levels to embrace how creativity intersects with faith and spirituality through worshiping together and workshops exploring a diversity of creative expressions.

 

Schedule:

9:00-9:30 Registration & coffee

9:30-10:10 Welcome & Opening Worship

10:15-11:30 Workshop #1

11:30-1:15 Lunch & Community Art

1:15-2:30 Workshop #2

2:45-4:00 Workshop #3

4:10-4:45 Community: Reflection & closing

5:00 POP worship

 

Registration Fee:

$20 includes all materials needed for workshops and lunch

Register by January 15, 2018.  Space is limited.

Whether you are an artist or not…   you are invited.

Whether you call yourself creative or not…you are invited.

Whether you feel spiritual or not…   you are invited.

Spend a day trying something new. In worship. In fellowship.

This is not a time for perfection. Or even competence.

Come experience a community of women. A place of safety. A place to be encouraged. A place to be embraced.

Have fun. Play and share. Be authentic.

Workshop Options

Session #1 (10:15 -11:30 am)

*| ABSTRACT ACRYLIC PAINTING

We live in a perfectionists world, where we work to excel at the things that we know we’re good at, while we shy away from activities that cause us to struggle. Abstraction is defined as “freedom from representational qualities in art.” Abstract art removes the quality that, by traditional standards, makes art right or wrong, good or bad. In this session, we’ll use textured canvases, with pre-traced shapes and patterns to guide you. By removing the expectation of what the painting should look like, the process will encourage you to find peace in art instead of frustration.

*| BREAK THROUGH YOUR CREATIVE BLOCKS

Learn to unleash your creativity by using visual expressions, hands on activities, color exploration, words, visualization and more. This is a class designed to have fun, play and share as you get in touch with your creative self with no techniques or judgement.

*| CALLIGRAPHY

Calligraphy is an ancient form of written expression and continues today to enhance and beautify our daily lives. We will discover how you can share your calligraphy creatively with family and friends. Most importantly, as a new scribe, you will be given basic tools and direction as you begin practicing and creating your own Italic Calligraphy alphabet! A truly “Beautiful Thing” is at your fingertips!

*| CARD MAKING

Some of the most beautiful creations on God’s earth are butterflies. When used on greeting cards, they can convey beauty, happiness, and/or comfort. Using butterflies punched out of card stock and dies, participants will make at least two cards, including “Thinking of You”, birthday, and/or sympathy. Cards can be based on cards already designed or using your own creativity.

*| KNIT TOGETHER

We were knit together in our mother’s womb.  We are knit together in worship…in ministry…in prayer…in community.  As we contemplate these images of knitting, we will learn the basics of how to knit yarn into beautiful results.

*| FLOWER ARRANGING

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. – Henry Ward Beecher.  Flower arranging is flower arranging, right? Well, yes and no. This course will teach how to properly cut and condition flowers for maximum life span and will be arranged in vases and oasis, both geared for home situations. We will consider the differences in arrangements for your dining room table and for worship. How do we make arrangements that speak to the liturgical season and reflect what nature looks like when we glance out our window? What could you gather from your yard to remind you of creation’s beauty, in this time, at this place? Participants are asked to bring their own vase, no larger than 6 x 6.

*| MEMOIR WRITING

Leave with your notebook and your head full of ideas and new techniques for memoir writing, as well as a draft of your mini-memoir well on its way to completion. While we will not complete a polished piece of writing, everyone will begin work on a mini-memoir about a special moment when you felt God touched your life. We will be putting pens to paper, following a series of steps to get you remembering and recounting those special times, so often unlooked for, when God made an appearance in your life.

*| SOUL COLLAGE

SoulCollage® is a fun way to access your intuitive wisdom, hear the voice of your soul, and explore parts of your Self. By selecting images that speak to you, you can create small collages that form a visual journal. We will use this medium to create visual representations of our connection to God and how His beauty touches our lives and begin to explore the depth of these art pieces. You will leave with at least one, maybe more deeply personal collages.

Session #2 (1:30-2:45 pm)

*| CARD MAKING

Some of the most beautiful creations on God’s earth are butterflies. When used on greeting cards, they can convey beauty, happiness, and/or comfort. Using butterflies punched out of card stock and dies, participants will make at least two cards, including “Thinking of You”, birthday, and/or sympathy. Cards can be based on cards already designed or using your own creativity.

*| EVERY BEAT IS A PRAYER

Can you feel your heartbeat? Then you have rhythm to share. Learn the basics of hand drumming and find the joys and relaxation of a community of sound. There are emotional, medical and spiritual benefits to drumming. Plus, you absolutely cannot fail! No prior experience needed, drums and sound-makers and training are provided. Come back to the non-performance enjoyment of feeling music in your body and sharing this with other drummers. Participants can bring their own drums or other small percussion instruments.

*| EXPRESSIONS IN INK

Creation is God’s handiwork, with amazing things created in just seven days. As we gaze upon the beauty of the Lord (Psalm 27:4), we will explore designing from our imagination with pen and inks.

*| JEWELRY MAKING

Put a plethora of beads in front of women and you’ll get creations as beautiful and unique as the women. We will learn the basics of beaded jewelry making in a relaxed atmosphere perfect for fellowship and sharing. Make a bracelet and earrings as a remembrance of this special day or as a gift to a loved one.

*| MAKING MOMOS AND FRIENDS

Join with several natives of Bhutan as they share how to make a Bhutanese dumpling called a momo. Through creating this delicacy together, we hope to open ourselves to relationships and the love shared through food.

*| MEMOIR WRITING

Leave with your notebook and your head full of ideas and new techniques for memoir writing, as well as a draft of your mini-memoir well on its way to completion. While we will not complete a polished piece of writing, everyone will begin work on a mini-memoir about a special moment when you felt God touched your life. We will be putting pens to paper, following a series of steps to get you remembering and recounting those special times, so often unlooked for, when God made an appearance in your life.

*| SOUL COLLAGE

SoulCollage® is a fun way to access your intuitive wisdom, hear the voice of your soul, and explore parts of your Self. By selecting images that speak to you, you can create small collages that form a visual journal. We will use this medium to create visual representations of our connection to God and how His beauty touches our lives and begin to explore the depth of these art pieces. You will leave with at least one, maybe more deeply personal collages.

Session #3 (2:50-4:05 pm)

*| ABSTRACT ACRYLIC PAINTING

We live in a perfectionists world, where we work to excel at the things that we know we’re good at, while we shy away from activities that cause us to struggle. Abstraction is defined as “freedom from representational qualities in art.” Abstract art removes the quality that, by traditional standards, makes art right or wrong, good or bad. In this session, we’ll use textured canvases, with pre-traced shapes and patterns to guide you. By removing the expectation of what the painting should look like, the process will encourage you to find peace in art instead of frustration.

*| FLOWER ARRANGING

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. – Henry Ward Beecher.  Flower arranging is flower arranging, right? Well, yes and no. This course will teach how to properly cut and condition flowers for maximum life span and will be arranged in vases and oasis, both geared for home situations. We will consider the differences in arrangements for your dining room table and for worship. How do we make arrangements that speak to the liturgical season and reflect what nature looks like when we glance out our window? What could you gather from your yard to remind you of creation’s beauty, in this time, at this place? Participants are asked to bring their own vase, no larger than 6 x 6.

*| JEWELRY MAKING

Put a plethora of beads in front of women and you’ll get creations as beautiful and unique as the women. We will learn the basics of beaded jewelry making in a relaxed atmosphere perfect for fellowship and sharing. Make a bracelet and earrings as a remembrance of this special day or as a gift to a loved one.

*| TEXTILES

Weave our varied gifts together; knit our lives as they are spun; on your loom of time enroll us till our thread of life is run.  O great weaver of our fabric, bind church and world in one; dye our texture with your radiance, light our colors with your sun. (William Witla, ELW 710)  Consider how God joins us together into one people as we bring varied fabrics together into several projects, including designing and assembling quilts and creating a prayer pocket.  No sewing experience is needed, just a joy in textures and colors.

*| WORSHIP & PRAISE IN MOTION

Let them praise His name with dancing! (Psalm 143:3)  We will praise God with dancing and stay healthy at the same time through a Zumba Fitness class to Christian music. These worship and praise songs are not your traditional hymns; they are set to salsas, merengue, cumbias, swing, and even hip hop!  We will explore the lyrics to each song, learn some of the key dance moves and then jump in! Dress in comfortable clothes with athletic shoes and bring a water bottle. This is for all ages, but check with your doctor first before you try any new exercise routine.

*| YOGA

This session is for both the new and the more experienced Yogi! Let this unique discipline bless you with its ancient traditions as you balance your mind, body and spirit that God has gifted you. You will experience yoga tools that will enhance your physical well being, your mental health and fortify your emotional well being with spirit filled meditation as we share together yoga asanas and vinyasas. When all aspects of our lives and all our senses work in union and are balanced we can experience and make the best decisions and beautiful choices that God intends for us! From the Divine in me to the Divine in you! Namaste!

Participant should bring a yoga mat and blocks and straps if they own them or use them. Additionally, they may bring a light blanket to cover with during the meditation. A few extra for those that may not have access to blocks or straps will be available. Each participant should wear comfortable clothing, yoga pants and tops, loose pants and T-shirts would also work. No jeans or restrictive clothing.