Creativity is, fundamentally, a spiritual process – that
awkward and incomplete practice of our connection to each other,
to life, to the great mystery of the divine. Through our creations
we explore who we are, expand our consciousness, and discover
the inner landscape of our being. Every photograph, painting,
poem, song, or garden tells this story. Our creations also exist
in their own right and examining them helps us to understand
why we choose particular subject matter and decide how to approach
it. Like our dreams, they are symbols of our personal journey.
In this workshop explore fundamental aspects of your consciousness
through creating art, working with dreams, participating in
group and private discussions, and meditating. Explore what
it is to be a spiritual, creative being having a physical experience.
This is not an instructional workshop in visual design or any
specific artistic medium, although your presenters may use particular
artistic media for illustration. There will be daily presentations
by David, Freeman, or special guests, both group and one-on-one
conversations, films, meditation, and free time. Although most
daily schedules are very full, you will follow your own program.
Everything is optional.
We encourage, but do not expect, each participant to create
an art work – a poem, a story or essay, a song, a dance,
a painting, a series of photographs, etc. – for presentation
to the group on the last day of the workshop.
We will be providing each person who registers with a short
list of books you may want to read in advance.
DAVID MAGINLEY, M.Div. is a chaplain with the cancer and palliative
care program at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax,
Nova Scotia and author of BEYOND SURVIVING: Cancer and Your
Spiritual Journey. He is also a four-time cancer survivor.
This led him to explore meditation, illness and transformation,
and the nature of consciousness. David has lectured throughout
Canada, conducting workshops with health-care staff and the
public on spirituality, cancer, grief, and aspects of emergent
and integrative spirituality. He is a Lutheran minister and
member of the International Association for Near Death Studies,
contributing to research on patient experiences at end-of-life.
David holds a BA in philosophy and an M Div. from the University
of Saskatchewan. He is also passionate about photography and
brings a wealth of life experience to his unique perspective
of making pictures.
FREEMAN PATTERSON, C.M., O.N.B., M.Div. of Shamper’s
Bluff, New Brunswick, has made photographs for more than 60
years, taught visual design for more than 50 in Canada and many
other countries, and authored 15 books. Freeman’s primary
source of awe and wonder is Creation; he is equally at home
in a Canadian forest or in the vast sand dunes of Namibia and
equally at ease investigating the meanings of the symbols in
his dreams or in his art. Freeman believes that the ability
of human beings to be creative depends fundamentally on the
health and well-being of the few kilometres of air, water, and
soil that surround our planet like the skin of an apple, that
they are the physical and spiritual bases of our lives, the
source of materials and tools that enable us to express our
responses to questions and feelings about ultimate things. Creation
and creativity are inextricably linked.
EMILY KIERSTEAD is a United Church Minister, having served
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Earlier, when her children were
young, she taught elementary school music. Emily has been Music
Leader at national conferences, and has published two music
books: Songs of the Cosmic Spirit and More Songs. She has designed
and led countless women’s retreats. Since 1995 she has
been passionate about “The Universe Story,” which
belongs to and unites all of humanity. She and her soul partner
Don (Murray) have presented programs and workshops on this emerging
theme. Emily’s love for the violin led her to begin lessons
at age 70, and she and Don make music by their breathtaking
lake near Brookfield, Nova Scotia.
DONALD MURRAY, M.Div., M.Th. is a United Church of Canada minister,
educator, workshop facilitator, and author, enjoying life with
his partner Emily Kierstead by Shortt’s Lake, near Truro,
Nova Scotia. He is now retired, having served pastorates in
the Maritimes for 32 years and as program director and then
executive director of Tatamagouche Education and Spirituality
Centre for eight years. Having awakened to “the-death-of-God”
in the early 1960's, Don has been an avid searcher. He has authored
four books: For Unbelieving Christians (1987), Celebrating
Eve (2001), The Death and Resurrection of God: From Christianity
to the New Story (2014), and The Bible Beyond Religion:
Witness to the Evolution of Consciousness, not yet published.
Since 2000 he has written a column on religion for the Truro
Daily News. With Emily he shares a passion for the emerging
“Universe Story,” and they lead programs and workshops
on that theme.
(There may be an additional special guest.)
This workshop will be hosted by the St.
Martins Country Inn in the village of St. Martins on the
Bay of Fundy coast, east of Saint John and the Saint John airport
and right at the beginning of the Fundy Trail.
St. Martins is approximately 38 kilometres east of the Saint
John (not St. John), New Brunswick airport (YSJ). Participants
are responsible for their own transportation to and from the
workshop. You may wish to use a readily available taxi at the
airport for the 25-minute drive.
Fee for the six-day/seven-night course includes meals and accommodation
(Canadian funds). $2595 per person + HST (15%). If your dietary
restrictions require the purchase of specialty items, an additional
fee may be charged.
should arrive in time for introductions at 5:30 pm on Sunday,
followed by dinner, and depart the following Sunday morning.
Guests: Partners or friends of participants
do not pay the workshop fee, and should not expect to attend
regular presentations. The fee for meals and accommodations
for the week for partners or friends will be $500. + HST (15%).
TO REGISTER FOR A 2018 INSCAPE WORKSHOP
(Registrations are now open)
Step 1: Send your completed
application form by e-mail, phone or fax. We require
a $400 deposit (Canadian funds) payable by VISA or MasterCard
at this time but we will not debit your credit card until the
first week of January 2018. Workshop fees can also be paid by
e-mail money transfer. Please indicate on your application form
if you will be paying by e-mail money transfer the first week
After registering if you haven’t already sent a signed
copy, we will need a signed application form by e-mail, fax
or send to:
Shamper’s Cove Limited
3487 Route 845
Long Reach, NB, Canada E5S 1X4
Phone 506-763-2189 Fax 506-763-2035
Step 2: The balance of your workshop fees
must be paid six weeks before your workshop begins to ensure
your place is held.
Cancellations: On cancellations up to six
weeks prior to the beginning date of the workshop, we will refund
your deposit less 50% for expenses. We will not refund on cancellations
received six weeks or less prior to the beginning date of the