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INSCAPE – Imagining, Dreaming, Creating

Facilitators and Presenters
David Maginley
(chaplain, teacher, photographer, writer)
Freeman Patterson
(photographer, writer, teacher, gardener)

Special Guests
Emily Kierstead
(minister, musician, teacher,
workshop facilitator)
Don Murray
(minister, educator,
workshop facilitator, author)

September 9 – 15
(depart September 16)
St. Martins, NB

Twelve persons maximum

Namaqualand in Bloom - By freeman Patterson

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 congregations in
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.

Participants 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%).

(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 of January.

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 workshop.

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