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
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 B.A. 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.
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 55 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.
MARIE-HÉLÈNE ALLAIN is a renowned
and widely-exhibited sculptor in stone from Ste-Marie-de-Kent,
New Brunswick. A Sister of Charity, her life can be aptly described
as “a spiritual quest through art,” which is beautifully
documented in the ONF/NFB Film “En dialogue avec la pierre”/
“Speaking with Stone.” Marie-Hélène
is also a teacher and a raconteur in the best Acadian tradition.
MARGARET WOODSON NEA of Virginia is a photographer,
teacher, and speaker whose photography has taken her to over
20 developing nations around the world. Her images of women,
children, and the natural world have been exhibited nationally
and internationally. Moved particularly by the eyes of children,
she has authored two photographic books, CHILDREN: Gifts
of the Spirit and CHILDREN: Eyes of the Soul. The
focus of her Master’s Degree was “Art and the Spiritual.”
A graduate of the Haden Institute of Spiritual Direction, she
believes in Carl Jung’s philosophy that “dreams
and photographs are messengers of the unconscious.” With
her clients, she works with dream and photographic images as
portals to the sacred. For the past 25 years, she has been a
member of a dream group that meets weekly. Knowing dreams to
be a rich source of wisdom, they continue to attend dream conferences
with teachers including Jeremy Taylor, Alan Jones, Jerry Wright,
and Marion Woodman. Also, she has been on numerous pilgrimages.
In Peru and India, she discovered the richness of ancient holy
traditions. Through the thin places of Iona and Ireland, she
found that, in the beliefs of Celtic spirituality, there is
sacredness in all of creation.
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). $2795 per person + HST
(15%). If your dietary restrictions require the purchase
of specialty items, an additional fee may be charged.
should endeavour to arrive in time for introductions at 5:30
p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner, and depart the following
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 $700. +
TO REGISTER FOR A 2022 WORKSHOP
We will take registrations on a first come/first served basis.
Registrations are now open.
Step 1: Send your completed, signed application
form by e-mail for the 2022 workshops indicating your first
and second choice of workshop weeks. Again this year due to Covid, we will not be requiring a deposit.
Send your completed, signed application
form by e-mail or post to:
Shamper’s Cove Limited
3487 Route 845
Long Reach, NB, Canada E5S 1X4
Step 2: The balance of your workshop
fees must be paid six weeks before your workshop begins to ensure
your place is held.