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 studying and 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 photography or visual
design, although your presenters will use their particular artistic
media for illustration. There will be daily presentations by
David, Freeman, or others, and ample free time for informal
group or one-on-one conversations as well as creative activities.
Each workshop participant will follow his/her own program.
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 very
short list of books you may want to read in advance.
Rev. David Maginley is a chaplain with the cancer and palliative
care program at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax.
He is also a four-time cancer survivor. This led him to explore
meditation, illness and transformation, and the nature of consciousness.
He holds a BA in philosophy and an M Div. from the University
of Saskatchewan. 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 is passionate about photography
and brings a wealth of life experience to his unique perspective
of making pictures.
Sr. Marie-Hélène Allain is a renowned and widely-exhibited
sculptor in stone from Ste-Marie-de-Kent, NB, and a member of
the Sœur des Religieuses de Note-Dame-du-Sacré Cœur,
whose life can be aptly described as “a spiritual quest
through art.” She is also a teacher and a raconteur in
the best Acadian tradition.
Rev. Gurdon Brewster graduated from Union Theological Seminary,
New York, in the same class as Freeman and spent most of his
professional life as the senior Episcopalian chaplain at Cornell
University. He began sculpting in clay (casting in bronze) at
an early age and now devotes much of his time to it, recently
exhibiting a large bronze illustrating Martin Luther King and
the history of the civil-rights movement in the United States.
During seminary he lived and worked for a time with Martin Luther
King Sr. and has written a book about this experience.
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). $2495 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 dinner at 6pm on Sunday 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 2017 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 2017. 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