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March 2020 E-News

From Inspiration to Creative Play
How Words, Music, and Other Symbols Can Awaken Spiritual Expression 

Saturday, April 25
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Elk Haven Wellness Center
Brevard, N.C.
with Costanza Knight & Karen Luke Jackson

Join visual artist Costanza Knight and poet Karen Luke Jackson to explore what inspires you — and how you might give creative expression to that inspiration. Connie will share her story of how folktales, poems, and music inspired her paintings. Then she and Karen will invite you into a creative process using a favorite poem, lyrics, image, or icon to see how the divine flow can pass through you into something meaningful.
Artist at play: Costanza Knight
No art materials or experience are required for this "playshop". In the process of play, something may arise in the form of a collage, a stream of color, a poem, or even performance. If you have a favorite song, poem, prayer, image, item from nature, or a symbol of your spiritual journey that you would like to engage in this process, bring it with you and be open to manifesting grace. If you don’t, there will be  prompts and ideas provided.
Participation will be limited to 24 attendees to insure  a high-quality experience. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum is reached.
Cost:  $70 per person
Saturday, April 25 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Elk Haven Wellness Center
100 Elks Club Road, Brevard, N.C.

Coming Soon: Ben Long Fresco Pilgrimage

Ben Long frescos in N.C.

Tom Lewis will lead a two-day pilgrimage in Western North Carolina to explore the frescos of renowned artist Ben Long. We will tour sites with six frescos, including five by Long and one by Christopher Holt, a student of Long's. Locations will include: Chapel of the Prodigal in Montreat; Sloop Chapel in Crossnor; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Jefferson (above photo); Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs; St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wilkesboro; and Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville (Holt fresco). We will travel as a group, and spend one night in West Jefferson.

The pilgrimage will focus on contemplative exploration of the history and beauty of frescos as art and storytelling. All are welcome to join us, regardless of background.

Dr. Tom Lewis (photo) is the former Director of the Spirituality Program at Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, GA. Today he serves as the Program Director at Center for Spiritual Wisdom. Tom is an experienced pilgrimage leader, having led numerous pilgrimages for the Center and other organizations.  

Although the dates have not been finalized, "The Ben Long Fresco Pilgrimage" will take place this spring. Visit the Center's web site beginning March 16 for an announcement with exact dates and further details. To find information in Ben Long and his frescos, visit his web site.

In our February E-News, we announced an interracial community pilgrimage Oct. 22-24 from Brevard, N.C. to Montgomery, AL to visit the new Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice — both founded by bestselling author & attorney Bryan Stevenson. Representatives of Center for Spiritual Wisdom, Brevard College, and Transylvania County NAACP are part of the planning team. Interested individuals are urged to attend an information meeting about the pilgrimage Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 256 E. Main St. in Brevard. Deposits and registrations will be accepted that evening on a first-come, first-served basis. Information about hotel accommodations, chartered bus, and meals will be offered at the info meeting. Those who want to be part of the pilgrimage, but cannot attend the March 26 meeting, must contact Bill Livingston to let him know of their interest.
A multi-week learning series

Coming again this Spring from Center for Spiritual Wisdom
Watch our web site & read the April E-News for details
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Other Offerings of Interest
POET, WRITER & TEACHER DAVID WHYTE will speak and teach May 1-3 at a retreat center near Boone, N.C. The title of the program is "Start Close In." (We are forever thankful to David Whyte for allowing us to use his poem "Loaves and Fishes" in our promotional video.) For further information and a registration link, visit the Art of Living web site.
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