2010 Women’s Retreat
Praying Creatively: A Women’s Retreat
Fourteen women spent the weekend of Sept. 10-12, 2010, in the Barn Abbey in historic New Harmony, Indiana. Each day and evening was spent getting in touch with the creative spirit of God within each of us and then prayerfully using that spirit to create something. Being conscious that all of the retreat activities were an act of making Eucharist (thanksgiving to God), the participant’s read and reacted to Scripture using watercolor, collage, pencil, clay, cooking, baking, and kinesthetic body movements. Praying with clay, participants found God leading them to create a swan, a face in tree bark, pots and pitchers, bodies, shoes and wreaths. Walks in the woods and beside the lake resulted in drawings of objects found in God’s creation. Praying with movement included walking the labyrinth as a group and thanking God with hand movements.
The weekend of making Eucharist ended with a noon-time service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday with an offering from each woman of something she had created during the time, including the Eucharistic bread baked on Saturday.
A simple monastic way of living was adopted throughout the retreat with members of the group providing for the needs of the community (cooking, setting the table, and cleaning up after meals.)
This weekend was sponsored by the Center for Spirituality and led by The Rev. Susan Skinner.