"What do you want me to talk about?" I asked. "Come tell us what is saving your life now," he answered. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between secular and sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world." Barbara Brown Taylor
Altar Camp. The Berkshires. Summer 2018. Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, 2018
Join Susannah for 4 incredible days at North Cottage at Noble View in Russell, Massachusetts, as you are gently guided in the transformative process of telling a story that needs to be told through shaping your own altar from a vintage wooden box and an eclectic variety of materials. But it's just a box, right? You will be gently guided through a soulful unfolding process that includes meditation, reflection, ritual and art making, which transforms it into a sacred vessel. You do not need to be creative or arty in any way to find this experience meaningful.
Why altar making? Altars are special places set apart where offerings are made--it might be an intention, the calling forth of a new direction, the letting go of an old wound, reverence or gratitude, a particularly powerful memory, dream or vision that you wish to explore or honor. Altars are "holy" space that has nothing to do with church. Intentionally creating an altar:
-invites slowing down into deep inner listening
-explores "sacred" space and how the creation of it as powerful spiritual practice that can be utilized in many different settings
-challenges you (in a good way!) to work with a variety of art techniques and materials that you may not have worked with before.
-nurtures community. You will work individually on your altar as well as share with others as your process unfolds. Last summer's altar camp participants became so close that they are still gathering together months later to share their lives with one another.
-celebrates summer by inhabiting it in a stunningly beautiful location. In addition to art making, there will be time for walking in the woods, napping, hiking trails, swimming at the swimming hole, gathering around a campfire, star gazing and talks on the wrap-around porch.
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 5 PEOPLE. Cost: sliding scale of $225 - $325. This includes simple but comfortable lodging (single room), meals, supplies and facilitation. A refundable deposit of $135 is needed by February 15, 2018 to secure lodge space. The remaining balance will be due by July 15. You can learn more about Noble View at www.nobleviewoutdoorcenter.org.