Those of us who create do so for a multitude of reasons, and what we ultimately end up with is a gift, whether for ourselves or for others. The world is thirsting for all us artists have to give through the experience of what we create – hope, beauty, joy, encouragement, healing, connection to one another and to our hearts, a vision of the world as it could be… but we need to be filled up ourselves in order to be this life-giving water for others.
As someone whose idea of fun is spending time at a monastery, the retreat experience is one I have for years tried to share with others. For myself, as an artist living in a very urban area, making retreats has more recently turned into doing them at home.
And so came the notion a few months ago that other artists might need the same thing – a time set aside for a pause, to allow space for rest, refreshment and connecting with God. Creative people need spiritual retreats just as much as anyone. Maybe even more so.
What I am crafting this year is a series of self-guided retreats for artists and creatives that can be made at home, centered around the theme of water as the very Presence of the Lord, which is everything we need.
I’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks. Tell me, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a retreat?