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Hearing God through Play and Creativity

For all of us, playing is a valuable way of relaxing, of being refreshed and renewed, of learning about ourselves and developing new skills. It is maybe especially important for those who are frequently serving others, thus giving so much of themselves that they can forget the childlike delight and wonder essential to appreciating the gift of the kingdom of God. This course is therefore about playing creatively in God’s presence. The focus is not on the act of creating, but instead on ‘being’ with the process - rather like doodling on a scrap of paper or reshaping a paper clip to pass the time of day! Through reflecting on such experiences, we can become much more aware of our moods, desires, feelings, thoughts and images.

Led by: Revd Anna Garvie

Please arrive by 6pm on Monday. Course ends with lunch on Friday

For all of us, playing is a valuable way of relaxing, of being refreshed and renewed, of learning about ourselves and developing new skills. It is maybe especially important for those who are frequently serving others, thus giving so much of themselves that they can forget the childlike delight and wonder essential to appreciating the gift of the kingdom of God.

This course is therefore about playing creatively in God’s presence. The focus is not on the act of creating, but instead on ‘being’ with the process - rather like doodling on a scrap of paper or reshaping a paper clip to pass the time of day! Through reflecting on such experiences, we can become much more aware of our moods, desires, feelings, thoughts and images. And the result? Those who took part in previous years have been amazed at how much God revealed Himself in the process – and also at how much they learnt about themselves simply by ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’…

There will be a range of ‘playful’ activities to choose from throughout the week, as takes your fancy at any given time – from painting and scribbling to construction and gluing. Each day will offer time to ‘play’, time to reflect, and time to share with others – alongside times of shared worship and prayer.

The retreat will be led by Revd Anna Garvie, an Anglican priest and hospice chaplain who has studied art as therapy. Anna also works as a spiritual director and will be available to give one to one accompaniment if required.

 

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.