As One: A Day in Creation, the Garden and the Creator

With Marion Williams

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 "It came to me that the soul is like a castle made exclusively of diamond or some other very clear crystal.
In this castle there are a multitude of dwellings, just as in heaven there are many mansions.
If we muse on this…we will see that the soul of a righteous person is none other than a garden
in which the Beloved takes great delight."

                                                                      - St. Teresa of Avila, from The Interior Castle

Reflecting  on Scripture’s Creation story and garden metaphor, and the natural environment that surrounds us at Mercy by the Sea, this spring retreat day  offers  time and space for creative exploration of how we experience God in our lives. Guiding our time together will be writings of St. Teresa of Avila, from the Interior Castle, Richard Rohr from his book The Divine Dance, and Gerald May, M.D. from his book The Dark Night of the Soul, in which he considers the writings between St. Teresa and John of the Cross as they form their theology of unitive love.

Participants will be invited to engage with simple art and writing exercises. Morning reflection and art will be followed by noontime prayer;  afternoon reflection time and writing or art will be followed by a sharing circle. No previous art or writing experience is necessary, just bring an open mind and spirit.

The program on April 29 begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs to 3:30 p.m. The fee of $60 includes program, materials  and lunch.

Marion Williams is a pastoral counselor and spiritual director, who has dedicated her life to helping people find balance, meaning and spiritual depth in their lives. She is known for her work combining the expressive arts and spiritual growth in both urban and parish settings.  An MA graduate of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Churchand and Fordham University, Marion is also trained in interfaith ministry, and acted as co-chair of the Interfaith Council of New York, helping to bring together people of various faith traditions to explore commonality and shared values.


Sessions:  1
Date:  4/29/2017
Meeting Time:  Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Instructor:  Marion Williams
$60.00   (Class Fee)