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Postponed: The HeART of the Matter – Writing and Art as a Spiritual Practice

February 7, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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Co-facilitators: Lauren Rutten and Karen Sharpe

The act of making art can be a spiritual practice, drawing deeply on what matters most in our lives. In this hands-on workshop, we will use free-writing, visual journaling, and book-making to delve into the interior spaces of the stories we carry. We will experiment with ways to express our creativity by using a wide range of art materials. Artists and writers of all levels, including those who don't identify as artists or writers, are welcome to come play and enjoy the pleasure of making.

About Lauren Rutten

LR_web_0028 copyLauren Rutten is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists facilitator whose writing has been published in The Red Silk Anthology. She has been recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2009 & 2012. Lauren leads weekly writing workshops and full-day combined writing and visual arts retreats in Arlington, Virginia. Lauren’s spiritual practice involves meditation, daily readings, contemplative walks, mantra chanting, and daily photographic adventures that are shared via her blog.


About Karen Sharpe

Karen Sharpe Head ShotKaren Sharpe is a poet and writer from Sterling, Massachusetts and facilitator of the Sirona Writing Retreats & Workshops. Karen has been a contributing writer for Worcester Magazine, chairwoman of Worcester Magazine’s annual poetry contest, a correspondent for the Boston Globe, editor and associate publisher of The Lancaster Times Inc. and named New England Journalist of the Year. Her poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Columbia Journal of Arts & Literature, Silkworm, The Worcester Review, Worcester Magazine, in the Six Senses ecphrasis show at the Sprinkler Factory, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Poetpourri, The Comstock Review, the Ledge, Yankee Magazine and in her 2004 publication, This Late Afternoon. Karen is also the Executive Director of University Advancement at Worcester State University in Massachusetts, a Certified Life Celebrant, and a graduate of the Priestess Path Apprenticeship Women’s Mystery School.

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February 7, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Lauren Rutten and Karen Sharpe


The HeartWell Institute
1015 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602, USA + Google Map