Creativity is, fundamentally, a spiritual process –
that awkward and incomplete practice of our connection to each
other, to life, to the great mystery of the divine. Through
our creations we explore who we are, expand our consciousness,
and discover the inner landscape of our being. Every photograph,
painting, poem, song, or garden tells this story. Our creations
also exist in their own right and examining them helps us to
understand why we choose particular subject matter and decide
how to approach it. Like our dreams, they are symbols of our
In this workshop explore fundamental aspects of your consciousness
through creating art, working with dreams, participating in
group and private discussions, and meditating. Explore what
it is to be a spiritual, creative being having a physical experience.
This is not an instructional workshop in visual design or any
specific artistic medium, although your presenters may use particular
artistic media for illustration. There will be daily presentations
by David, Freeman, or special guests, both group and one-on-one
conversations, films, meditation, and free time. Although most
daily schedules are very full, you will follow your own program.
Everything is optional.
We encourage, but do not expect, each participant to create
an art work – a poem, a story or essay, a song, a dance,
a painting, a series of photographs, etc. – for presentation
to the group on the last day of the workshop.
We will be providing each person who registers with a short
list of books you may want to read in advance.
DAVID MAGINLEY, M.Div. is a chaplain with the cancer and palliative
care program at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax,
Nova Scotia and author of BEYOND SURVIVING: Cancer and Your
Spiritual Journey. He is also a four-time cancer survivor.
This led him to explore meditation, illness and transformation,
and the nature of consciousness. David has lectured throughout
Canada, conducting workshops with health-care staff and the
public on spirituality, cancer, grief, and aspects of emergent
and integrative spirituality. He is a Lutheran minister and
member of the International Association for Near Death Studies,
contributing to research on patient experiences at end-of-life.
David holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.Div. from the University
of Saskatchewan. He is also passionate about photography and
brings a wealth of life experience to his unique perspective.
FREEMAN PATTERSON, C.M., O.N.B., M.Div. of Shamper’s
Bluff, New Brunswick, has made photographs for more than 60
years, taught visual design for more than 50 in Canada and many
other countries, and authored 15 books. Freeman’s primary
source of awe and wonder is Creation; he is equally at home
in a Canadian forest or in the vast sand dunes of Namibia and
equally at ease investigating the meanings of the symbols in
his dreams or in his art. Freeman believes that the ability
of human beings to be creative depends fundamentally on the
health and well-being of the few kilometres of air, water, and
soil that surround our planet like the skin of an apple, that
they are the physical and spiritual bases of our lives, the
source of materials and tools that enable us to express our
responses to questions and feelings about ultimate things. Creation
and creativity are inextricably linked.
MARIE-HÉLÈNE ALLAIN is a renowned and widely-exhibited
sculptor in stone from Ste-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick. A sister
of the Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré Cœur,
her life can be aptly described as “a spiritual quest
through art,” which is beautifully documented in the ONF/NFB
Film “En dialogue avec la pierre”/ “Speaking
with Stone.” Marie-Hélène is also a teacher
and a raconteur in the best Acadian tradition. She is joining
us for the third year.
CONNIE EVANS lives in Georgia. She is a licensed clinical social
worker and graduate of the Haden Institute of Spiritual Direction
who has been in private practice for 25 years, drawing on the
psychology of Carl Jung. She has worked with individuals focusing
on dreams, personal empowerment, and spiritual enrichment and
has led workshops with an emphasis on spirituality, forgiveness,
dream work, centering prayer, meditation, and pilgrimage as
a daily practice.
MARGARET WOODSON NEA of Virginia is a photographer, teacher,
and speaker whose photography has taken her to over 20 developing
nations around the world. Her images of women, children, and
the natural world have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Moved particularly by the eyes of children, she has authored
two photographic books, CHILDREN: Gifts of the Spirit
and CHILDREN: Eyes of the Soul. The focus of her Master’s
Degree was “Art and the Spiritual.” A graduate of
the Haden Institute of Spiritual Direction, she believes in
Carl Jung’s philosophy that “dreams and photographs
are messengers of the unconscious.” With her clients,
she works with dream and photographic images as portals to the
sacred. For the past 25 years, she has been a member of a dream
group that meets weekly.
(Connie and Margery met at a dream conference almost 30 years
ago. Since then, they have taught dream workshops and been together
on numerous pilgrimages. In Peru and India, they discovered
the richness of ancient holy traditions. Through the thin places
of Iona and Ireland, they found that, in the beliefs of Celtic
spirituality, there is sacredness in all of creation. Knowing
dreams to be a rich source of wisdom, they continue to attend
dream conferences with teachers including Robert Johnson, Jeremy
Taylor, Alan Jones, Jerry Wright, and Marion Woodman.)
This workshop will be hosted by the St.
Martins Country Inn in the village of St. Martins on the
Bay of Fundy coast, east of Saint John and the Saint John airport
and right at the beginning of the Fundy Trail.
St. Martins is approximately 38 kilometres east of the Saint
John (not St. John), New Brunswick airport (YSJ). Participants
are responsible for their own transportation to and from the
workshop. You may wish to use a readily available taxi at the
airport for the 25 minute drive.
Fee for the six-day/seven-night course includes meals and
accommodation (Canadian funds). $2595 per person + HST (15%).
If your dietary restrictions require the purchase of specialty
items, an additional fee may be charged.
should endeavour to arrive in time for introductions at 5:30
p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner, and depart the following
Guests: Partners or friends of participants
do not pay the workshop fee, and should not expect to attend
regular presentations. The fee for meals and accommodations
for the week for partners or friends will be $500. + HST (15%).
TO REGISTER FOR A 2018 INSCAPE WORKSHOP
(Registrations are now open)
Step 1: Send your completed
application form by e-mail, phone or fax. We require
a $400 deposit (Canadian funds) payable by VISA or Mastercard
at this time but we will not debit your credit card until the
first week of January 2018. Workshop fees can also be paid by
e-mail money transfer. Please indicate on your application form
if you will be paying by e-mail money transfer the first week
After registering if you haven’t already sent a signed
copy, we will need a signed application form by e-mail, fax
or send to:
Shamper’s Cove Limited
3487 Route 845
Long Reach, NB, Canada E5S 1X4
Phone 506-763-2189 Fax 506-763-2035
Step 2: The balance of your workshop fees
must be paid six weeks before your workshop begins to ensure
your place is held.
Cancellations: On cancellations up to six
weeks prior to the beginning date of the workshop, we will refund
your deposit less 50% for expenses. We will not refund on cancellations
received six weeks or less prior to the beginning date of the