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Inscape 2017

INSCAPE – Imagining, Dreaming, Creating

Facilitators and Presenters
David Maginley
(chaplain, teacher, photographer, writer)
Freeman Patterson
(photographer, writer, teacher, gardener)

Special Guests
Marie-Hélène Allain – presenter
(sculptor, Sœur des Religieuses de Note-Dame-du-Sacré Cœur)
Gurdon Brewster – resource person
(university chaplain, sculptor, writer)

September 17-23 (depart September 24)
St. Martins, NB

Twelve persons maximum

Namaqualand in Bloom - By freeman Patterson

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 personal journey.

In this workshop explore fundamental aspects of your consciousness through studying and 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 photography or visual design, although your presenters will use their particular artistic media for illustration. There will be daily presentations by David, Freeman, or others, and ample free time for informal group or one-on-one conversations as well as creative activities.

Each workshop participant will follow his/her own program. 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 very short list of books you may want to read in advance.

Rev. David Maginley is a chaplain with the cancer and palliative care program at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax. He is also a four-time cancer survivor. This led him to explore meditation, illness and transformation, and the nature of consciousness. He holds a BA in philosophy and an M Div. from the University of Saskatchewan. 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 is passionate about photography and brings a wealth of life experience to his unique perspective of making pictures.

Sr. Marie-Hélène Allain is a renowned and widely-exhibited sculptor in stone from Ste-Marie-de-Kent, NB, and a member of the Sœur des Religieuses de Note-Dame-du-Sacré Cœur, whose life can be aptly described as “a spiritual quest through art.” She is also a teacher and a raconteur in the best Acadian tradition.

Rev. Gurdon Brewster graduated from Union Theological Seminary, New York, in the same class as Freeman and spent most of his professional life as the senior Episcopalian chaplain at Cornell University. He began sculpting in clay (casting in bronze) at an early age and now devotes much of his time to it, recently exhibiting a large bronze illustrating Martin Luther King and the history of the civil-rights movement in the United States. During seminary he lived and worked for a time with Martin Luther King Sr. and has written a book about this experience.

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). $2495 per person + HST (15%). If your dietary restrictions require the purchase of specialty items, an additional fee may be charged.

Participants should arrive in time for dinner at 6pm on Sunday and depart the following Sunday morning.

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%).

(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 2017. 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 of January.

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 workshop.

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