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Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice

January 30th – February 1st, 2017

Come away from the busyness of your life to experience creative writing as a spiritual practice. When we write creatively, we open ourselves to grow in spiritual practices like attentiveness, intentionality, empathy, and gratitude – gifts we want to grow as disciples of Christ. The creative output and sharing during this event will build a remarkably close community and lead to conversations of remarkable spiritual depth. Challenge yourself creatively and spiritually, and leave with a sense of peace at having drawn closer to yourself and to God.

Workshop Leadership:
REV. DR. DEBBIE BRONKEMA, former Co-Executive Director of Cedarkirk, earned her Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice, studying under Dr. Rodger Nishioka and Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor. She has led several programs and retreats on this topic over the last few years and is excited to share this spiritual practice with us. She currently serves as Pastor of Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, New York.

Lodging & Meals:
Your fee of $220 includes private, climate-controlled lodging with linens, and all meals (Monday dinner through Wednesday lunch). A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required for registration.  The deadline for registration is January 20th, 2017.

Travel Arrangements:
Please plan to fly into Tampa International Airport. Cedarkirk will provide shuttle service to and from the airport (shuttle service is $30 round trip). The retreat starts at 4:00 pm on Monday, so please arrange for your flight to arrive between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on the 25th. Departing flights should leave Tampa at 3:00 pm or later on the 27th. *If you have made travel arrangements outside those parameters, contact Cedarkirk to see how we can work with those.