Imagining, Dreaming, Creating
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 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. Based in Georgia, 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’s), 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.
Participants should endeavour to arrive in time for introductions at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner, 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 $700. + HST (15%).