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Dear friends and companions,

I am honored to have been asked to lead one component of an on-line retreat that promises to be rich with opportunities to go inward artistically and/or spiritually, guided by leaders of various paths toward pilgrimage and wholeness.

Here is how Elizabeth Foley, creator of The Art of Spiritual Living Online Retreat, explains it:

“Spirituality doesn’t have to just be something for Ashrams or vacations to Bali. We can make it part of our every day life.
The Art of Spiritual Living Online Retreat makes it easy for you to retreat from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
It’s completely free and you can do it on your own schedule after the kids have gone to bed or on the weekend when you finally have time to slow down.
This is for you if:

• You are an artist, writer, or musician that’s feeling blocked and you want to get your creative juices flowing again.
•You have always wanted to explore creativity, yoga, or meditation but haven’t really known where to start or thought you weren’t (insert whatever doubt or lack of qualification you’re concerned about here) enough to do it.
•You have been walking a spiritual path for sometime and you know community and support will help deepen your practice.

During the online retreat, join visionaries from around the world in exploring what spirituality means to them. 25+ guides will be sharing a variety of ways that you can experience your connection to Source and integrate that connection into your everyday life.
We’ll practice conscious movement from yoga to qi gong. We’ll experience guided meditations and visualizations. We’ll explore writing and art as spiritual practice. We’ll tap into our personal power.
Every experience is designed to be completely accessible to a beginner while still being engaging and nourishing to a seasoned spiritual seeker.”

My portion of the retreat will consider writing as a spiritual practice, based on my Oxford University Press book, How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. It is my hope that you will consider participating in this free online retreat, and pass the word to others who might be interested.

Click here to join us or to learn more about the retreat.

With best wishes,

Pat Schneider

P.S. The retreat began on Sunday July 23rd, but you don’t have to miss anything. By opting in participants will receive daily email with links to the day’s sessions and the schedule page where they can watch any of the sessions that have already aired. Sessions will air July 23rd – July 30th and be available for viewing until the full moon August 7th.

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Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) is the organization that is carrying on the work Pat established and carried on for more than 30 years. To discover how you can write with an AWA Method Group, or become trained as an AWA facilitator, please click this link.