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Tue, Jul 16



Devotional Arts Retreat: Imagination Now

Five inspirational days of creativity, community, and contemplation.‍ Slow down, make meaningful connections, and cultivate your creative imagination.

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Devotional Arts Retreat: Imagination Now
Devotional Arts Retreat: Imagination Now

Time & Location

Jul 16, 2024, 3:00 PM – Jul 21, 2024, 1:00 PM

Stannard, 63 Winchester Rd, Greensboro Bend, VT 05842, USA

About the event


Watch Brendan's conversation with Institute founder Swan Frayne-Dao about the event HERE


Words of Inspiration

We believe in art that deepens our relationships to other people and to the more-than-human world.

‍We view devotion as gratitude in action and tread a path loving service to life, visible and invisible.

Myth, Play, & Poetry

Myths are stories that define who we are and who we aspire to be.

‍Play is one of the most serious activities we can undertake.

‍Poetry captures with words that which words cannot capture.

‍Some words are not to be written; they long to be shared in speech, story, and song. We come together to give life to those words and to give a voice to life.

What to Expect

Our sessions include practices drawn from the performing arts, from psychosomatic disciplines, and from community building processes such as applied theater, polyphonic music, and authentic relating.

Your Guides

Your guides are artists and scholars who have all researched spirituality and creativity from a critical and comparative lens. They value intellectual, embodied, and imaginal ways of knowing, being, and relating.

Retreat Leader

Dr. Swan Frayne-Dao

Guest Teachers

Dr. des. Kythe Mayam Heller

Dr. Aaron Finbloom


Brendan Graham Dempsey


We offer a carefully curated space of conscious connection and creative expression in which you are encouraged to listen to your needs and to take as much time for rest, silence, and introspection as you desire. Our sessions include various collective mindfulness and artistic practices such as circling, singing, and writing.

Day 1

3pm: Arrival

6pm: Dinner

7.30-8.30pm: Opening Session

8.30-9pm: Contemplative Practice

Day 2-4

7am: Musical awakening

7.30-8am: Contemplative Practice

8.30-11am: Morning Session

11am: Brunch

1-2pm: Assembly

2.30-5pm: Afternoon Session

5pm: Dinner

7-8pm: Evening Program

8.30-9pm: Contemplative Practice

Day 5

7am: Musical awakening

7.30-8am: Contemplative Practice

8.30-11am: Closing Session

11am: Brunch

1pm: Departure


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