The Spiritual Practice of Contemplative Photography

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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When we are moved by what we see and we reflect on what is before us, our story unfolds.

Images convey meaning; and each person has a unique way of seeing. Through a contemplative prayer practice of integrating photography, poetry, sacred text,  and journal keeping, we will find stillness in the midst of life’s transitions. In this Day Apart Retreat, we will share this practice with each other in hopes of cultivating the ability to see below the surface, and to be open to what may be unfolding in the present moment. We will go outside to take pictures, and you will be guided  through various aspects of the practice including meditations (to begin and end the practice), and prompts such as, “What is going on in my life that I can express through this particular image?” By the end of the day, you will be equipped to integrate the practice into daily life, and will leave with the beginnings of a photo journal, and “take away” resources.

The emphasis of the day will be on the artistic and spiritual process, over the technical aspects of photography.  A smart phone is sufficient for taking pictures.

About the leader(s)

Ingrid Cyros

Ingrid Cyros  is a workshop and retreat facilitator, and life-long artist whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. She has also led classes to introduce the practice of integrating photographic image and journal keeping, to focus, to commemorate, heal, and celebrate. She has presented her personal photographic work, “Mourning Journal”, to professional, academic and religious groups, to encourage the use of art for processing loss. 
Ingrid earned a M.Div. and Certificate in Spiritual and Pastoral Care, at Andover Newton Theological School, in 2013.

Ingrid lives in Newburyport with her husband.  She is mother of two adult children.