You are invited to join Ellen Kennedy, Sacred Circle Dancer and Christopher Volpe, painter, writer and poet as we lightly guide a 24 hour journey in Art as Meditation* exploring selected sculptures of Mico Kaufman and the Sacred Dances they inspire. Each simple dance will be taught, no experience required.
We will answer the call of “art as meditation” with creative responses that deepen our appreciation of art and beauty as spiritual expressions and enliven our sense of mindful presence as creative observers and creating beings.
Our weekend will include time in nature, fireside conversation and experiential opportunities for self reflection, contemplation and connection.
“Where the Divine and the Human Meet" shows how important it is to meet the world with the creativity of an artist, particularly in these uncertain times.” From the book: Creativity Where the Divine and Human Meet by Matthew Fox.
*Art as Meditation is an integral concept of the Creation Spirituality Movement
of theologian Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox
About the leader(s)
Ellen Kennedy was trained and certified at The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to teach Sacred Dance. She holds certificates in Basic and Advanced Shamanic Studies thru The Foundation for Shamanic Studies and is enrolled in the John Phillip Newell New England School for Celtic Consciousness.
Ellen has been a student of Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox for almost 30 years. His teachings on Creation Spirituality and The Four Paths burn bright in her heart. She is an Art as Mediation faculty member of Creation Spirituality Movement and serves on the design team for Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox http://dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org
As an International Peace Activist, Ellen has led Sacred Circle Dances for peace at the Syrian Border, Jerusalem, the US Naval Base in S. Korea, Imagine Peace Tower, Iceland and the John Lennon Park, Havana Cuba offering a grandmother’s love and compassion. She lives in Newbury and delights in her five grandchildren.
Christopher Volpe is an artist, writer, and teacher striving to make work that meaningfully reflects on the human condition. He received a master’s degree in poetry from the University of New Hampshire and his paintings have won numerous accolades including the Saint Botolph Club Foundation’s Emerging Artist and Nellie Taft awards and grants from MassMoCA/Assets for Artists and the NH State Council on
Although his primary focus is painting, Chris has been leading painting and written word workshops for nearly 30 years. He taught mythology, art history, and comparative religion at the former Chester College of New England in Chester, New Hampshire for several years before teaching art history and writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He now teaches independently and paints full time. His website is www.christophervolpe.com.