The Spiritual Practice of Contemplative Photography 2022

Monday, May 23, 2022 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.

Registration Fee: $75 (includes lunch)

About the leader(s)

Ingrid Cyros

Ingrid Cyros is a workshop and retreat facilitator, whose passion is exploring the relationship between creativity and spirituality. As a spiritual director, she leads groups and individuals to introduce the practice of integrating photographic image and journal keeping, to listen deeply and to connect with what is sacred. 

Ingrid earned a Master of Divinity Degree and Cert. in Spiritual and Pastoral Care, at Andover Newton Theological School, and Spiritual Direction training at Gateways to God. She lives with her husband, Michael, in Newburyport, MA and frequently travels to Nova Scotia and Vermont, to spend time with her children, and family.