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Devotional Arts Retreat

Stannard, Vermont July 17-21 2024

Art for Life

Art for Presence

Art for Peace

DEVOTIONAL
ARTS
RETREAT

Reimagining Myth, Play, & Poetry

Five inspirational days of

creativity, community, and contemplation.

Slow down, make meaningful connections, and cultivate your creative imagination.

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

Host

Brendan Dempsey

Swan Frayne-Dao, PhD, is a creative director and psychotherapist. They worked as a lecturer and supervisor at the University of Cambridge, where they wrote their thesis on individual and social...

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Swan Frayne-Dao

Psychotherapist & Theatre Maker

PhD (Cambridge) | Institute of Devotional Arts

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Kythe Maryam Heller is a poet, essayist, interdisciplinary artist, and scholar completing a doctorate at Harvard University in Comparative Religion with a secondary field in Arts, Film...

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Kythe Maryam Heller

Poet & Religious Scholar

PhD (Harvard) | Vision Lab Collective

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Aaron Finbloom, PhD, is a philosopher, performance artist, and pedagogue, as well as the founder and director of The Deep Play Institute and co-founder of The School of Making Thinking...

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Aaron Finbloom

Philosopher & Performer

PhD (Concordia) | The Deep Play Institute

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Brendan Graham Dempsey is a writer, poet, and farmer, as well as the founder and director of Sky Meadow Institute, an organization dedicated to emergent ways of thinking about meaning-making...

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Brendan Graham Dempsey

Author & Theologian

MDiv (Yale) | Sky Meadow Institute

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Schedule

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.

7.15am: Musical awakening

7.45-8.15am: Contemplative Practice

Silence ends

8.20-8.40am: Tea & Coffee

8.40-9am: Community Service

9.15-11.15am: Morning Session

11.30am: Lunch

12.30-2.30: Rest & Free Time

2.30-3.30pm: Assembly

3.45-6.15pm: Afternoon Session

6.30pm: Dinner

7.30-9pm: Open Space

9-9.30pm: Contemplative Practice

Silence begins

10pm: Evening Lullaby

7.15am: Musical awakening

7.45-8.15am: Contemplative Practice

Silence ends

8.20-8.40am: Tea & Coffee

8.40-9am: Community Service

9.15-11.15am: Morning Session

11.30am: Lunch

12.30-2.30: Rest & Free Time

2.30-3.30pm: Assembly

3.45-6.15pm: Afternoon Session

6.30pm: Dinner

7.30-9pm: Open Space

9-9.30pm: Contemplative Practice

Silence begins

10pm: Evening Lullaby

“The psyche imagines as the heart pumps blood and as the mind wonders.”

Venue

Nature Immersion amid the hills of northern Vermont

How to get there

Sky Meadow

Sky Meadow Retreat Center is built on an original 115-acre homestead in Vermont’s rugged and remote Northeast Kingdom. It was settled around 1850 and served as a family farm for 100 years. It offers a serene and revitalizing environment, which includes quaint cottages and cabins, organic vegetable gardens, swimming ponds, as well as lush woodlands with numerous forest trails.

Food

Nutritious and healthy vegan meals will be prepared on site with care and composed primarily of organic, local, and seasonal ingredients. We share two meals a day but feel free to bring your own breakfast. Tea and snacks will be available throughout the day and we cater to special diets on request.

Tickets

Accommodation for 5 days/4 nights

Private access to Sky Meadow Facilities

All materials, classes, and activities

All meals and drinks

Single Room (Cottage/Cabin)

FREE

$ 1,994.00

$ 1,994.00

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Shared Room (Barn/Cottage)

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$ 1,594.00

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