Poetry as Spiritual Practice: A Quiet Day with the Work of Mary Oliver

August 7 (Wednesday 9:00-4:00) Quiet Day

Kathleen Staudt, PhD, SCHC works as a teacher, poet, and spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Program fee $80 (includes lunch)
Program check-in: 8:30 am Wednesday

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The late Mary Oliver’s poetry has been a source of inspiration for many on the spiritual path, teaching us to see more clearly the abundance of the natural world and the richness of life in our bodies. On this Quiet Day we will spend some quiet time exploring Oliver’s invitations to poetic seeing and writing as spiritual practices, allowing her poetry to invite us into the contemplative space that one of her poems calls “the doorway /into thanks, and a silence in which/another voice may speak.”

Leader
Kathleen Staudt, PhD, SCHC (Kathy) works as a teacher, poet, and spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. Her classes focus on writing, literature, spirituality, and explorations of vocation. Kathy offers retreats and workshops at many area churches and retreat centers, including the annual Evelyn Underhill Day of Quiet offered in Washington each year in June, as well as courses and retreats on writing and poetry as spiritual practices. She is the author of three books of poems, most recently Good Places, as well as scholarly studies of the artist and poet David Jones. Her blog is at https://www.kathleenstaudtpoet.org/

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