These three workshops will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. When you register, you will be asked to choose one workshop for the duration of the course. Because the workshops are sequential, participants will not be able to move back and forth between workshops, but must commit to one.

Standing on Holy Ground: Practices of Christ-Centered Ecological Conversion

led by Stephen Blackmer

In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls us to an ecological conversion — a profound interior transformation that recognizes, embraces, and embodies our relatedness-in-Christ with all beings and all things. In times when people lived more closely with the land and the natural world in the course of everyday life, such ways and practices may have been second nature. But in our time, when most of us are surrounded by and immersed in a world made by human hands and minds, such direct communion with ecological realities can be difficult. While we may be aware of the beauty of the wilderness or the threats of climate change, what can we do in our daily lives, both spiritually and practically? What practices and resources can we draw upon to open ourselves to this transformation? How does one go about this?

This workshop will provide an in-depth introduction to tangible resources and practices that can awaken and enliven our hearts, minds, and bodies as we encounter and are transformed by Christ in and through the natural world. Through the week, we will simply enter into and listen for the presence of God in the natural world; explore what various forms of the Word — scripture, sustainability, and science — have to tell us; share joy and love, grief and loss; and participate in the mystery of the sacraments. At the end of the week, each participant will go forth with an intention and resources to take part in a world-wide ecological conversion.

Saving Places; Savoring Graces: ​Exploring a Grounded Worship Spirituality

led by Dr. Jill Crainshaw with special guests Dave Workman and Susan Sides

E.B. White of Charlotte’s Web fame once offered these memorable words:  “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

Perhaps some of life’s activities are both saving and savoring work. What if when we garden and bake we both savor and save God’s good earth? By baking bread, gardening, and reflecting together as a part of this workshop, we will consider the saving and savoring possibilities of everyday life and places. We will also explore some of the sacramental and liturgical dimensions of everyday life and work.

Tentative schedule for this workshop:

  • Tuesday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.: water and liturgy workshop with Dr. Jill Crainshaw on the Swanannoa River
  • Wednesday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Gardening workshop at The Lord’s Acre Garden with Susan Sides, with optional communal work evening afterward.
  • Thursday, 1:30pm – 5:00 p.m.:  Intro to Breadmaking with Dave Workman at various locations on WWC campus.