Summer Camp 2017 – Fri Aug 18th to Sun Aug 20th

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Come for the whole weekend or Saturday Only!

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Read more about the workshop facilitators:

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Soul Nourishing Singing with Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson

Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson welcome you with a playful spirit to a fun, soul-nourishing singing workshop, where we will blend our voices in community and gently stretch our musical boundaries. We’ll experience the beauty of harmony and rhythm, exploring simple songs from several traditions, including some from the UU hymnals. There will be an option, for those who wish, to perform at the Variety Show and the Sunday Service. All voices are welcome!

Cathy and Dick have been musical and life partners since they met in 2012, and are active members of Capital UU Congregation. They both play a wide range of instruments and have made music with both of the Victoria UU congregations and with the Salt Spring Island Fellowship. They each have broad experience in choral singing and both now sing with the Gettin’ Higher Choir in Victoria. They are often called on to support other community musical events, and have led our Summer Camp’s music for many years.

Dick has been involved with UUism since 1999, and since 2008 he has served as the volunteer Music Director at Capital UU Congregation and occasionally at the Salt Spring Island Fellowship.

Cathy grew up in a musical family, and has always loved a cappella harmony singing. She has recently completed the renowned Community Choir Leadership Training program, directed by Denis Donnelly and Siobhan Robinsong of the Gettin’ Higher Choir.

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Mindfulness and the Creative Life with storyteller, writer and meditation teacher Margo McLoughlin

How does a practice of mindfulness support the flowering of a creative life? This morning workshop is divided into three parts, each of which will include opportunities for mindfulness practice as well as short exercises designed to spark creative thinking. Please bring a journal to write in.

Part One In the first part of the morning, participants will explore the notion of attentiveness and the idea of “self-knowing” as a way of honouring our own creative journey. By beginning with gratitude and appreciation, we uncover a rich store of experience that reminds us of our interconnectedness. Every creative endeavour depends on the inspiration, guidance and work of others. And, while remembering that there is nothing new under the sun, we are also reminded to see our lives as unique and brimming with potential.

Part Two In the second part, we will investigate the pathways of intuition, curiosity, and wonder. How does a practice of receptive awareness prepare the heart/mind to notice patterns in the world around us? How is curiosity an attitude of mind that can be cultivated? What is the place of wonder in our lives?

Part Three In the last part of the morning, we will uncover the relationship between mindfulness and action, stillness and creative expression. Accessing our creative potential and aligning with our deepest values are both possible when we slow down enough to listen. Mindfulness opens the gate to two of the necessary elements for creativity to flourish: generosity and simplicity. The timelessness of creative flow begins with deep attentiveness, develops into appreciation and wonder, and expresses itself as a unique gift to the world.

Margo McLoughlin is a Victoria storyteller, writer and meditation teacher. She is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School as well as the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre. She offers retreats and classes through the Victoria Insight Meditation Society.

Margaret Huff is a Kamloops Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist. She received teacher training at the Salt Spring Yoga Centre, and Yoga Therapy training with the American Viniyoga Institute at Mount Madonna Centre in Santa Cruz, California.

Optional yoga session offered by yoga teacher Margaret Huff

 

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