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Seeking the Spirit through Art: Making Grotesques

Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 1:00pm

“The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.”  –14th Dalai Lama

Connect with yourself, connect with others and connect with the Holy by letting your intuition guide you in creating a small grotesque. Learn to not pay attention to the logical, rational mind as you respond spontaneously to what calls you.

Sculpting grotesques, which often have distorted faces and bodies, can give us the freedom not to be perfect, help us to dampen our critical nature and to express whatever odd shape shows up.

Absolutely no confidence or experience in clay needed. Our primary emphasis is on what happens to us while we’re creating, not on what we create. We’re seeking to build a safe space with no critiquing or judgments,  so we ask people not to comment on other people’s work.

Mindfulness meditations will be woven throughout the workshop. Time will also be set aside for reflecting on seeking the spirit and how the grotesque you made might relate to protecting the “temple inside your heart”.

Third Sundays, 1 – 3 pm, Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage

About Meredith McEver

Meredith McEver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in helping children and adults reach their full potential through meditation, creativity and exploration of thoughts and feelings. She had led mindfulness and creativity groups for many organizations including Alexandria Drug Court, Fairfax Hospital Life With Cancer, ADAMS Center Mosque, Fairfax County Schools, Arlington County Violence between Intimate Partners Program and National Institute of Health.

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    • June 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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