Loving the World: Photography as Spiritual Practice

May 12, 2015 - May 15, 2015
West Park NY 12493

Tuesday, May 12 – Friday, May 15

Led by Mr. Paul Kimmerling

Is it possible to see the world anew, with wonder and curiosity? To re­present our surroundings as we find them, without judgment… indeed, with love?

Join us as we take an “inside ­out” approach to seeing the world and taking photographs. In this weekday retreat, you will engage in contemplative practices as well as digital photography, to strengthen the connection between our inner lives and our capacity to see the world as we find it. Such a connection — between our outer vision and inner being — has been explored by photographers, philosophers, and poets through the ages as well as mystics such as Rumi, Meister Eckhart, and St. Francis.

This retreat is ideal for those who would like to refresh their love of photography, as well as those who are new to making digital pictures. No level of proficiency is required. It is also ideal for those who want to revitalize their spiritual practice through the pursuit of an artistic medium.

Come and explore the grounds at Holy Cross Monastery, including our shoreline on the Hudson. Take pictures with your digital camera or smartphone camera. Engage in photography as a contemplative practice.

Paul Kimmerling is a retreat and workshop leader, spiritual director and practitioner of contemplative photography. His current programs include “Live the Questions”, a week-long retreat on the lives of Sts. Francis and Clare, in Assisi, Italy, and “Loving the World: Photography as Spiritual Practice”. Through 2012, he was a lay leader at Christ the King, Stone Ridge, and St Andrew’s, New Paltz, where he contributed programming and preaching. He is a board member of the Companions of Mary the Apostle, a religious community of Episcopal women, in West Park, NY. Read more about Paul, and his work, at http://www.paulkimmerling.com/

Cost: $300, deposit: $80

Categories: Retreats  |  Spiritual Direction  |  The Arts