Contemplative Crafting

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    About Ellen of Contemplative Crafting

    "Let's make something!"

    From my earliest memories, I said that – to my mom and grandma, my playmates and peers, and in the quiet company of my own imagination. I’ve always been an artistic autodidact (and if you are compelled to go and look that term up, you are probably one too!) and making craft, making art, making in its forms has always been at the core of who I am.

    Throughout my career in and around the classroom, my happiest and humblest moments have been when I am witness to the contemplation, insight and self-awareness that comes out of art-making, and boy, is it fun when there is great joy and laughter and delight as well – what a privilege to facilitate that!

    I am currently pursuing a Certificate in Spiritual Formation at Columbia Theological Seminary, where my focus is on the intersection of spirituality and creativity. I am both a leader and a learner in workshops and retreats on crafting as a spiritual practice.

    About Contemplative Crafting

    What is a contemplative practice? James Finley of Center for Action and Contemplation, calls it:

    any act, habitually entered into with your whole heart, as a way of awakening, deepening, and sustaining a contemplative experience of the inherent holiness of the present moment. 

    This notion of contemplative practice speaks deep and true to the dignity that has been present throughout time and place in the flourishing of a paintbrush, the wielding of an embroidery needle, the sculpting of clay and all making of new things from old that are the hallmarks of the creative spirit.

    For me, crafting as both an artistic endeavor and a spiritual one means sinking deeply into a mindful and meditative place of seeing, hearing, imagining and creating. Contemplative crafting yields not only new works but new ways of thinking and knowing and being in the world.

    Location: Stone Mountain, GA, USA

    https://contemplativecrafting.com/

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