Theopoetics and Midrash: with Sally Longley
Tikkun olam refers to the Jewish imperative to engage in acts which heal the world’s wounds. Both theopoetics and engaging in Midrash contribute towards such healing. Theopoetics is a way to do religious reflection that gives particular attention to poetic, narrative and artistic responses to a sacred text, as well as validating experience and bodily responses. So it sits as a comfortable sister alongside the tradition of midrash, where we enter into the scenes and lives of biblical texts, in order to portray the silences and voice that which is silenced.
You do not need to be a poet, writer or artist. Come with your imagination and the desire to foster healing.
This course offers fresh ways to draw alongside others if we are in any of the caring professions.
Three sessions starting at 9:30 am at WellSpring with time for interaction with others.
BYO lunch, journal and art materials.
Morning and afternoon tea provided
Choose from various price options:
Regular ($150), Discount ($100), Premium($200), Receive a voucher ($75) ie accept sponsorship from someone else, Buy a voucher for someone else ($75)
More about Sally:
Sally Longley is a Spiritual Companion and retreat leader, having studied spiritual direction in both the USA and Australia. Sally has been a member of the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction as well as serving for 6 years as the president of the Australian Network for Spiritual Direction. She has trained as a supervisor, and is also a Veriditas Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. Along with her husband and some community members, she designed and built the two labyrinths at the Canisius Centre for Ignatian Spirituality in Pymble, Sydney – one a Chartres pattern and one a classic pattern.
Sally is also part of a 4-year training program team, designed for those who want to be formed as spiritual directors.
Sally is a qualified Giver of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and recently completed her doctorate. She has written “Conversations with Silence” and “Walking the Labyrinth as the Beloved in John’s Gospel”, and produced the 3 set DVD/video on “5 Ways to Pray”.
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