TREMONT — The Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation is hosting a weekend retreat on Friday and Saturday with Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Ph.D. on Poetry, Prayer and Spiritual Practice at St. Andrew By the Lake Episcopal Church in Seal Cove.
Dr. Staudt works as a teacher, poet and spiritual director at several institutions in the Washington, D.C. area, including Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. Her classes focus on writing, poetry, spirituality and Christian vocation, especially from the point of view of laypersons. She has offered retreats and workshops at the Washington National Cathedral, including the annual Evelyn Underhill Day of Quiet offered at the cathedral each year in June, as well as conferences on poetry as spiritual practice. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in Weavings, Christianity and Literature, Cross Currents, Sewanee Theological Review, Living Prayer and The Anglican Theological Review. She is the author of two books of poems: “Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture” and “Weaving Back: Poems of Mothering Life.”
The afternoon and evening sessions on Friday are from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will explore connections between poetry and prayer in the practices of poets and contemplatives, reading together poems that engage the connections between the creative imagination and practices of prayer. The night ends with worship. Cost for the Friday program is $50 and includes a simple supper of soup, bread, refreshments and fruit.
Saturday’s session is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be devoted to attentive reading and writing of poetry, in particular looking at the ways poetry invites us into basic prayer practices such as adoration, praise, repentance, intercession, and quiet contemplation. Participants also will write some poetry as a way of experiencing the connection between the disciplines of poetry and the disciplines of the spiritual life. Cost is $50 and includes refreshments and snacks but not lunch.