Peggy Herrick, artists and founder of Journey Daybook, Inc., came to work on her project, The Journey Daybook: The Birth of a Unique Journal Practice. Peggy first came to Collegeville a number of years ago to attend the retreat, Praying with Imagination, led by Kathleen Cahalan and sponsored by Seeing the Word: The Saint John’s Bible. She has returned many times, but this past fall was Peggy’s first stay at the Collegeville Institute.
Journey Daybook, Inc. is a nonprofit committed to teaching, learning, and sharing the practice of creating illustrated journals. Peggy and her fellow journal artists offer retreats and form community around their journaling practice. Peggy, who began her own practice of creating illustrated journals for personal healing has watched the program expand and touch the lives of many, allowing those who practice to “slow down, contemplate, and observe more deeply and clearly.”
During an art exhibition of Peggy’s work along with other illustrated journal artists, at the House of Jonah (the Resident Scholar studies) faculty and staff of Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict, along with members of the monastic community were drawn into Journey Daybook’s commitment to slowing down, contemplation, and observation.
A number of Peggy’s pages on exhibit reflected her time at the Collegeville Institute and Saint John’s Abbey and University. Walking along the exhibit, those familiar with our setting saw the Great Hall, the Abbey Church, a crucifix from our meeting space in the House of Jonah and the Stickworks – Lean on Me exhibit at the Arboretum, all captured in Peggy’s work.