Currently, a group of writers are gathering at the Institute for a week “Apart, and yet a Part.” Most of our summer writing workshops feature writing instruction and group workshopping of participants’ work. This week is a little different. “Apart, and yet a Part” is designed to give participants maximum time and freedom for writing, along with access to writing coaching from Michael N. McGregor, an English professor at Portland State University. Opportunities to gather with fellow writers, common meals, meetings with local artists, and liturgy with the monks of St. John’s Abbey also punctuate the week. Yesterday, the group enjoyed a tea ceremony and tour of the St. John’s pottery studio with master potter, Richard Bresnahan. Ruth Everhart, one of the participants in “Apart, and yet a Part” describes the experience in a post on her blog: The Fire of Hospitality: the Benedictine Way.
Ruth writes: “Today I enjoyed Benedictine hospitality with a cup of tea in the Japanese style, and a piece of homemade custard pie, served on a handmade plate and garnished with strawberries.” Check out what else she has to say about Benedictine spirituality and her time at the Institute so far: http://www.rutheverhart.com/blog/?p=3462
Image: Washington, Rosemary. Bresnahan, Richard.