Artist Retreat

Making & Breaking: Spiritual Formation in the Creative Process
All forms of art-making (fine arts, poetry, music, composition, choreography, etc.) involve a discovery process whereby the author or artist must undergo a “breaking”— a sense of loss, a feeling of aloneness or creative uncertainty. It’s in that process that new and fresh pathways are carved for creative expression.

A corresponding losing or breaking also happens, literally, in the work itself: a painting is scraped away or over-painted; a poem is scrapped or radically and surgically revised; a musical composition is reworked so thoroughly that it seems only a vestige remains of the first draft.

We will explore both the artistic “making and breaking” and its spiritual counterpart in Christ’s radical “re-vision-ing” of our persons in and through our work as artists-losing in order to find and be found.

Bruce Herman
Artist and Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in the Fine Arts, Gordon College, Bruce completed both undergraduate and graduate fine arts degrees at Boston University School for the Arts. His paintings, prints, and drawings have been shown internationally. bruceherman.comArtist
Additional programming details coming soon.
Registration Fees
Standard: $315
Premium: $365

To register, locate your specific retreat on our Schedule, click “Sign Up Now,” then follow the instructions.

Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11. The retreat will conclude Sunday, October 14, at 11:00 a.m., followed by brunch. Click here for directions and more information on how to prepare for your visit.

David Dark
Author of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons and Other Pop Culture Icons and The Gospel According to America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea. A resident of Nashville, Tennessee, he is married to singer/songwriter Sarah Masen, and teaches at Belmont.

Matthew Perryman Jones
Singer-songwriter; Nashville, Tennessee

Sarah Masen
Singer-songwriter; Nashville, Tennessee