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Grosvenor Park United Church (pr. Grow-v’nor) is pleased to announce that the second Contemplative Arts Festival of Saskatoon will be held from June 1 to 4, 2023. Following a successful inaugural event in 2019, the church will once again sponsor three and a half days of arts programming and conversation meant to encourage deep connection and self-expression. Everyone’s welcome!
“We’re thrilled to bring back this unique event,” says Brenda Baker, chair of the festival. “Our first festival was well attended, with great reviews. This tells us people are looking for the chance to connect with one another and with their spiritual selves in meaningful ways.”
While the Contemplative Arts Festival is largely a free event, there’s limited space for certain workshops, such as birchbark basket making, breadmaking, and painting. Therefore, nominal advance registration fees are necessary. There are plenty of drop-in opportunities as well, for such activities as working with clay, Zentangle drawing, and origami. There’ll be an installation entitled Ribbon Skirts: A Sacred Journey, which explores the spiritual practices involved in creating these beautiful Indigenous items. And throughout the schedule there’ll be live music, panel discussions, and ongoing vocal workshops with our artist-in-residence, Stephanie Tillman.
Our website – ContemplativeArtsFestival.ca – contains bios for over twenty artists and presenters, along with a schedule jam-packed with interesting, contemplative activities. Come walk our labyrinth, enjoy slow tea, introduce yourself to T’ai Chi Chih, or contribute to a community mural. Simply pause your phone and unplug to connect!
Grosvenor Park United is in Saskatoon at the corner of 14th and Cumberland.