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Crafting Your Heart Story: Arts-Based Explorations of Contemplative Activism

June 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

June retreat with Kerr Mesner

An online retreat with Dr. Kerr Mesner
Friday, June 11th, 10am-3pm ET/7am-12pm PT
Sliding scale fee: $175-$125
ACMHE members receive $25 discount (join here), access grants available to cover $50

Update, 6/11: Registration Has Now Closed

Contemplation shapes our activism… and our activism needs the grounding roots of contemplation. In this daylong retreat, we will combine contemplative and arts-based practices to reflect on our own activist journeys. We will draw on a range of accessible creative practices and share our journeys as contemplative activists. We will also practice deep listening—to ourselves, to each other, and to that deeper wellspring from which contemplative practice arises.

Our day will include a combination of large and small group discussions, arts-based contemplative practices, and individual and group experiences. These creative practices include activities such as free writing, found poetry, and gentle theater-based work. Bring your own arts-based practices to the retreat day, too. No special supplies are required, just items that can be found around the home.

Everyone is welcome at this retreat: those with no creative experience, with lots of experience, and everyone in between!


This retreat is facilitated responsively to the needs of the participants. It will be experiential, interactive, and participatory. Our day will include:

  • Sharing arts-based contemplative practices in community
  • Time for deep listening and sharing stories in community
  • The option to enjoy the lunch break with others
  • The opportunity to share your artistic rendering or work in progress with other participants
  • Opportunities to pause, reflect, and recharge for your work as a contemplative activist.

Kerr MesnerKerr Mesner, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Chair: Women’s, Transgender, and Queer Studies, at Wells College. He is a spiritual director, a queer/transgender theologian, a theatre performer and educator, and an activist. Kerr’s current areas of activism and writing include contemplative practice, anti-oppressive approaches to education, transgender studies, gender and sexual diversity in education, and arts-based education. Kerr brings a background in theology, pastoral ministry, professional musical theatre, and queer activism to these current areas of research.


June 11, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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