I will be leading the service on MIRACLES at Jubille! Community Church in Asheville, NC on Sunday, Dec 5 @ 10:30AM. Please join us to celebrate creation & miracles!
One of my spiritual homes is Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist Monastery about 35 min north of Charleston that sits on a stunning former plantation. The Abbey has a Retreat Center I often stay at for a contemplative retreat (and highly recommend), and I have been going here regularly for 10+ years.
This year, in conjunction with their well-known Nativity Festival, I am offering a contemplative art installation for the Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival ~ the theme is Bethlehem Within. Tickets for the festival, which runs from Nov 15 - Dec 4 (but takes a break the week of Thanksgiving), will be available starting Friday, Oct 1.
2021 Mepkin Abbey Crèche Festival
November 15-21 & November 26-December 4
Mondays-Saturdays: 10 am-3 pm
Sundays: 1:30 pm-3pm
REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 1
BE STILL & KNOW is a contemplative installation envisioned and created by Charleston resident Cathryn the Grateful. The interactive piece is an invitation to take a seat on a monk’s prayer stool, to soften into your heart and in the stillness, to remember: you are a Child of God. The Stable is open and ready to receive the Holy Family in all forms ~ all part of you. Woven with river cane bamboo and Spanish moss, Mother Earth creates a Sacred Temple, symbolizing our connection to all Creation. Gaze into Christ’s manger and experience the Holy Child. You are invited to walk through the installation in silence, take a moment in prayer, and deepen into this year’s theme: Bethlehem Within.
CATHRYN THE GRATEFUL is a Minister of Movement and founder of A Living Temple, a non-denominational domestic temple based in Charleston SC that celebrates creation. She hosts a weekly Divine Dance Party and a radio show on Ohm Radio 96.3FM as well as workshops throughout the Southeast. Cathryn is an artist, dancer, documentary filmmaker, producer and sacred activist, and has studied with spiritual leaders globally across multiple faith traditions. She has been a regular guest at Mepkin Abbey for over 10 years. Learn more at: www.cathrynthegrateful.co
The cycles of this vast universe connect us to what is far greater than ourselves. Join Cathryn the Grateful + Friends to share in ceremonies to integrate 2021 fall eclipses: ECLIPSE IN TAURUS on November 19 and the December 4 ECLIPSE IN SAGGITARIUS.
In November, our ritual will Incorporate: what are we letting go of and what are we completing? We will explore by dropping in together, tapping into potent eclipse energy, and integrating these enegeretics through journaling prompts, prayer, deep listening (music), and dance.
The December eclipse has to do with what we are burning ~ a new fire, a fire of wisdom, the fire of adventure. Our ritual will call forth: What is opening? What is emerging now that there is space? We will ring Instruments and call forth what is coming forward, be it subtle or vivid ~ as we step into the darkness of Winter Solstice.
These 2-hour seminars are by registration only.
FRIDAY, NOVEMEBER 19: 6 - 8PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4: 10AM - 12PM
Seminars will be both in-person and via ZOOM.
They are $22 per seminar, or $40 for both seminars.
Are you craving ocean medicine? Are you seeking a space to retreat, to rest, to dance? For the first time ever, I am offering SEA & DANCE personalized retreats. You are invited to stay at A Living Temple for 1-3 nights, a domestic Temple on James Island on a private lake just 10 minutes from Folly Beach. The home includes a large open kitchen, a screened in porch for meals, a dock with a canoe, a hammock, a trampoline, and a nourishing place to retreat. Your visit includes:
~ Private Guest Room (king bed)
~ Daily access to Dance Sanctuary for movement, stretching & dance
~ One-on-one movement practice with Rev Cathryn the Grateful
~ Beach tools (beach chair & beach towel)
~ Full access to A Living Temple including Red Reading Room (sacred & transformation library), hammock, dock on lake, kitchen access, and Dance Sanctuary
~ Morning Coffee or Tea and light breakfast
~ Beverage Fridge (selzer, tea, water, etc)
~ Local recommendations for Lowcountry experiences
Longer retreats are available with the opportunity for a 1-month sabbatical if desired. Contact me directly at email@example.com for pricing and further details.
Interested? You are invited to have a short phone call with me to discern your goals for this retreat, so that I can help curate a one-of-a-kind experience incorporating the ocean, movement, and relaxation. Let's envision personalized aspects of a retreat, like a Daily Green Smoothie, to enhance your stay.