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A workshop with Jan Richardson on grief, renewal & the creative life

April 23, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

April 22 & 23, 2022 via Zoom (EDT)

There are periods of our life when we have to live with grief. So how do we do that? And can we transform it into something that has meaning and purpose?

As one well acquainted with grief following the sudden death of her husband, Jan Richardson leads this workshop on how our losses can invite our creative energy and how that energy can transform grief into something more.

Jan has used writing and art as pathways in her loss. She will share her work and talk  about how that work continues to transform her as she makes a new and unexpected life.

Workshop Elements

~Jan will read from her work and talk about how the creative process can happen in and around grief. She will reflect on how both grief and creativity are untidy, unpredictable, and tangled, and how the places where they intersect can become spaces of grace and transformation.

~Jan will share her visual art and talk about the practice of making it—the role that uncertainty plays, how the process can serve as a doorway to something new, and the spirit that moves through this. She’ll also reflect on how the creative process can become a solace and a balm for a grieving mind.

~Jan will invite the group to talk about their own creative practices and what part those play in living with grief.




All times are Eastern Daylight Time
Friday, April 22
9:00 – 9:30 PM:  Compline- Contemplative prayer service of scripture and music with a reading by Jan Richardson

Saturday, April 23
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Welcome, introduction, conversation with Jan (by the facilitator).
11:00 – 12:00 PM: Jan reads from her work and shares her visual art.
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch Break
12:45 – 1:30: Conversation with participants about their creative practices
1:30 – 1:45 : Break
1:45 – 2:30: Jan concludes with discussion on the transformation of sorrow and an invitation to the group to cultivate their own creative practices

All sessions will be recorded and available after the retreat.

Have questions? Email Nancy LeVasseur for more information.


April 23, 2022
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Saint James Episcopal Church
103 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602 United States
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Saint James Episcopal Church
119 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

The Rev. David W. Peck, Rector
The Rev. Shayna Watson, Associate Rector
The Rev. Glenn Miller, Priest Associate

Weekend Services

Sunday Mass 8:30 AM
Sunday Mass 10:30 AM

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan, Bishop
Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania


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