Deep Embodied Prayer: A Workshop
March 13, 2021 @ 2:00PM — 4:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
A creative, contemplative gathering of using body as prayer.
Deep Embodied Prayer
Saturday, March 13 | 2pm - 4:30pm (2.5 hours with half hour break inbetween)
Tickets $ 25
Event on Zoom, led by Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil
Prayer looks and feels different for each of us. Many of us pray using our hearts, minds, and words—but we can also pray in a deeply embodied way, sending our prayers through the vessel of our physical being.
In this experiential workshop, we will:
- explore a range of different types of body prayer
- work with chant, movement, and gesture to express gratitude, offer and receive blessing, and cultivate our individual prayer life
- develop simple, daily practices to deepen our physical connection with the sacred
The forms of body prayer we'll work with are available to anyone, regardless of range of movement or physical ability. You won't need a lot of space to move around, but it's helpful to join the workshop from a place where you have enough privacy and quiet to feel comfortable engaging in physical prayer. You are welcome to practice any portion of this workshop with your camera turned off.
Reverend Simon Ruth de Voil is an interfaith/interspiritual musical minister, trained to be a sacred presence outside the conventions of traditional religion. As a musician, spiritual mentor and worship leader he incorporates chant, ritual, poetry, storytelling, and mindful practice to create a space for profound connection and sacred witness.
Simon is an accomplished musician and songwriter with 30 years of experience as a performer. Originally a folk musician, he still very occasionally tours in Australia, Canada, and Scotland, as well as the US.
For the last 14 years, though, Simon’s focus and calling has been in sacred music. This grew out of his work at Iona Abbey, and has since led him to provide music for worship, ceremony, and prayer in a wide variety of churches and non-religious spiritual communities. He particularly loves to create music for meditation, healing services, and rites of passage.
For the past 5 years, Simon has served as director of the musical ministry for Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center in Port Townsend, WA. He’s also a youth mentor, a maker of sacred objects, and a YouTuber. He considers his livestream channel and online community worship services to be among his most creative and vibrant musical offerings.
You can find out more about Simon and hear his music at www.simondevoil.com