Symposium held at Shatford Centre

South Okanagan residents will have the opportunity to expand their understanding of the connection between creativity and spirituality.

South Okanagan residents will have the opportunity to expand their understanding of the intrinsic connection between creativity and spirituality featured at the Shatford Centre in Penticton on Oct. 23 to 25.

Bringing together artists and members of faith traditions, this symposium will offer workshops exploring creative potential.

Registration information is available at inSpiritfestival.com.

The weekend will begin on Friday with a full day seminar, Celebration of Living and Possibility, featuring Canadian artists Anne Mortifee and Sherrill Miller.

An evening gathering Friday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. will feature Mortifee as the keynote speaker and exhibits of visual art from various facilitators.

A series of 12 experiential workshops will be offered on Saturday facilitated by talented, spiritually inspired artists from throughout our area and other parts of B.C.

The workshops, range in length from one and a half hours to a full day.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, come and explore your creative potential by selecting a workshop of painting, writing, drumming, fibre arts, calligraphy, sacred dance, hatha yoga and writing or understanding dreams.

Saturday evening will feature a multi-cultural buffet dinner.

The keynote speaker will be Swami Jyotihananda from the Yasodhara Ashram.

Sunday’s morning program will provide a variety of forms of meditation and contemplative practices.

The afternoon will feature a round table discussion of the nature of creativity in faith and spirituality.  Faith leaders and practitioners not practicing a faith tradition will be invited to offer their perspectives on creativity and spirituality.

The Inspirit community will be encouraged to participate in this discussion.

The Okanagan School of the Arts received an Inter-Action Multiculturalism Grant from the Government of Canada for this event. Plans are in place to hold this festival as an annual cross-cultural event.

For more information, visit www.inspiritfestival.com. To register, visit www.osarts.com.