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    Convergence 2016 Writers Weekend  

    Silverton Memorial Hall, BC


    Looking for a way to use your writing talents to inspire and guide a progressive 21st century? Join renowned Canadian authors J. Edward Chamberlin and Sharon Butala for Convergence 2016: The Spirit in the Landscape, a special weekend writers’ retreat held inSilverton, BC, May 13-14 at the Silverton Memorial Hall.

    Subtitled “If this is your land, where are your stories?” from Chamberlin’s book of the same name, this year’s Convergence explores the growing worldwide movement to make sacred again our relationship with Nature, to return us to a sense that all beings are sacred and we are merely one strand in that web.

    All stories, songs and poems teach values. This is an understanding inherent in many First Nations mythologies. Now at the other end of the industrial and technological revolutions, it’s time to allow ourselves to be re-absorbed into that sense of the sacred. And often it’s our storytellers, poets and indigenous elders who lead the way in crafting the narratives that point us in the direction of such a sacred relationship.

    Located 100 km. north of popular small arts town Nelson, BC, Silverton and New Denver are inspiring communities in the gorgeous Valhalla mountain range on the shores of pristine Slocan Lake—a truly inspiring setting. Local accommodations are affordable and the strong organic farming ethic in the Slocan Valley means you’ll eat healthy while here.

    Convergence was founded in 2012 by author Sean Arthur Joyce with a mandate to help writers concerned with social and environmental justice to polish their skills and engage in stimulating discussion with world-class authors. Included on the Convergence board are renowned Canadian poet Tom Wayman and Rev. Dr. Therese DesCamp, an advocate for progressive, inclusive spirituality.

    Friday, May 13, 7 p.m.

    Presentation by Sharon Butala and J. Edward Chamberlin followed by audience Q&A. Open to the public.

    Saturday, May 14

    Writing workshops

    Open to registrants only; registrants can take one or both workshops.

    • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Sharon Butala
    • 2:00 – 5:00 pm:  J. Edward Chamberlin 
    • 7:00 pm: Spirit in the Landscape panel discussion with Sharon Butala, J. Edward Chamberlin, Therese DesCamp, and Sean Arthur Joyce

    Full registration (online or at the door) covers Friday night and Saturday night events, plus Saturday writing workshops: $35.

    Saturday only admission (writing workshops and/or evening panel discussion): $35.

    Friday evening only admission: $5.

    NOTE: While we are happy to provide links to area accommodations, Convergence is not providing accommodations for registrants.



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