It was with some trepidation that I booked myself and a friend into the Art and Poetry course at Ashburnham Place back in March.
I had always fancied myself as a budding poet with an artistic edge but somehow the thought of being amongst others who might actually be good at this stuff was a little daunting. However, I am happy to report that the experience turned out to be far better than I could ever have imagined and rather than coming away feeling useless or not good enough I came away feeling encouraged and eager to put into practise what I had learnt.
There were twelve people on the course from all sorts of backgrounds aged between thirty and eighty. We all set about painting and writing and generally enjoying the space and freedom to be creative in our own way.
Jim’s Poetry sessions were inspiring as well as informative and included discussion and conversations that were both challenging and thought provoking. Graham Hudson, an artist and the Creative Director at the Mustard Tree in
Manchester (you can hear his amazing testimony on the Ashburnham website) was quietly patient and incredibly encouraging and offered help and advice for those who needed it.
As well as the art and poetry sessions there was an opportunity to join another group that were staying in the house for times of worship and prayer. Those who went to these meetings were really blessed and on the last evening the two groups shared communion and prayed for one another.
All in all the whole experience was very rewarding. I found that God spoke clearly to me through the experience and through the other people who shared it with me. I felt spiritually refreshed and God healed a few old wounds that I had become use to carrying. I am now looking forward to the next course and hope that others will join us who would like to find and explore their creative side; even if they worry that they might not have one!
14th to Friday 18th
There are still limited places available so it would be great to see you there.