Ruminate Retreat: Living Awake

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Our days are often busy and loud, yet we feel empty and asleep. Storytelling, art, and prayer remind us to slow down and live more fully awake with compassion, creativity, and curiosity. Join us at the rustic Ruminate Barn in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Saturday, October 1st—let's practice staying awake together!

The one-day retreat at the Ruminate Barn will run from 9:00 - 3:30 and includes:

  • Contemplative prayer time led by Ruminate staff.
  • A creative workshop led by fiber artist Sandra J. HopkinsParticipants are asked to bring items holding significance, especially those from past struggles, such as clothing, jewelry, scarves, letters (i.e shrines in closet). These items will be altered throughout the workshop session as we stitch back together our remnants into wholeness. 
  • We'll explore our stories through these reclaimed fabric remnants, and participants will have the option to display their work at the Saturday evening gathering, Nowhere Near: Encountering the Vast Landscapes of Art and Story.
  • No previous art experience needed
  • Lunch, snacks, coffee and tea will be provided
  • Quiet time for slowing down, journaling, and meditation

  • We're offering two scholarships based on financial need. See below for details

The retreat, like Ruminate, will be one of inspiration, community, and beauty. You will gain inspiration in our workshop, and you will be nourished by also having dedicated time for slowing down, writing and creativity, being outside, making friends, sketching, and being quiet in prayer. We hope you'll join us!

Sandra J. Hopkins is a fiber artist who lives in Northern Colorado. Ten years ago she began processing and ultimately healing from personal trauma. During this time she put up her paintbrushes and pulled down her grandmother’s sewing machine. As she sewed, she was unable to throw out scraps and remnants of fabric, hoping to find a way not to waste anything. Those remnants held histories and symbolized people in their perceived raggedness. In her quilts, Sandra reclaims scraps and quilts them together restoring and witnessing to wholeness, or holiness, revealed in disconnected, ordinary histories. Sandra has shown in group and juried exhibitions in the US and Canada, including Denver Art Museum’s SPUN Community Quilt exhibit, The Lincoln Center Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado and the Lookout Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. 

Ruminate is a reader-supported magazine helping you slow down, encounter honest storytelling, and awaken your heart. We are a 501c3 nonprofit, and proceeds from this gathering will benefit the publication of Ruminate and help us continue supporting and publishing the work of over 80 artists and writers each year. Spaces are limited, and tickets from our last event sold out, so please don't delay in enrolling!

*Scholarships: Ruminate is offering two full scholarships to individuals who would benefit from this retreat but are unable to afford it. Scholarships cover the Saturday Ruminate retreat and evening reception. To apply please email us and tell us why you’d like to come to the retreat. Send to editor(at) The cutoff date for scholarship requests will be September 15th, 2016. Please submit your request before then.