Playing and Praying with Clay

Playing and Praying with Clay

Denise Griebler

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Program information

Cost: Sliding Scale $500, $375, $250

The cost includes the programming, overnight accommodations, and meals Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch. 

Potter, sculptor, philosopher MC Richards said, “It’s not pots we are making, it’s ourselves.”  Come to the mountain at the height of Autumn colors.  Take some clay in your hands and listen to your life.  Listen to the wind and leaves.  Walk the stony paths.  We’ll listen and wonder and create as we reflect on our lives and our place in family of things.  Along the way we may encounter wonder, grief, gratitude, and a sense of coming home to ourselves.  

No need to worry about being an artist or having any previous experience with clay!  We’ll share poems and stories, have time for silence and writing, wilderness wandering, a walk through neighboring Columcille Megalith Park and Labyrinth.  And we’ll give ourselves to the shaping of clay as reflection and offering.

Denise Griebler is a potter and an ordained UCC pastor.  She pastored congregations for over 30 years. She’s the founder of MannaWorks pottery studio at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Detroit, where she also served as pastor-in-charge until her retirement in 2023.  Denise has a long history as a human rights and social justice activist, pastor, potter and retreat leader. Denise trusts and cultivates the connections between nature, spirituality, creativity, beauty, justice and joy.