(Not) Naming the Divine, a PrayerSong Workshop

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(Not) Naming the Divine, a PrayerSong Workshop

November 16, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Mary Oliver wrote “I do not know exactly what a prayer is.” Carrie Newcomer sings “I do not know Its name.” Yet both artists describe beautifully their encounters with the Divine.

We too experience the sacred in our ordinary lives when we stop to notice. Let’s take Mary Oliver’s instructions to heart: “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

In this workshop, you will have time to be inspired by PrayerSongs and poetry and to listen to your inner voice and explore the ways you personally connect with what is sacred to you. As your heart opens to this inspiration, you’ll be invited to write your own poem or PrayerSong, following clear, simple prompts.


Saturday, November 16th


9:30AM – 12:00PM


$45.00 (partial scholarships available)


The Hill (part of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd), 1700 Woodland Avenue, 78741


Julie Bowman
About our Facilitator

Julie Bowman

Julie Bowman has been teaching Mindful Photography classes around Austin almost as long as she’s been reading Mary Oliver and humming along with Carrie Newcomer. She describes this workshop as “perfect for poetry lovers who don’t (yet) consider themselves poets.”

Summer PrayerSong offered by Julie Bowman

I do not know its name…

But it looks like a heron rising slowly from the river

And like purple shadows of clouds in a golden sky.

It tastes like ripe peaches plucked warm from the tree

And like homemade chocolate cookies with ginger presented by a smiling friend.

It smells like sweet basil brushed by your own appreciative hand

And like the skin of an eleven-day-old infant quieting as you murmur sweet nothings.

It sounds like Carolina wrens singing joy at daybreak

And like the voices of children through your wooden fence, laughing and shouting.

It feels like long fingers wrapping around your own.

It feels like trust and gratitude.

It feels like Love.


November 16, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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