The Canterbury Pilgrims Festival offers the choice of three workshops. On 12 June join poet Victoria Field for an afternoon of poetry on the theme of pilgrimage, or discover the University of Kent’s labyrinth, a metaphor for pilgrimage, with Conscious Cafe. On 14 June a full-day pilgrim workshop at Canterbury Cathedral will explore the pilgrimage routes of Canterbury, inspiring and informing those who are interested in undertaking their own pilgrimage. See more details below!
Consciouscafe Labyrinth – Journey of Life
Leads: Victoria Fields and Maggie Smith
Time: 6.30 –9.00pm
Location: The Labyrinth at Kent University . Directions available at https://www.kent.ac.uk/creativecampus/projects/learning/labyrinth/about.html
Registration fee: Free
Come to ConsciousCafe to meet others and explore the journey of life using walking the labyrinth as a metaphor of life’s journey. We meet once a month to enjoy mind-expanding conversations in a safe space with like-minded people.
We will look at the value of walking as a tool for meditation and reflection. The labyrinth was used in the past as a substitute for pilgrimage.
Victoria Fields is a poet and writer who has written about her own experience of pilgrimage walking the Camino in her book “Baggage”. Maggie Smith is a counsellor who was involved with the development of the labyrinth at the University of Kent and undertook a labyrinth facilitator training at Chartres Cathedral.
Poetry and Pilgrimage
Lead: Victoria Field (The Poetry Practice Ltd)
This workshop is open to anyone interested in creative writing, poetry and ideas of pilgrimage. We will do some close reading of writing about pilgrimage, discuss some of the ideas and write in response, all in the historic setting of the Marlowe Kit. No previous writing experience necessary but if you are a seasoned writer, expect to come away with several drafts of new work.
Location: The Marlowe Kit, Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NZ
Registration fee: £10
Pilgrim Workshop – Canterbury Cathedral, Clagett Auditorium
The Pilgrim Workshop is a full day of talks exploring the pilgrimage routes of Canterbury, engagement with natural and built heritage while on a pilgrimage and concluding with a panel of experienced pilgrims reflecting on their motivations for undertaking a pilgrimage and answering questions from the audience on both reflective and practical topics.
This workshop will be of interest to ‘armchair’ pilgrims (those whose interests lie in the history and stories of pilgrimage), those who have walked or cycled a pilgrimage route and anyone who has the desire to go on a pilgrimage and would like to learn how to go about it.
Location: The Workshop will take place in Canterbury Cathedral’s beautiful Clagett Auditorium. Participants will have access to the Cathedral grounds throughout the day.
Registration Fee £12 (includes three rounds of refreshments, a buffet lunch and access to Canterbury Cathedral)
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