Spirituality Through Our Feet: A Walking and Creating Weekend

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Spirituality Through Our Feet: A Walking and Creating Weekend

Camino Nova Scotia is pleased to present this weekend retreat, interspersing short nature walks with fixed schedules for creativity.

By Atlantic School of Theology

When and where

Date and time

Fri, May 5, 2023 7:00 PM - Sun, May 7, 2023 3:00 PM ADT


St. Luke's United Church 5374 Saint Margarets Bay Road Upper Tantallon, NS B3Z 2J1 Canada

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

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Camino Nova Scotia is pleased to present this weekend retreat, interspersing short nature walks with fixed schedules for creativity. For writers, artists, academics, cartoonists, knitters, or whatever creativity you have in mind! Here’s your chance to finally get a start on that project you’ve been dreaming of, or perhaps finish the one you have underway, using the principles of creating in social spaces (Murray) and timed productivity (Cirillo).


Friday May 5th to Sunday May 7th, 2023

Start time:

7:00 pm, Friday May 5th

End time:

3:00 pm, Sunday May 7th


Friday evening May 5, 2023, we gather at 7:00 pm in the Upper Hall of St. Luke’s United Church in Tantallon, NS, to outline our projects and commit to our work and walk.

We are following a form of the “Pomodoro Technique,” adapted to the traditional “Hours of the Church.”

In practice, this means that there will be firmly-fixed blocks of time. Each block includes a short meditation, followed by a long, timed period set aside for you to work in silence (according to the principles of social writing recommended by Rowena Murray), followed by set times of refreshment, walking, and relaxation.

The times set aside for your creative work are disciplined and regulated (silence, Internet and phones off except if required for your project), with times of accountability to others for the goals you’ve set out for yourself. On Sunday afternoon, before leaving, we have a chance to mark and to celebrate the progress we’ve made during the weekend. Please bring whatever supplies you need for your project.

The Walks:

Note that the beautiful Trans-Canada Trail here runs along a (level/zero-grade) former railway bed. As such, it is not a difficult trek, but rather a chance to get out and stretch your legs, clear the cobwebs, and drink in the fresh air!

Our events are open to everyone over 18 years of age who is up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, and is not experiencing symptoms or testing positive for the virus. Facemasks are strongly recommended in indoor settings when not eating or drinking.


St Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia (close to Halifax)St Luke’s United Church, 5374 St. Margaret's Bay Road, Upper Tantallon, NS(http://www.stlukesunited.ca/).

We will be using the Upper Hall for our creative times, and the gorgeous Trans-Canada Trail, just outside the church, for our walks.

Leadership Team:

Rev. Dr. Matthew Anderson and Rev. Dr. Kimber McNabb


$100 per person plus Eventbrite fee. Your registration and the subsidy provided by the Eastern Synod ELCIC cover the hall, the leadership, Saturday lunch and supper, Sunday lunch, and coffee times on Friday evening and Saturday. It also includes a print copy of the new book by Rob Fennell, Camino Close to Home.

(For the $50 concession rate for students, unwaged/underwaged, or youth under 30, click here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/copy-of-spirituality-through-our-feet-concession-rate-tickets-574695789577).

Accommodation and Transportation:

Not included. Please note that registrants are responsible for their own accommodation, and also for their own transportation to and from Halifax or the Halifax airport/bus/train station. If you would like to request a lift with others to and from the retreat, please let us know and we will pass on the request to the group.

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To learn more about Camino Nova Scotia, go to:


Brought to you by:

Sponsored by Camino Nova Scotia (Atlantic School of Theology) with major funding provided by the Eastern Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. We also thank the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism, and Heritage of the Province of Nova Scotia for their generous support of Camino Nova Scotia.

For more information:

For more information and the complete tentative schedule, see our website at www.CaminoNovaScotia.ca

Contact person:

Dr Matthew Anderson, Director of Camino Nova Scotia


About the organizer

Leaders come in many forms. Atlantic School of Theology helps lifelong learners, post-graduate students, those seeking church vocations, and many others reach their educational goals. AST balances practical skill development with the pursuit of scholarly wisdom.

AST is located in the heart of the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our peaceful grounds are highly conducive to study. The beautiful waterfront of the Northwest Arm is in our back yard, with the woodland Point Pleasant Park nearby.

We are shaped by a tradition of cooperation and respect, going back over 200 years, to create an open, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

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AST is a registered charity and welcomes donations in any amount (please click here).