Scribbling as Sacred Writing?

I’ll be doing a one and a half hour workshop as part of the annual Women’s Spirituality Celebration Planning on Saturday, March 14, 2009

at the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace


The 2009 Theme is Relearning ancient wisdom –  Reclaiming Our Sacred and Sensual Feminine”


 My workshop is:

Scribbling as Spiritual Practice/Sacred Writing


Scribbling as sacred mark-making

When children scribble, it is, at first, for the pure pleasure of using their body to make marks. The workshop will begin with comments about artmaking as spiritual practice from ancient times to modern and the reclaiming of “Visio Divina”.

After an introduction of children’s art development and their “purpose” in scribbling, the group will scribble with crayons while considering their own spiritual lives and practices.  We will paint over the scribbles, and while they dry, look at ancient mark-making including runes. After the pieces dry, participants will etch into the piece their message/commitment/wish – either in runes or symbols.


Mary Bennett has a B.Ed. in Art Education facilitates workshops on “kindergarten for adults”. She is a practising visual artist working in mixed-media collage primarily and considers artmaking her form of meditation. Mary is an active member of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and was the Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council, the national office of the Unitarian Church from 2000-2008.  For more information, go to


I’ve been web-surfing and learning more about   “Visio Divina” – art viewing and making as spiritual practice.



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