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Sounding the Soul: Living as an Instrument of Grace

Harry Pickens waits quietly at the piano, attuning his intuition to the person who is about to receive the gift of a lifetime — a personalized, spontaneous musical portrait.

The music begins — pouring forth in wave after wave of pure creativity, reflecting aspects of this person Harry may never have met before, yet as he taps into the infinite intuitive reservoir within, the music flows. 

The recipient sits quietly, listening deeply. Tears begin to flow. Even the audience members sense the profound connection and the ways in which THIS music in THIS moment reflects essential qualities of THIS person.

Afterwards, the recipient is touched, moved, often stunned. The music has helped to remind them of who they are at their core, and they now move forward with a deeper clarity, confidence, and commitment to living a more powerful and authentic life.

Those of us who choose the spiritual journey aspire to become living instruments through which the Divine might express those soul qualities of love, kindness, compassion, wisdom, creativity, mercy, joy. The classic prayer of St. Francis expresses this longing eloquently — ‘Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.’ 

In Sounding The Soul, the School of Divinity will gather together with Harry to explore simple yet powerful practices that allow us to deepen our conscious capacity to embody love, to exemplify compassion, to express creativity, to be peace — to ‘tune’ our hearts, minds, brains, and bodies to the Divine ‘music’ that is always ready to pour through us. We will discover within the core of our own beings that sacred presence and power that seeks to flow through us in service of Love. 

We will use music as model and metaphor to unlock the mysteries of grace, that we each might leave our time together renewed, refreshed, restored and ready to be about our sacred task as we work to build the Beloved Community here and now.

When and Where:
The retreat will be held on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Episocpal Church in Winston-Salem.  

There is a registration fee of $10. 

Reserve your space today by completing the online registrationSpace is limited, so sign up today!

Submit Payment:
Submit payment online after completing the online registration no later than Friday, September 8. Online payment instructions are included on the registration page.

About Our Retreat Leader, Harry Pickens
Harry Pickens is a modern-day renaissance man. An award-winning performing artist, educator, composer, author, workshop faciliator and life transformation coach, his international career as a jazz pianist has taken him to 17 countries throughout Europe, Japan, and the Americas, featuring collaborative performances with hundreds of the world’s top jazz artists and educators, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, and James Moody. Performance credits include recordings on the Blue Note label, international radio and television appearances (including Marian MacPartland’s Piano Jazz) ,and engagements in top concert and club venues worldwide.

Mr. Pickens has also composed over 100 choral works, including settings of the poetry of Wendell Berry,  and his musical adaptation of Suzan Zeder’s Wiley and The Hairy Man received the 2015 American Alliance For Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award. His composition ‘The Awakening Heart’ was featured in a personal performance for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The 2009 recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Award For The Arts In Education, the state's highest honor in the creative and performing arts, Mr. Pickens also serves as Artist-In-Residence for the Kentucky Governor’s School For The Arts and served as Ambassador For Artistry In Education at Berklee School of Music during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Emmy®-award winning documentary, Harry Pickens In The Garden of Music, produced by Kentucky Educational Television, featured Mr. Pickens’ solo piano performances while exploring his personal, musical and pedagogical philosophy.

In 2013, Mr. Pickens successfully completed the nation’s first Certification in Applied Positive Psychology program, offered through The Flourishing Center. As a life transformation coach, he develops and shares practical applications of cutting-edge research in the science of wellbeing. Founder and director of BrainMind ReDesign™, he helps his individual and organizational clients learn how to rewire their brains for less stress, more joy, greater productivity, and more ease.

Blending his artistic identity with cutting-edge research in peak performance psychology, he has taught over 20,000 musicians how to transform performance anxiety into rock-star confidence through his From StageFright to Standing Ovation™ workshops, and has presented keynote concerts, workshops and seminars for hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, and the arts.

Mr. Pickens is author of Fifteen Minutes To Freedom: The Power and Promise of Havening Techniques®. and In Tune: Lessons In Life From A Life In Music (spring 2017 release).

The Fall retreat is sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Life. For more information, contact Chris Copeland, Kerri Gibbs, or Shakeisha Gray.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 9:00am to 2:00pm

St. Paul's Episcopal Church 520 Summit St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Religious Observance, Arts & Entertainment, Music, Student Life


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