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Courtney Blossman Art Cottage

Everyday Indwelling with Ellen Gabardi

In the spirit of Walter Anderson and the deep interconnectedness of everyday life, Ellen Gabardi leads a two-week virtual Individual Noticing Practice followed by an in-person Communal Reflection Day.

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Everyday Indwelling with Ellen Gabardi
Everyday Indwelling with Ellen Gabardi

Time & Location

Sep 24, 2022, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

Courtney Blossman Art Cottage, 505 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS 39564, USA

About The Event

This two-week program is an invitation to be guided by Ellen Gabardi to more deeply notice what is right in front of you in your everyday life. For two weeks, participants will be inspired and encouraged, via e-mails from Ellen, to notice and capture elements of home, primarily using photography with occasional simple writing prompts, at their own pace. Then, at the end of the two-week noticing practice, participants will gather in person for a day-long retreat for communal reflection, where participants will be invited and supported to share at their own comfort level.

FRI, SEP 9 - FRI, SEP 23 | Individual Noticing Practice

This practice is done from your own home and at your own pace. Photography is encouraged as the primary tool for noticing (cell phone cameras are more than sufficient). 

SAT, SEP 24 | Communal Reflection Day

9:15 — Arrival at Art Cottage

9:30-10:45 — Contemplative gathering

11:00 - 12:00 — WAMA Tour focused on new exhibition, Return to Oldfields

12:00 - 1:30 — Lunch Break (Not provided)

1:30 - 2:45 — Contemplative gathering

3:00 - 4:00 — Art Reflection & Closing

4:15 — Departure

Ellen Gabardi has been leading small contemplative groups for 30 years. She completed a 2-year training in Leading Small Groups and Retreats from Shalem, a contemplative institute in Washington DC, and a 2-year training in Spiritual Direction from The Center for Ministry at Millsaps College. Ellen also completed Education for Ministry and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1.

Non-Members: $50 | Members: $40

Questions? Contact our Education Director, Tony DiFatta, at or Ellen Gabardi at

NOTE: This program is most beneficial with a certain amount of participants. If there are not enough participants and the program is postponed, you can expect communication no later than THU, SEP 8 prior to the beginning of the Individual Noticing Practice.

Artwork pictured: Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965). Sissy Picking Zinnias. c. 1941. Pen and Ink. Collection of Mary Anderson Pickard.


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