Live Awake Retreat Day


Sometimes we find ourselves nowhere near the place we most want to be. In that moment we stand on the border between isolation and solitude, loneliness and being alone.



Photo credit to Gabriel Woolever


Nowhere Near: Encountering the Vast Landscapes of Art and Story

FEATURING Art from Richard Terrell and Sandra Hopkins

In celebration of Ruminate’s Issue No. 40: Nowhere Near, join us for an intimate gathering to slow down and encounter the vast landscapes of art and story. We’ll hear from the artists about their artistic process, about times when they’ve felt nowhere near anything or anyone, and how they see art as a healing gift in their life.

We’ll also hear from the Ruminate staff, and guests will have the chance to participate and respond to to the theme of Nowhere Near with their own writing or sketching.

Original artwork, signed prints, and Ruminate merchandise will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Ruminate, a reader-supported, nonprofit magazine. Event is curated by local Fort Collins artist Scott Laumann.

The Ruminate community knows that our days are often busy and loud, yet we feel empty and asleep. Storytelling and art reminds us to slow down and live more fully awake with compassion, creativity, and curiosity. Join us on October 1st—let’s practice staying awake together!

Complimentary dessert and drinks provided.

Limited Number of Tickets Available–Reserve your ticket here:

*Can’t make it to the reception? Visit the exhibit during the open gallery hours: Wednesday, September 28—Saturday, October 1st from noon-six p.m.

Richard Terrell is an emeritus professor of fine arts and humanities at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska. He is a painter, author, and theater performer and maintains a studio in the Burkholder Project in Lincoln’s Haymarket district. As previous acting director of Ad Lib, a Colorado-based retreat for the arts, he facilitated group discussions on issues pertaining to arts, faith, and community. He has shown in numerous group and solo juried exhibitions.

Sandra J. Hopkins is a fiber artist who lives in Northern Colorado. Ten years ago she began processing and ultimately healing from personal trauma. During this time she put up her paintbrushes and pulled down her grandmother’s sewing machine. As she sewed, she was unable to throw out scraps and remnants of fabric, hoping to find a way not to waste anything. Those remnants held histories and symbolized people in their perceived raggedness. In her quilts, Sandra reclaims scraps and quilts them together restoring and witnessing to wholeness, or holiness, revealed in disconnected, ordinary histories. Sandra has shown in group and juried exhibitions in the US and Canada, including Denver Art Museum’s SPUN Community Quilt exhibit, The Lincoln Center Gallery in Fort Collins, and the Lookout Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. Sandra will also be teaching a creative workshop at the Ruminate Retreat: Living Awake during the day on October 1st.

Live Awake Retreat

Our days are often busy and loud, yet we feel empty and asleep. Storytelling, art, and prayer remind us to slow down and live more fully awake with compassion, creativity, and curiosity. Join us at the rustic Ruminate Barn in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Saturday, October 1st—let’s practice staying awake together!

Register here:

The one-day retreat at the Ruminate Barn will run from 9:00 – 3:30 and includes:

  • Contemplative prayer time led by Ruminate staff.
  • A creative workshop led by fiber artist Sandra J. Hopkins. Participants are asked to bring items holding significance, especially those from past struggles, such as clothing, jewelry, scarves, letters (i.e shrines in closet). These items will be altered throughout the workshop session as we stitch back together our remnants into wholeness.
  • We’ll explore our stories through these reclaimed fabric remnants, and participants will have the option to display their work at the Saturday evening gathering, Nowhere Near: Encountering the Vast Landscapes of Art and Story.
  • No previous art experience needed
  • Lunch, snacks, coffee and tea will be provided
  • Quiet time for slowing down, journaling, and meditation
  • We’re offering two scholarships based on financial need.The retreat, like Ruminate, will be one of inspiration, community, and beauty. You will gain inspiration in our workshop, and you will be nourished by also having dedicated time for slowing down, writing and creativity, being outside, making friends, sketching, and being quiet in prayer. We hope you’ll join us!


Lincoln Center Galleries

Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 2016, 5-7 pm
Fort Collins, Colorado

One of the premier contemporary quilt exhibits in the country, this national exhibit showcases the best work of artists who are pushing the limits of the medium, working with new techniques and materials and creating breath-taking and beautiful art.

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Reclaim: Northern Colorado Opening

RECLAIM: an exploration of orientation, disorientation and reorientation

What happens to wasted lives, discarded values, and forgotten histories? If reclamation is the central narrative of history, as Christians claim, how does time move from its initial orientation to the all too common, too human, disorientation, and then into a radically new reorientation of all things?

RECLAIM raids this question by charting particular points along the way toward reorientation. Not every piece resolves the question, but taken collectively, the exhibition examines reality with symbols of faith and the story of wholeness.


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Lantern making and Cider! For kids and adults!  FREE

In Europe, Laternenfest is a fall festival where children walk through their villages swinging prettily lighted lanterns and singing traditional songs on the eve of St. Martin’s feast day.  Laternenfest is a secular version of Martinstag – a Christian celebration on November 11th, held in honor of St. Martin, a kindly Roman solider, who, legend would have it, gave half of his cloak to a beggar in a snowstorm and then, having dreamt about Jesus, got baptized as an adult.  In previous more rural times, it also signified the completion of winter preparations – harvesting, seeding, slaughtering. It was a time for people to eat their fattest cow or goose and join together to sing and be merry before beginning the long cold fast in the weeks until Christmas.

What better way to enter the holiday season than to remember the joy of giving and the bounty of the season than in our small version of this joyful festival.  Children and adults can create their own lanterns to light up both the Ambiante space and to carry with them into the city’s streets.


RECLAIM opening at The Bridge Gallery





The Tie That Binds

“Art at its best draws attention not only to the way things are but also to the way things will be, when the earth is filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea. That remains a surprising hope, and perhaps it will be the artists who are best at conveying both the hope and the surprise.”

– N.T. Wright

I just mailed off a donation piece for a great organization raising awareness about global human trafficking. Their mission is to raise diginity and awareness through the art exhibit. You can even book the exhibit to come to your gallery or town! Learn more about Faces of Freedom here:

“The Tie That Binds”

This Christian hymn beautifully describes the many layers and relationships faithfully working for restoration from human trafficking. This woman and her son daily being restored to their selves and in their relationship; the global church standing with them making choices daily to restore freedom. All a witness of the power of Christian love.


Face Of Fiber in the Rockies









What better than a fiber art exhibit for an excuse to travel up to Estes Park, Colorado?! I was so honored to received second place in the exhibit! There was an amazing display of talent and innovative use of materials in the exhibit! Thanks to everyone who came out to the show – it was great to see you!