I wish to compare the Wayfarer Arts Conference to the creation of a delicious meal:
- Bring together some exquisite ingredients (creative people, a beautiful rural location, fantastic weather, good food and Christian faith)
- Season with a few insightful talks, arts workshops and time to contemplate
- then mix for seven days …..and voila, Wayfarer Arts Conference 2013!
In comparison to the staples of the UK Christian Summer conference, such as Greenbelt, New Wine and Keswick to name a few, Wayfarer’s is unique. Its small size, the diversity of people it brings together and its rural location fosters an intimate family feel where Christian faith and creativity find an easy meeting place. It is hosted very professionally by the Community at Lee Abbey in Lynton, Devon but manages to maintain a handmade, authenticity.
There is a generosity of spirit by all who attend, whereby the professional artist brushes up against the amateur or by those who like to dabble in a creative pursuit once in a while. All find their place and inspiration during the week, be it during a creative workshop, a walk over the rolling hills of Lynton or through a late night chat by the bar…
For a small conference, the calibre of workshop leaders is high, this year they included: documentary film-making with FarNorthFilm, comedy writing with Jam Carey (co-writer of Miranda, Milton Jones, Bluestone 42) and Sketching with Monique Sliedrecht along with Guest Speaker for the week Loren Wilkinson from Regent College Vancouver.
I have attended two of the three years since Wayfarer’s has been running. I have returned home each time not on a mountain top ‘spiritual high’, but with a warm, steady spiritual glow and renewed energy for creative endeavour that seems to get side-lined in my normal daily life. In keeping with the food analogy I began with; the Wayfarer experience is less quick, slick, carbohydrate for the creative-type and more nutritious home-cooked dinner for the creative soul: a soul that the church often forgets to feed.