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Sunday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m.

Location: 87 Toronto Street
Barrie, Ontario
FREE CULTURAL EVENT


Dr. Bruce Meyer

A Retrospective Reading of His Works

For further information please call 1-705-728-7752
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com

Dear Friends,You are invited to join us at 87 Toronto Street on Sunday, March 1 at 3pm when Dr. Bruce Meyer will present a retrospective reading from his works.

As many of you know, Bruce Meyer has proven himself a star turn at our Camphill Community Action Award dinners. We like to give him the last word on such occasions to ensure the night's proceedings conclude on the uplifting, inspiring and joyful note his presence guarantees.

Our March 1 reading will allow Bruce's many fans a more in depth encounter with the insightful and enthusiastic reach of his poetic gift. Meyer's poetry is born out of a reverence for life, a heightened sense of language, a love of the ordinary, a sense of the universal in the particular and a willingness to delve into the heart of things.

Meyer has won accolades from fellow Canadian writers, too numerous to mention. Noting the expansive compass of his themes, poet/novelist/playwright, Marilyn Bowering wrote.... the reward is poetry of real sweetness and depth. The mind and skill at work here are a pleasure to find. Novelist, Ray Robertson has said that Meyer's poems possess a technical mastery that never belies their sure, searching nature.

Bruce's most recent book, Why Hockey is Our Game, is both a hymn to Canada's national pastime and a must-read book for those who love the game. His broadcasts on the Great Books for CBC Radio One remain the network's bestselling word CD series, and his volume, The Golden Thread was a national bestseller. In short, there is something for everyone in one or other of Bruce's forty-five books.

Bruce was a student at the University of Toronto when my late husband taught there some thirty years ago. I marvelled at his early output, which has steadily grown with the years to be nothing short of prodigious. He seems to be working on at least five books at a time, ideas buzzing around him like bees. Sit down and write me, they seem to clamour and we are here to wonder at the results!

Few cities have been as fortunate in their Poet Laureate as Barrie has been so let us gather at 87 Toronto Street in a spirit of celebration for the magic of words and the meanings they convey to which only a poet, such as Bruce Meyer is, can do full justice. This will be a FREE CULTURAL EVENT so please spread the word but not before you have reserved your own place (before February 21)!

Looking forward to your participation on March 1st,

Treasa

Treasa O'Driscoll,
Novalis Project,


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Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:00pm

Location: 87 Toronto Street, Barrie
Admission: $20.00, includes refreshments


The Incarnation of the Logos, performed by World-Renowned Actor and Storyteller Glen Williamson

The story of Jesus' birth, childhood and youth, as you've never heard it before.

Harmonizing the conflicting accounts of Matthew and Luke, this saga weaves the threads of many traditions into an intimate but also cosmic drama.

To reserve, please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com

 

     
   

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Location: 87 Toronto Street
Barrie, Ontario
FREE CULTURAL EVENT


Dr. Bruce Meyer

A Retrospective Reading of His Works

For further information please call 1-705-728-7752
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com

Dear Friends,You are invited to join us at 87 Toronto Street on Sunday, March 1 at 3pm when Dr. Bruce Meyer will present a retrospective reading from his works.

As many of you know, Bruce Meyer has proven himself a star turn at our Camphill Community Action Award dinners. We like to give him the last word on such occasions to ensure the night's proceedings conclude on the uplifting, inspiring and joyful note his presence guarantees.

Our March 1 reading will allow Bruce's many fans a more in depth encounter with the insightful and enthusiastic reach of his poetic gift. Meyer's poetry is born out of a reverence for life, a heightened sense of language, a love of the ordinary, a sense of the universal in the particular and a willingness to delve into the heart of things.

Meyer has won accolades from fellow Canadian writers, too numerous to mention. Noting the expansive compass of his themes, poet/novelist/playwright, Marilyn Bowering wrote.... the reward is poetry of real sweetness and depth. The mind and skill at work here are a pleasure to find. Novelist, Ray Robertson has said that Meyer's poems possess a technical mastery that never belies their sure, searching nature.

Bruce's most recent book, Why Hockey is Our Game, is both a hymn to Canada's national pastime and a must-read book for those who love the game. His broadcasts on the Great Books for CBC Radio One remain the network's bestselling word CD series, and his volume, The Golden Thread was a national bestseller. In short, there is something for everyone in one or other of Bruce's forty-five books.

Bruce was a student at the University of Toronto when my late husband taught there some thirty years ago. I marvelled at his early output, which has steadily grown with the years to be nothing short of prodigious. He seems to be working on at least five books at a time, ideas buzzing around him like bees. Sit down and write me, they seem to clamour and we are here to wonder at the results!

Few cities have been as fortunate in their Poet Laureate as Barrie has been so let us gather at 87 Toronto Street in a spirit of celebration for the magic of words and the meanings they convey to which only a poet, such as Bruce Meyer is, can do full justice. This will be a FREE CULTURAL EVENT so please spread the word but not before you have reserved your own place (before February 21)!

Looking forward to your participation on March 1st,

Treasa

Treasa O'Driscoll,
Novalis Project,


info@novalisproject.com


Lipson
 

February 12, 2012, 2:30-5:00pm

Location: Hesperus Village, Hesperus Road, Thornhill ON
Admission: $20.00 (Includes refreshments)


Fire and Rose,
a mystery of Love, in poetry and song

“Her presentation is pure ritual. Treasa O’Driscoll takes the audience on a journey into another world where people undergo a transformation.”
- Robert Sardello, author, Freeing the Soul from Fear

The rose is an eternal image of beauty and love, representative of an open heart. Fire is associated with inspiration, revelation and the descent of the Holy Spirit. T.S. Eliot predicted that all would be well when the fire and the rose are one. Drawing on her memorized repertoire of poems and songs, Treasa leads the audience in a meditative reflection on the theme. (Bring pen and paper)

Treasa O’Driscoll lives in Barrie and coordinates the Novalis Project. She is the author of, Celtic Woman, a memoir of life’s poetic journey (www.bluebutterflybooks.ca)

Celtic Woman is a magnificent chronicle of an individual's journey toward the process not only of self-healing, but of understanding and growing with the world around her…. There is a spirit of inquiry in this book that moves throughout these pages, animating every word and infusing the text with an energy that guides the will to love above the trials and tribulations of the world, and there it illumines as a beacon...
- Bruce Meyer, author, The Golden Thread.

Celtic Woman, is a rich feast of a book, part travelogue, part romance, part meditation -- and all of it poetry!  Like the best of memoir, it manages to touch on the most personal, intimate themes of a human life and at the same time to render them universal.  Readers will want to shout both Bravo! and Encore!
- Michael Lipson, author, Stairway of Surprise.

Please register at the Hesperus office
or call Marta at 905-764-0840


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Lipson
 

Friday, Feb. 24 - Sunday Feb. 26, 2012

**NOVALIS SPECIAL EVENT**

Begin! Begin again...
a workshop with Michael Lipson, Ph.D.

Just as winter awakens into Spring, a natural process of dying and becoming can be reflected in the changing conditions of our lives. The ability to begin anew is the innate human capacity we can consciously exercise in any given situation. We are empowered to embrace each turning point in life as an opportunity to begin anew. And every moment can be a turning point.

In this weekend's workshop Michael Lipson will lead us in an exploration of the ever-new quality of beginning, a group process that includes practical exercises and meditations. We will see how an orientation toward endless beginning is the cure for "burnout" of all kinds and for the inertia that permeates our emotional and practical problems.  Beginnings are only starting points so we must accustom ourselves to the practice of beginning not once, but over and over again. If you are in transition, or should be in transition, then this workshop is for you!

INTRODUCTORY TALK by Dr. Lipson
Location: Hesperus Village, New Dining Room.

Cost: $20

WORKSHOP:
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9.30am-5.30pm/Sunday, Feb. 26, 9.30-3pm:
Location: Camphill Sophia Creek, 87 Toronto Street, Barrie Workshop admission: $150 (includes introductory talk, 2 lunches and snacks)

Michael Lipson, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist practicing in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His work combines the insights of Rudolf Steiner with those of Zen Buddhism. He teaches meditation widely and writes on issues of consciousness, human development and meditative practice.

To register please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com


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Gospel of John
 

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
by John the Evangelist


Performed by David Anderson, Laurie Portocarrero, and Glen Williamson
Directed by Adrian Locher assisted by Benedicta Bertau.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Location: Novalis Hall at 3:00pm
7841 4th Line, Angus, Ontario

Admission:
$25 including refreshments

Three actors bring the drama and poetry of the Gospel to life with stunning simplicity and imagination, using only two chairs, a table and a few cloths.

“Meditative and almost balletic… beautifully stylised and executed…excellent. “(4 stars)
- The Herald, Edinburgh Fringe, 2002

“An exceptional piece of stagecraft… No matter what your religious belief—or lack of it— The Gospel of John is an extraordinary evening of theatre. You'll find yourself thinking about it, even discussing it with others, for days afterwards. What could be more rewarding?
- The Independent

“A terrific story with plot twists and turns that are classic. Riveting... Dynamic... A wonder..Brilliant.... the play has resonance and strength… triumphs and mysteries.”
- Pete Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus.

“…a spiritual experience charged with passion and power.”
-
The Stroud News and Journal

For reservations or registrations please call 1-705-728-7752,
or e-mail info@novalisproject.com

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