WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM ABOUT?
We often jokingly call Palates "BibleStudy for Atheist, Doubters and the totally Devout, as we strive to use themes that are universally relevant to all people. Truly, we welcome seekers of all stripes!
The evening begins at 6pm with a light gourmet meal followed by discussion centered on the session selected theme from scripture. After the food, and a broad look at an issue raised in discussion, each table of 3-4 people works together on creative activities.
The use of images, and creative activities is not an attempt to make artists of the participants, but merely a springboard for discussion. We have found that this is a surefire way to approach themes that are relevant to peoples lives, and it often allows room for surprisingly fresh takes on even the most familiar topics raised in discussion.
By taking this unique approach, that seeks to bridge both left and right brain thinking, our Palates program has even helped participants to find more creative solutions to issues at work, home, or within themselves.
WHEN & WHERE
Palates sessions are offered almost every Tuesday throughout the year at St. Andrew’s Centre, 10601 Southport Road SW. Our current sessions running until June 6th, and will then take a short break and restart in July.
Because of the generous support of Campbell- Stone, and St. Andrews United, Palates uses a "Free Will Offering" model, and so the cost is really up to you. And while all support is greatly appreciated, it should be seen as a opportunity to support Brush with the Spirit's worthy efforts, but not felt to be an obligation.
More than anything we do not want money concerns to hinder someone from seeking to grow their connection to the Spirit through artistic expression. This is true of all programs, and so be aware that we will always seek to meet people were they are... (both spiritually, and financially : )
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?
If you’re a foodie; if you’re looking for something unique, relaxing, and stimulating to do alone, or being a group of friends; if you are an artist/ writer/ musician who is looking for ways to enliven your inner muse: if you want an easy way to be part of a content-creating community and glimpse life through the eyes of an artist without a huge commitment; or if you are tired of being merely a consumer of content, and instead help to guide the artist hand in creating content...this program is for YOU!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
An Evening at Palates:
Guests arrive and mingle briefly before taking their seats at tables set for three. In the current model, Palates can accommodate up to a maximum of seven or eight tables of three.
Dinner is served.
Our facilitator, Danah, then leads the group in discussion based on our Bible study from the day before. This discussion aims to be in-depth enough to challenge while being accessible enough for all comers regardless of their familiarity with scripture.
The group then takes a short break to share or collect their thoughts and prepare for our group activity. In the past, this activity has been Imaging the Text, where participants choose pictures taken from National Geographic magazines that relate to the themes discussed, as images are a non-threatening way to inspire people to free associate on chosen topics. Going forward, we will also be introducing activities such as role play and therapeutic art games as ways to explore the evening’s passage.
We then return to group discussion where each table has a chance to share what they came up with. Our co-facilitator, Eric, types up this discussion while Danah uses a whiteboard and/or an iPad and TV set-up to illustrate the discussion.
Last Palates of the each month
The fourth Tuesday of the month showcases some of the images/paintings/videos/animations that were inspired by the discussions of the previous weeks. It is a chance to see how your comments influenced the hand of the artist(s). Basically, it is a great meal, and show and tell about what we have been up to.