April 1 2017 | Colorado Springs

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When you read a book that stirs your spirit and captures your imagination, what is it in that tale that makes you feel so awakened and alive?

Why are you drawn to its noble characters, and repulsed by its adversaries? When you enter the fantastic literary worlds of The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia, why do you want to stay there, to live into those other-worldly adventures? Is it just good writing, or is there something more?

Those books weren’t written to capture your imagination. They were written to release it. Our imaginations are constantly distorted and dulled by ugliness, busyness, and distraction. But imagination is God’s idea--something which, if used properly, empowers us to believe in things we cannot see, hope where hope seems lost, and be creators (all of us!) who mirror the Creator God.
  
Andrew Peterson—acclaimed singer-songwriter, and author of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga series of children’s fantasy—is a champion of the imagination. He knows the power of words, music, and images to redeem the fallen imagination, to set it free, and to inflame it with new life. Join us Saturday, April 1, 2017 for an all-day exploration of imagination and the arts. Andrew and other riveting speakers will lead you to discover how to keep your imagination redeemed, and truly alive to God.

For artists:

This will be an imaginative retreat, with food for your soul. Breakout sessions and workshops will focus on inspiring and refreshing you, and helping you to better integrate your imagination so as to inflame your art and its impact.

For everyone:

You will take a sweeping journey through the best stories, songs, and art, and find it drawn back with you into the rest of your life, as the mundane is re-enchanted, and you are awakened not only to the reality to come but to this world and its expectant glory.

 

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Featuring

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Diana Glyer

Diana Glyer

Lanier Ivester

Lanier Ivester

Lancia Smith

Lancia Smith

Heather Walker Peterson

Heather Walker Peterson

Joel Clarkson

Joel Clarkson

Ben Holsteen

Ben Holsteen

Matt Burnett

Matt Burnett

 
Ashlee Cowles

Ashlee Cowles

Ken Robertson

Ken Robertson

 
 
 
It seems to me that we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good and we must hunger after them.
— George Eliot
Somewhere out there, there’s another Tolkien. Somewhere out there, men and women with redeemed, integrated imaginations are sitting down to spin a tale that awakens, a tale that leaves its readers with a longing that hurts just enough to tell them they’re truly alive, a tale whose fictional beauty begets beauty in the present world and heralds the world to come.
— Andrew Peterson
 

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