About Inspiration Gatherings
The fifth annual Provincetown Inspiration Weekend will be held on October 5 – October 7, 2018 in Provincetown Massachusetts. The event is an immersive, connected experience using music, lyric, and spoken word for the purpose of personal and spiritual development. This year’s theme is Fierce Love. In light of the social and political climate many are having difficulties with anger, fear and resentment. Believing love is more powerful than hate, fierce love invites us to take inspired action toward what we want rather than spend all our energy protesting what we don’t want.
Attendees descend upon Provincetown from all over the world to come together for Provincetown’s Inspiration Weekend. Founder, Rev. Christie Hardwick created Inspiration Gatherings, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people to the beauty of Cape Cod and the beauty, light, and power within themselves. “The fifth annual Inspiration Weekend will help people support their own interior lives. This event is unique in that it is non religious yet richly beneficial for the spirit,” explains Hardwick. “Our event is growing every year and this year promises to be the best yet. Not only will attendees feel a heightened state of wellbeing but they will also learn practices and ideas that they can use throughout their lives. They will have given themselves the rare gift of time to be with themselves,” concludes Hardwick.
The mission of Inspiration Gatherings is to create events that foster recognition of indivisible wholeness and interdependence. “We are all made of the same stuff, we share the same planet, what each of us thinks, says or does – matters to the whole.”
There are five main sessions throughout the weekend held in various locations in scenic Provincetown. In addition to the five main sessions, workshop registrants may attend additional events such as gallery receptions, yoga class, Taize service, community acupuncture session, or workshops. This weekend engages the whole person, body, mind and spirit.
Assisting in the program is the carefully selected award winning Inspiration Team, which includes musicians, poets, and writers, chosen for their excellence, presence, and lyrical abilities that provide wisdom for daily life. Their talents range from soul, pop, instrumentals, ballads, World music, indie rock, spoken word, poetry, and creative writing and the healing arts. Inspiration Weekend musical director and extraordinary jazz vocalist, Lisa Ferraro, is excited about this year’s event, “We have an incredible diverse group of musicians this year who are sure to reach your heart and stir your soul. As a musician, I rarely get to sit back and listen to other artists share their songs, so to experience this extraordinary group of singers and songwriters is transcendent and powerful for me.”
Each year, Inspiration Gatherings honors local and national community members for their work to inspire positivity. This year we honor Chris McCarthy, Provincetown Art Association and Museum executive director; Karen Williams, humorist and non-profit leaders; and Rev. Kate Wilkinson, minister to the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Provincetown, Massachusetts.