Jacqie Wallen, photographer, watercolorist, poet

“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.”   Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

The above quote expresses so well how artistic expression and my practice of psychotherapy intertwine and promote growth and healing for myself and others.  Both psychotherapy and art involve a courageous venture into an unformed and mysterious interiority and result in the creation of coherence and shared meaning.

I like to take risks as an artist and to try new ideas and media. …

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Emmy Lu Daly, Poet

Emmy Lu says, “I write poetry to bring some insight into what I think and feel about the joys and challenges I’m confronted with every day, and to thank God for giving me the gift to express it with some originality.”

Here are some of her poems.

Be Careful What You Ask For

Fingers numb, neck stiff, nose red.
Ah, how I dream of a warmer time.
Will it ever come? Will I make it to then?
Months pass. I am expiring at the bus stop.
Fruitlessly fanning my face with a newspaper,

about to dissolve into the concrete.

Why, why did I ever long for a midsummer’s day?…

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Margreta Silverstone, Fabric Artist and Crafter


Margreta Silverstone is an artist and crafter. Her chosen medium involves fabric and the cutting and reconstructing of fabric into different forms – whether for pure visual pleasure or including functional components.


Margreta’s quilts have been included in international shows, published works and in corporate collections. She mostly works with cottons, but recently completed a commission that used Japanese silks. To see her quilts, please visit www.margreta.com


Functional items include purses, face masks, pouches to hold straws and other products. Margreta has sold items at in person craft shows and through her online Etsy shop. She often uses her aesthetic of combining visual images from patchwork into the creation of purses, backpacks and various holders.…

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Marjory Bankson, Potter and Author


Marjory Bankson is a potter, a seasoned spiritual guide, and the author of six books. Her most recent book, Stalking the Spirit in a Do-It-Yourself Church, is the story of Seekers Church as it emerged from Church of the Saviour. Formerly the president of Faith At Work (now called Lumunos) and editor of Faith@Work magazine for over twenty years, Marjory now chairs the Ecumenical Council of Church of the Saviour. She facilitates clergy support groups in the Washington, DC area and travels nationally to offer retreats and workshops.

As a Steward of Seekers Church for more than 40 years, she also offers classes on call, the medieval mystics, and creative aging as well as end-of-life rituals and practice.…

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Julie Wan, Author

Julie Wan is a writer of literary nonfiction, including memoir, essays, reportage, and hybrid forms such as prose poems and lyric essays. Her varied interests have led her to venture into writing about science, nature, culture, and the anthropology of food. But her favorite subject still tends to be illuminating the wonder in the everyday. Some of her work can be found at www.juliewan.com. More recently, she has been working on building community through Vita Poetica, an arts and faith collective connecting creative and contemplative people in the DC area and beyond.…

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