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“Kinsman Redeemer” – Tuesday evenings in November

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


"Extend your mantle over me..."

Kinsman Redeemer is a story about loss, deferred hope, vulnerability and new beginnings… It is the story of Naomi and Ruth. It is as old as the hills and yet still relevant for today.

The Kinsman Redeemer reflective art program will take place every Tuesday evening in November. Participants will join in creative and interactive therapeutic art-making sessions where they will reflect, identify, and work alongside each other through the narrative of Ruth and Naomi’s journey back to Bethlehem.

This story from antiquity is a gentle reminder that we all encounter pain and that dreams can shatter; that vulnerability lies close to our skin. It prompts us to remember that distress and despair can easily result in resentment or bitterness. But, whilst sojourning through a wilderness of pain, like Naomi, we will also encounter faithful companions on the way.

In the annals of history, we read how these two women’s lives changed. From being lost and insignificant, the encounter with their kinsman redeemer resulted in a life with purpose and destiny. Ruth became the grandmother of King David and from the tribe of Judah came humanity’s Kinsman Redeemer.

Guided by the principles that Naomi and Ruth discovered when they encountered their redeemer, participants will navigate through their own internal landscape with art to process their stories of disappointments and loss, transition and purpose.

Participants of the program should expect a personal encounter that could change and reveal their destiny in a greater measure than before.

The program is facilitated by Anna Dos Santos, a licensed psychotherapist and professional art therapist.

Anna provided a sacred studio for me to encounter Creator God and hear Him speak to me as I dared to pour my soul into the art project. Exhilarating and healing.There, among sisters from around the world, my Father God re-birthed me back into the creative and passionate young woman of long ago. Such a joy and such a relief.

- Lisa

I loved the kindness, wisdom and freedom that Anna brought to the sessions. It was incredibly freeing for me to let things flow out of me, especially with a group of women I hardly knew (I found that hard to believe for myself). It was a wonderful encouragement to me in the middle of a busy week. I found other participants speaking into my life as well as Anna. I feel that the experience elevated the role of art in my life and gave me a resource for stress and concerns.

- Glenna

I have attended two retreats at the Mark Centre, one being this art retreat, and I was just thinking the other day how profoundly changed I am after attending these classes; My quiet time with God is so much richer and deeper. I know myself better, I know our God better and in turn, I am better able to help others.

- Elfriede

It was wonderful to get away from my regular routine and come on this retreat. I enjoyed working with a new medium I'd never done before. This retreat provided the opportunity to listen to God in a unique way I wouldn't have been able to facilitate for myself. I'm grateful for the prayer and planning that went into preparing this day!

- Sarah

Anna was very gentle with a sense of humor, so there was both laughter and tears. She graciously accepted us on all our different journeys and that was comforting. I also enjoyed the reflection time on our own.

- Michelle


Kinsman Redeemer is a four-part reflective art program being held at the MARK Centre chalet in Abbotsford, BC in November. Each session is 2 hours long from 7 – 9pm. This program will run on Tuesday evening for the following dates: November 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

The total cost of this retreat is $160 and includes art supplies, rental of the room, and facilitation as provided by Anna for the duration of the program. Coffee and tea will be provided. Taxes are included. 

Although we will provide the art supplies needed for your project, each participant will be asked to provide a journal of their choosing. The art project of this particular series will be centered around creating an alternative journal and the creation of this journal will be part of the art program.  A suitable journal would be any old, hardcover book. Old encyclopedias, old dictionaries, etc., are a good starting place and your local used bookstore will surely have something suitable.

This art program has limited space for only 16 participants.

Please contact our offices at 604.556.7796 to register.


November 7
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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MARK Centre
31603 Old Yale Road
Abbotsford, BC V2T 2B4 Canada
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