• $45.00 – Individual Session

Date & Time Details: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST, Sunday, April 3

Zoom: Cinema Divina – Begin Again

With Marilyn Freeman

April 3, 2022

I’ve never been interested in “normal’. And to me, the thought of a “new normal” is dispiriting and regressive. However, I find St. Benedict’s idea of “starting over” inspiring, humbling and inviting.

To mark the onset of a global pandemic two years later, with a heart-centered devotion to begin again, that calls to me. To honor the memory of George Floyd’s death, two years later, by beginning again the work of racial healing, that calls to me. And now, to face the outbreak of even more war, by beginning again the pursuit of peace – that calls to me.

This session offers a cinematic communal meditation on this opportune moment to begin again a life of contemplation and just action. I’ll guide participants through a contemplative screening process with my latest Cinema Divina film, Begin Again, made for this session. Participants will be invited into reverent silences, writing, sharing and spacious listening.

All are welcome — beginners and long-time contemplative practitioners.

– by M Freeman



Marilyn Freeman
Marilyn Freeman is a media artist, writer and spiritual director. Inspired by lectio divina, Marilyn combines her creative and spiritual practices in CinemaDivina® — her growing body of short films made through and for contemplative practice. Her films and video essays are shared in spirituality centers and galleries, on literary sites and at film festivals. Marilyn is a Benedictine Oblate at St. Placid Priory in Lacey, Washington, a community with which she has been involved for more than a dozen years.
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