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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 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 which 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, beach walk and cleanup, Taize service, community acupuncture session, or workshops. This weekend engages the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Hard Times Require Furious Dancing- an experience from Alice Walker’s book of the same name–gives participants a chance to move through their feeling to a greater lightness of being. The Life Changing Magic of The Mandala with author Kathy Rausch engages our creativity on an individual and community basis. A six foot wide collaborative mandala will be created by all participants. In addition to making Mandala, workshops also include Journaling from the Heart, Well Being For the Activist and Essential Oils for Health.

Assisting in the program is a 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 such 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.”

2018 Inspiration Team members can be found here: https://inspirationgatherings.org/inspirationteam/

Each year the Provincetown Film Society selects a breakthrough independent film to engage in the theme of inspiration Weekend. This years film will be announced soon by Provincetown Film Society President, Christine Walker.

This year Inspiration Gatherings will honor local and national community members for their work to inspire positivity. Selisse Berry founder/CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Scott Allegretti local cultural philanthropist, Rick “Wave” Kaplan, Activist and Water Protector and Dian Hamilton, producer, playwright and founder of Writers Voice Cafe.

Tax-deductible corporate sponsorship packages are still available for the event. Current sponsors include: Roux, Ptown Dental Arts, Oils by the Sea Gallery, Good Scents, Birdies, Cape Art Tiles, Barbara and Kate Ryan, Kevin Jennings & Jeff Davis.

To register, visit https://inspirationgatherings.org/ or call +1 (650) 743-0953

About Founder Christie Hardwick:
Master Facilitator and Spiritual Guide, Christie Hardwick has over 30 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and grass root-organizing efforts. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development, is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and a minister with International Centers for Spiritual living with a focus on leadership development. She spent five years as an executive member of the Women’s Leadership Board for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and was past president of the National Board of Directors for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network). Christie has held executive positions in Change Management, Human Resources, and Organizational Efficiency for technology companies. She is an inspirational speaker and facilitator in a variety of forums and provides strategic thinking and spiritual guidance services to clients across the United States. www.spiritedcontribution.com