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Prairiewoods
Hiawatha
319-395-6700
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Shalom Spirituality Center
Dubuque
563-582-3592
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Dubuque
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Dubuque
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Dubuque
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Dubuque
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Dubuque
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Dubuque
563-582-3592
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Dubuque
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Premier Retreats: Ongoing

Prairiewoods
120 E Boyson Rd
Hiawatha
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Website: www.fspa.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

"If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature…even a caterpillar… I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature." Meister Eckhart

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center is a sacred space where people of all faiths and cultures are invited to explore and nurture their relationships with the Source of all Being, Earth, Self and Others, with an increasing awareness of the story of the Universe. Prairiewoods is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, a Catholic community.

The vision of Prairiewoods is of people everywhere, awakened in consciousness and energized by the loving, creative Spirit of the Universe into a community, moving together into wisdom, compassion and the fullness of life.

Our Franciscan Heritage calls us to:
◾integrate the principles of the universe: Interiority, diversity and communion as a basis for all decision making.
◾reverence the Divine Presence within all creation, including in each member of the Earth Community.
◾provide programs and opportunities for ongoing personal transformation for the development of wisdom and compassion.
◾encourage care for the earth through our practices, programs, retreats and outreach.
◾collaborate with others in developing programs that enhance spiritual deepening and impact greater ecological consciousness.
◾celebrate the privilege of being human.
◾provide sanctuary and rest, a place where each individual is welcomed with warm hospitality and respect.
◾encourage dialogue among various faith traditions to promote respect and cooperation.
◾continue involvement with the broader community around sacred values.


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Featured Retreats

Title of Retreat : Centering Prayer and Visio Divina Retreat Day
Date of Retreat: Nov 01 2014
Retreat End Date : Nov 01 2014
Spiritual Orientation: Interfaith
Primary Theme: Prayer
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Marilyn's presentation will include an explanation of the history, benefits, and the "how to" of Centering Prayer. We will focus on this form of contemplative prayer, using Scriptural images and stories. Time will be given to a group experience of Centering Prayer followed by the opportunity to reflect on and ask questions regarding this prayer experience.

Visio Divina, offered in the afternoon, will focus on "looking" at St. John's Collegeville Bible pictures. While lectio divina is a way of praying with Scripture, visio divina (Latin for "divine seeing" is a way of praying with images. This is a time for meditation, quiet time, praying with a Scriptural image from St. John"s College Bible pictures and group sharing.

Offering: Commuter: $40, includes lunch. Overnight stay available for $32 per night. Register/prepay by Tuesday, Oct. 28.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader: Presenters: Marilyn Dansart: Centering Prayer (morning); Marci Blum OSF, D.Min.: Visio Divina (afternoon)
Leader Biography: Marilyn Dansart: Retired teacher. Marilyn completed a 3-year Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI in 2002. She has led monthly Centering Prayer programs at Shalom Center for many years.
Sr. Marci Blum OSF currently serves as the administrator of Shalom Spirituality Center. Blum is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque. She earned her Doctor in Ministry (D.Min.) from St. Paul Seminary at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN and her Spiritual Director certification from the Center for Spiritual Guidance, St. Paul, MN. Blum has also been awarded Masters in Divinity and Masters in Religious Education degrees. Additionally, she is the author of the book Living Like Francis Today that was published in 2005.

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Title of Retreat : Making Time for Advent: A Retreat for Busy People
Date of Retreat: Nov 21 2014
Retreat End Date : Nov 23 2014
Spiritual Orientation: Christian
Primary Theme: Contemplative
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Advent is a time for listening in our hearts but we may be too busy to be attentive. Weekend will focus on practical suggestions for slowing down and applying contemplative values and practices to everyday life. We will explore the Advent themes of light and darkness through the visual sculptures on display.
Offering: $175 per person, includes overnights, meals and snacks. Register by Monday, Nov. 17.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader: Trisha Day and Iowa City artist Mary Merkel-Hess
Leader Biography: Trisha Day is the author of Inside the School of Charity: Lessons from the Monastery and a frequent contributor to Give Us This Day and Daily Prayer for Today's Catholics.
Mary Merkel-Hess is an Iowa City artist whose work is on exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other galleries in the Midwest.

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Title of Retreat : “In Quest of the Jewish Mary” Advent Retreat Day
Date of Retreat: Dec 06 2014
Retreat End Date : Dec 06 2014
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Spiritual
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

In her quest for the Jewish Mary, Mary Christine Athans, BVM draws on the latest in historical research, theological and spiritual reflection, the fruits of post-Vatican II Jewish-Christian dialogue, and the insights of feminist theology. Using the method of Ignatian contemplation, she offers meditations integrating Hebrew prayers which might have been extant in the first century in order to rediscover the Jewish Mary – a woman of enormous courage, strength and prayers.


Offering: $50. Overnight available at $32 per night. Register/prepay by Monday, Dec. 1.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader: Mary Christine Athans, BVM, Ph.D
Leader Biography: Professor of Church History at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago and Catholic Theological Union. Author and editor of books and articles on American Catholicism and Jewish-Christian relations.

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Title of Retreat : From Ashes to a Garland (Is 61: 3)
Date of Retreat: Feb 18 2015
Retreat End Date : Feb 20 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Catholic
Primary Theme: Spiritual
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Daily Themes: Ash Wednesday: "Into the Desert: Why Bother?" Thursday: "Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me." Friday: "Becoming an Easter People"
As we enter Lent once again, we have the opportunity to think positively, about the "Beautiful Things" Jesus speaks of (Wednesday), about the Call to the Cross and Discipleship (Thursday), and about the Trans- formation from the Good Friday Failure to the Easter Sunday Promise (Friday). Daily Eucharistic liturgy.
3-Day Retreat
Overnight $230/ Commuter $150. Additional overnight stay: $33/night. $10 early bird discount if registered by Jan. 13. $50 deposit.
Registration deadline: Feb. 13.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader: Anthony Gittins C.S.Sp.
Leader Biography: Has taught at CTU in Chicago since 1984. Currently Professor of Theology and Culture. M.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Study: University of Cambridge Has taught, given retreats/workshops in more than 30 countries Author of 15 books on theology, anthropology mission and spirituality

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Title of Retreat : Ash Wednesday Retreat Day: From Ashes to a Garland (Is 61: 3)
Date of Retreat: Feb 18 2015
Retreat End Date : Feb 18 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Catholic
Primary Theme: Spiritual
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Ash Wednesday: "Into the Desert: Why Bother?" As we enter Lent once again, we have the opportunity to think positively, about the "Beautiful Things" Jesus speaks of. Includes Eucharistic liturgy.

Offering: Ash Wednesday Retreat Day $65. Registration deadline: Feb. 13.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader: Anthony Gittins C.S.Sp.
Leader Biography: Has taught at CTU in Chicago since 1984. Currently Professor of Theology and Culture. M.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Study: University of Cambridge Has taught, given retreats/workshops in more than 30 countries Author of 15 books on theology, anthropology mission and spirituality

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Title of Retreat : Choosing to Love the World: A Retreat with the Contemplative Poetry of Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton
Date of Retreat: Apr 24 2015
Retreat End Date : Apr 26 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Catholic
Primary Theme: Contemplative
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Give yourself a leisured retreat to ruminate on the spiritual practices of silence and solitude that infuse the poetry of Mary Oliver, a best selling American poet, and the prose-poetry of Thomas Merton (1915 to 1968), a monk whose teachings on contemplative living remain significant for contemporary spiritual practice. The retreat will emphasize themes associated with Mary Oliver's practice of loving the world and with Merton's teachings. We will reflect on how we might include the poetry and practices of these two poet-mentors into our own daily contemplative living. Includes Sunday Eucharistic liturgy.

Offering: Overnight $175, Commuter $90. $10 early bird discount if registered by Mar. 24.
$50 deposit. Registration deadline: Apr. 20.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader: Jonathon Montaldo
Leader Biography: Internationally recognized writer, editor, and retreat presenter whose works promote the legacy of Thomas Merton and contemplative living
Created the ten-volume series for small group dialogue Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton

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Title of Retreat : Jesus, A Dangerous Memory
Date of Retreat: Jun 22 2015
Retreat End Date : Jun 27 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Christian
Primary Theme: Spiritual
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

This retreat will seek to peel back some of the ways we have tamed the radical teachings of Jesus by using parables and miracles to probe the richness and challenge of his way. Participants are invited to do the inner work of applying these teachings to their lives. Daily Eucharistic liturgy.

Offering: Overnight $450, Commuter $425. $25 early bird discount if registered by May 22. $75 deposit. Registration deadline: June 17.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader:  Nancy Schreck OSF, D.Min.
Leader Biography: Currently serves as Program Director of EXCEL (at risk youth/adults), Okolona, MS
Has served as presenter, educator and facilitator for religious groups worldwide
Has served in leadership roles for the Sisters of St. Francis, as the President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and as a U.S. Delegate to the International Union of General Superiors
Holds an MA in Religious Education, Boston College and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

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Title of Retreat : The Saint & the Pope: What the Spirituality of Two Men Named Francis Can Teach Us About Christian Living
Date of Retreat: Jul 19 2015
Retreat End Date : Jul 24 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Catholic
Primary Theme: Relationship
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

St. Francis of Assisi has captured the attention of the world for more than 800 years, Pope Francis has done the same since he became the Bishop of Rome in 2013 -- but why? Both men named Francis present the church and world with models for Christian living that are rooted in the Gospel and reflect what it means to live one's baptismal vocation. This retreat will focus on what St. Francis and Pope Francis can teach us about our relationship with God, with one another, and the rest of creation, in addition to looking at what Franciscan Spirituality and Gospel Poverty mean in our world today. Daily Eucharistic liturgy.

Offering: Overnight $435, Commuter $410. $25 early bird discount if registered by June 19. $75 deposit. Registration deadline: July 14.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader: Fr. Daniel Horan OFM
Leader Biography:  Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (New York), a columnist for America magazine, and the author of several books
Frequent lecturer / retreat director around the United States and Europe
Earned M.A. in systematic theology in 2010 and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in 2012, both from the Washington Theological Union
Currently completing his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston College

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Title of Retreat : Encountering God in Creation: God's Primary Revelation
Date of Retreat: Jul 30 2015
Retreat End Date : Aug 05 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Catholic
Primary Theme: Spiritual
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Most of us grew up thinking that Scripture, especially the New Testament, was not only the fullest revelation of God's self to us, but also the only revelation. In recent years we have come to recognize that God's self-revelation began with creation. God is made known to us in every aspect of the universe from the tiniest organism to the vastness of the heavens, if only we have the eyes to see. Beginning with Jesus' own profound sensitivity to the revelatory power of nature, this retreat will focus on developing our contemplative vision to recognize God in all of creation. What do you see when you gaze upon a spider, an elephant, a dandelion, a baby, a night sky full of stars? Come and SEE!
Daily Eucharistic liturgy.
Offering: Overnight $470, Commuter $450. $25 early bird discount if registered by June 30. $75 deposit.
Registration deadline: July 24.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader: Mary Schneiders OP
Leader Biography: Member, Dominican Sisters of Hope, headquarters in Ossining, NY
Currently involved in conducting retreats and workshops at retreat centers, parishes, and women's groups throughout the US
MA in Religious Studies, Providence College in Providence, RI, and PhD in Theology, Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

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Title of Retreat : Seasons of Prayer: Exploring the Times of our Lives
Date of Retreat: Aug 28 2015
Retreat End Date : Aug 30 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Catholic
Primary Theme: Prayer
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Shalom Spirituality Center
Website: www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

This retreat will explore how when we look outside at the changing seasons we learn how prayer is an inside job. The seasons remind us that prayer, like life itself, is a matter of time. Do we have the time? In a hectic and harried world where we place a premium on speed and convenience, on this retreat we will slow the pace and find the time to pray. We will reflect on the seasons of the soul and what each season can teach us about prayer: autumn, a time to fall; winter, a time to wait; spring, a time to rise; and summer, a time to rest. Daily Eucharistic liturgy.
Offering: Overnight $170, Commuter $125. $10 early bird discount if registered by July 28. $50 deposit.
Registration deadline: Aug. 24.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  www.shalomretreats.org
Email: info@shalomretreats.org
Telephone: 563-582-3592

Retreat Leader:  Joseph Nassal CPPS
Leader Biography: -Provincial, Kansas City Province, Congregation of the Most Precious Blood -Engaged in retreat, renewal and reconciliation ministry since 1988 -Author of eight books

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