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Premier Retreats: Ongoing

Prairiewoods - Franciscan Spirituality Center
120 E Boyson Rd
Hiawatha
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Website: prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Prairiewoods is an ecospirituality retreat and conference center located on the outskirts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We invite you to our 70 acres of natural beauty for retreats, workshops, meetings, and spiritual and holistic services. We are dedicated to offering a sacred space, warm hospitality, spiritual and educational experiences, and a variety of resources for people of all faiths and cultures.

As caretakers of this center, we are committed to offering facilities that use alternative energy sources, a sustainable treatment of the land, conservation of natural resources and other earth-friendly practices.


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Featured Retreats

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 : Yoga Flow: Using Yoga to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Life Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Jul 19 2015
Retreat End Date : Jul 24 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Yoga
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Dive deeper into self-discovery and acceptance by exploring the energy of your diverse emotional moods. In this retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha), you will explore the five prana vayus (or winds of expression), as well as specific yoga asana, pranayama and meditation techniques that will help you cultivate more joy and calm. Spend time exploring specific yoga techniques for managing anxiety and depression. A special optional Kirtan (or call-and-response concert) will offer you a hands-on experience of how singing can open your heart to joy and peace. Participants can receive 10 Continuing Education Credits for Yoga Alliance for certified yoga instructors.

Facilitator Anji Kozikowski is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) with more than 15 years professional experience. She is a certified personal trainer and integrative nutrition coach, as well as a reconnective healing practitioner.

The cost of this six-day retreat is $425 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. (Lodgers only, please.) A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Anji Kozikowski
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Title of Retreat : July Silent Directed Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Jul 19 2015
Retreat End Date : Jul 25 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Silent
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Does a silent directed retreat meet your needs for a summer-time rendezvous with God? If you are sailing along in your spiritual journey and desire more time for prayer and reflection, or if you’re feeling consistently depleted, out of kilter with your heart’s desires or in need of better balance for your daily life, a week-long foray into the silence may be just the balm for what ails you. These retreats are offered in both June and July at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha). They provide lavish time and sacred space for prayer, solitude, quiet and peace. In the beauty of 70 acres of Prairiewoods’ Eden-like setting, you will journey courageously to your center, where God resides within you. You will be consoled with the beauty of creation, find ample time for reflection and meditation, open yourself to the experience of centering prayer, and meet regularly with a spiritual director who will listen with you for God’s voice in the midst of your life’s loves, losses and joys.
As you rest deeply in the silence, you will begin to notice the many little miracles of your everyday life, regain a sense of balance as you learn to be still, and deepen your relationship with God and others by living more fully in the present moment. Silent Directed Retreats are ideal for anyone who could use a little quiet time away from over-stimulation to return to the center, to learn the art of deep listening, to recover a sense of wonder and gratitude for life, and to fall in love again with living.

Facilitators Betty Daugherty, FSPA; Marj English, OSF; Laura Weber; and Lucille Winnike, FSPA; are all spiritual directors on staff at Prairiewoods.

The cost of this week-long retreat is $410 and includes retreat sessions, spiritual direction, lodging and all meals. (Lodgers only, please.) A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration. These retreats always fill quickly, so register today!
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: etty Daugherty, FSPA; Marj English, OSF; Laura Weber; and Lucille Winnike, FSPA;
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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 : Active Hope: The Work that Reconnects Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Aug 14 2015
Retreat End Date : Aug 16 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Personal Development
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Be inspired! We live in challenging times. How can we respond in a loving way that makes a difference in our world? We can choose Active Hope. Active Hope is about becoming a participant in bringing about that for which we hope. It is a practice, a way of living with purpose. This interactive weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) is based on The Work That Reconnects, an innovative process developed by Joanna Macy, internationally acclaimed author, eco-philosopher and activist. It will help you transform fear and despair into inspiration and empowerment. Experience the healing power of gratitude, find compassion in honoring your pain for the world, embrace your connections with the self-healing powers in the web of life and realize your potential to make a difference. This retreat includes practicing movement, inspirational readings and teachings, and simple rituals—engaging, invigorating tools for dealing with life’s challenges!

Facilitator Kathleen Rude, a life-long environmentalist mentored by Joanna Macy, conducts retreats on environmental and social change as well as spirituality and healing. A healer and ceremonial leader, she offers monthly sweat lodge and seasonal fire ceremonies. A member of The Work That Reconnects Facilitator Network, she also is an environmental writer and advocate with a Master of Science degree in natural resources, and is completing her first novel, The Redemption of Red Fire Woman. Joanna Macy says, “Kathleen Rude is a guide of remarkable depth, with powerful gifts to bring to people of all backgrounds who seek a life-enhancing relationship with the natural world … Kathleen has a natural authority that builds confidence and ease in collaboration. I treasure her guidance and her companionship as we work together for the sake of life on Earth.”

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes retreat sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Kathleen Rude
Leader Biography: 

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Title of Retreat : Brush Wisdom: Messages from the Contemplative Heart Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Aug 14 2015
Retreat End Date : Aug 16 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Contemplative
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Brush Wisdom taps into how your life expresses itself. As a retreatant in this weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha), you will explore the interplay of mind, body and spirit through the expressive use of the brush stroke in a contemplative, calm place and pace. When the mind is clear and calm, the inner brush wisdom emerges! The foundation of Brush Wisdom is no-mind. The paintings come from silence and stillness. The beauty is that there is no technique. This retreat is a creative representation of the spiritual experience that draws upon the spontaneity of direct spiritual expression without overanalyzing. Deeply inspiring meditation, Brush Wisdom helps develop a deep sense of presence and open relationship to the true self. To engage stillness and silence, you will utilize gentle Qi Gong, breathing and haiku. No artistic experience is necessary.

Facilitator Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT, gained widespread recognition in the field of health and healing as a healer, educator, author and retreat facilitator who translates mindfulness techniques into practical strategies for healthier, happier living. A licensed psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist, he also authored The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes retreat sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT
Leader Biography: 

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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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Title of Retreat : Voices Serving the Holy in All Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Aug 28 2015
Retreat End Date : Aug 30 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Personal Development
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Do you long to twine your voice with others in song? Do you remember that you were born singing, as your ancestors before you? Join a growing global movement, knitting the world together through songs of love, play, spirit and freedom. This weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) is for people who don’t sing and people who love to sing. As a participant, you will sing songs of gathering. You will deepen your sense of communion with others and your sacred respect and wonder in the face of all nature. You’ll sing easy-to-learn, playfully challenging songs that speak to critical themes—environmental, social, interpersonal—in a way that brings joy, a sense of success and an expression of shared meaning.
With songleader Liz Rog, you will relax into the voice you were born to sing with as you share beautiful, fun, simple songs that can reshape the world. How can this world move beyond sustainability and learn to thrive again? How can you entertain, inspire, create? How do you connect with others without elaborate technology, using simply the inner resources with which you were born? In this retreat, you will raise your voices together in songs that celebrate love, diversity, power, the rhythms of the year and the circle of life; sing songs for times when comfort is needed, and songs that remind you of your ancestors; sing songs to give you courage in your work to re-wild the world; sing songs from home and songs from afar; sing silly songs and songs that invite dancing, songs that you can take home and sing the rest of your life. By the circular, non-hierarchical, harmonious intertwining of your voices, you can bring light to the world! Liz Rog is a songleader in the global Ubuntu tradition. The Swahili word Ubuntu means “I am because we are.” Ubuntu singing welcomes all voices, using the collective brain in the body to weave songs and community.

Liz delights in helping people rediscover their ancestral birthright of group singing. Without the auditions, paper, solos, grades and performance of formal singing, what remains is a simple, joyful and holy intertwining of voice with earth and sky. Liz lives in the Driftless Region of northeast Iowa with her family, where she leads free weekly community singing for all ages and hosts guests at Fern Hollow Cabin, her ancestral home. She enjoys traveling to other towns in the region to help in the re-seeding of the earth with songs for the renewal of all.

The cost is $230 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes retreat sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Liz Rog
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Title of Retreat : Generation Waking Up Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Sep 11 2015
Retreat End Date : Sep 13 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Youth
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Joshua Gorman says, “We are the middle children of History, coming of age at the crossroads of civilization, a generation rising between an old world dying and a new world being born. We are the ‘make-it or break-it’ generation, the ‘all-or-nothing’ generation, the crucible through which civilization must pass or crash.” Are you part of this young generation, ready to co-create a fair and sustainable world? Join Generation Waking Up, a global movement that is igniting a generation of young people to birth forth a thriving, just, sustainable world. As a participant in this weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha), you will explore the critical questions facing your generation and society today through inspiring multimedia and dynamic group interaction.
This is one of the most promising organizing movements of the Millennial Generation, empowering people like you to wake up to a clear sense of identity and purpose in order to contribute to a spiritually healthy, just and sustainable world. Generation Waking Up strives to awaken a clear sense of who you are as a generation, an understanding of the urgent global challenges and opportunities you face and a calling to take action; empower you with the training, mentoring and support needed to thrive as global citizens, leaders and change agents in the 21st century; and mobilize you locally and globally across issues, geography and all lines of difference, unleashing the collaborative power of your generation. Friday evening will be a WakeUp Experience, and Saturday and Sunday will train you to be a GenUp Facilitator. Check out www.GenerationWakingUp.org for more information.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $175 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. (The cost of Friday only is $25, and Saturday and Sunday only is $150.) A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Joshua Gorman and Generation Waking Up
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Title of Retreat : Kissed by God: Holy Women Create Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Oct 16 2015
Retreat End Date : Oct 18 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Art
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Join the Holy Women, kissed by God, whose creativity flowed into our world in art, music and writing: Miriam the dancer, Hildegard the artist/musician/writer, and Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux the writers. This interactive weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) invites your creative expression as you explore art by and about Holy Women from ancient times (such as Mary Magdalene and the Woman at the Well) to today (including Tekakwitha and Hildegard). You will carry away a treasure of spiritual practices from your adventures with art, journaling, poetry, music, dreamwork, prayer and meditation—each nurturing your spiritual growth in your own unique way. Invite these Holy Women to lead you to deeper trust of your own inner wisdom, grace and creativity in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Special skills are not necessary, only a spirit of openness to the Creative Spirit!

Facilitator Shirley Cunningham, MA, MSW, LCSW, a licensed counselor and working artist, offers counseling and retreats at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale and other centers. A certified spiritual director trained at Shalem Institute, Shirley helped found the Arizona Ecumenical Institute for Spiritual Direction. She is the author of Chasing God. For more information about Shirley, visit www.ArtFromHeartNSoul.net.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes retreat sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Shirley Cunningham, MA, MSW, LCSW
Leader Biography: 

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Title of Retreat : The Mandala: A Pathway to One’s Center Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Oct 16 2015
Retreat End Date : Oct 18 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Art
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle. According to Lisa Tenzin-Dolma in Natural Mandalas, “The origins of the mandala tradition can be dated back to the cave drawings and rock inscriptions created by our primitive ancestors, as a source or reflection of spiritual energy.” Today, the word mandala is used for sacred artworks in the form of a circle. In this weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha), you will create your own mandalas and tap into the holiness of deep listening within you and in the world around you.
Creating a mandala will help you gain access to the “soul-light,” the divine Spirit within. You will add luminous color effects to your mandala and learn to pray with it. Spending time creating mandalas in Prairiewoods’ natural surroundings will lead you to discover a deeper sense of peace and awareness in the beauty of nature. This is a great opportunity for those interested in this form of prayer, inner reflection and living in the present moment! Supplies will be provided, but you may want to bring your own compass, ruler or black gel/Micron pens. No experience is necessary.

Facilitator Joellen Price, PBVM, is a pastoral associate with an emphasis on Social Justice and Pastoral Outreach at St. Pius X Parish in Cedar Rapids. She uses the process of praying with mandalas as a preparation for her own spiritual direction sessions and for spiritual practice, exercise and meditation. Sister Joellen finds mandalas to be a great way to integrate her spiritual life with her daily life.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $250 and includes retreat sessions, art materials, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $200 and includes retreat sessions, art materials, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Joellen Price, PBVM
Leader Biography: 

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Title of Retreat : Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Nov 06 2015
Retreat End Date : Nov 08 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Meditation
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

“Life unfolds in moments. The healing power of mindfulness lies in living each one as fully as we can,” says Jon Kabat-Zinn. Do you long to live fully the moments of your life? Consider joining others in the practice of mindfulness meditation in this silent retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha). Mindfulness will be cultivated through the repetition of guided meditative practices, including sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement and mindful eating. This establishes and strengthens the habit of mindfulness while supporting its integration into everyday life.

Facilitator Chris Klug has practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 25 years, has taught in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at University of Iowa Hospitals since 2001 and has many years of experience facilitating retreats.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes retreat sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Chris Klug
Leader Biography: 

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Title of Retreat : Radiance: An Inter-Spiritual Advent Retreat for Conscious Carriers of Light at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Nov 13 2015
Retreat End Date : Nov 15 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Spiritual
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

This Inter-Spiritual Advent Retreat approaches all of creation as illuminating Divinity—the radiant energies and love of God’s indwelling Life Force Spirit or Light. You are a Light carrier! Awareness of, attunement with and humble consent to this empowering, healing Inner Light of Spirit involves knowing yourself Full of Grace amid life’s demands, difficulties and fears. This weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) will blend Eastern and Western spiritual wisdom and draw from mystics, sages, spiritual healers, prophets, visual art and sacred texts. You will explore your oneness with the human species and planet, participating in the ongoing universal Incarnation of the Divine.
Experience gentle mind-body-spirit practices, including interior prayer of the heart for increased awareness of inter-connective oneness, healing and strength to serve. You also will engage in personal reflection, including spiritual mapping of your life to recall and give thanks for those luminous people who, throughout your life sojourns, helped rekindle your Light.

Facilitator Rev. Dr. Catherine Quehl-Engel is the chaplain of Cornell College and an associate priest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City. A meditation instructor, Healing Touch and Reiki practitioner, and artist, she has taught courses on Suffering and the Sacred, Jewish-Christian Relations, and, in India, Christian-Hindu inter-spiritual wisdom on mysticism, meditation and the inner life of leadership.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes retreat sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Rev. Dr. Catherine Quehl-Engel
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Title of Retreat : When I Let Go, What is There to Hold on to? Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Nov 13 2015
Retreat End Date : Nov 15 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Spiritual
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

You are not alone. Many people are expanding their spiritual journey. Often this involves examining the institutions, teachings and imperatives that have accompanied a prescribed religious path. Are you yearning for something more meaningful? Where are you looking for it? What makes sense? How do you craft your own spiritual path so as not to throw the baby out with the bath water, but rather discover how to make the journey more personal to you? This weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) will quiet all the noise of “should” expectations and fears, allowing you to listen, embrace and learn to trust your true nature and abiding wisdom that awaits emergence within.
This retreat offers opportunity to explore and discern ways to enhance your spiritual path. Through various spiritual wisdom traditions and teachings about contemplation and meditation, you will engage life-long questions and enjoy stimulating inner and outer conversations!

Facilitator Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT, one of our most popular retreat leaders, gained widespread recognition as a healer, educator, author and retreat facilitator who translates mindfulness techniques into practical strategies for healthier, happier living. A licensed psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist, he authored The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes retreat sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT
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Title of Retreat : Stillness: Somewhere to Begin in the New Year Retreat at Prairiewoods
Date of Retreat: Dec 11 2015
Retreat End Date : Dec 13 2015
Spiritual Orientation: Open to All
Primary Theme: Personal Development
Name and Location of Retreat Center :
 Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
Website: prairiewoods.org
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Come, be still. Of song, dream and love, new life is born! What great loves are gestating in your life, and how can you nourish the germinating seeds while wintering? Join Prairiewoods Retreat Coordinators Laura Weber and Ann Jackson, PBVM, for a weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) that will warm and inspire you to slow down, lean back and listen to the deepening stillness.
Begin the new year with a heart that is ready for life! Laura and Sister Ann are both trained spiritual directors on staff at Prairiewoods. The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes retreat sessions, lodging and all meals.
The commuter fee is $180 and includes retreat sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration.
For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.



Registration Contact:
Web Site:  pw.retreatportal.net
Email: ecospirit@prairiewoods.org
Telephone: 319-395-6700

Retreat Leader: Laura Weber and Ann Jackson
Leader Biography: 

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