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January 2020

Art Gallery Exhibit: “Universe Canticle”

January 7 10:00 am - March 27 5:00 pm

Features fabric panels filled with stitchery, embroidery, weaving, and applique that depict the unfolding story of the universe, through the eyes and hands and artistic heritage of women from diverse cultural groups in South Africa.

Memory Cafe

January 30 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's or other dementias can come together. Family and friends are also encouraged to join! In this relaxed environment, participants can visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. A unique program or activity is offered each month.

Perfectly Imperfect

January 31 7:30 pm - February 2 1:00 pm

Progress in our spiritual journey is not about achieving perfection. Rather it invites us to inquire openly and with compassion about finding how the divine expresses in our daily lives. We often miss opportunities to deepen our spiritual growth by ignoring how our imperfections are actually the grist for the mill. Our imperfections are actually what we need to embrace in order to become free from old fears, doubts and self-doubts. Spiritual progress occurs only when we soften our self-aversion and begin to accept and relate wisely with deep compassion to what we judge to be imperfect.

February 2020

The half way point between solstices and equinoxes are known as “cross-quarters” and are significant feast days in the Celtic calendar. Today we honor one of those Gaelic feasts: Imbolc, which is also St. Brigid Day. We’ll also honor the feast of Candlemas.  

Come learn Native People's histories of the land that is Sinsinawa Mound. We'll draw from the Mascouten, Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi, and Meskwaki Nations. Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at UW-Platteville will lead this presentation. His recent work explores early indigenous and African American histories of the Driftless Region of Wisconsin.

Memory Cafe

February 27 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's or other dementias can come together. Family and friends are also encouraged to join! In this relaxed environment, participants can visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. A unique program or activity is offered each month.

The farmer-poet Wendell Berry (1934-) is arguably today’s most important, prophetic, and interesting writer on matters of land, health, community, and spirituality. This retreat will celebrate Berry’s life and words, contemplatively delving into his importance for our precarious age.

March 2020

Lenten Taize Prayer

March 2 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We prayerfully gather at the foot of the Cross with the suffering of our world. Through the simple, meditative prayer chants of Taize music, you will be drawn into a deeper prayer experience during this most sacred of seasons.

Sinsinawa Mound is hosting a morning with Gary Glazner, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. Glazner, an internationally recognized speaker and expert on using poetry with people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, will share his knowledge on this topic.

Joy of Forgiveness

March 14 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Even though people have hurt  you and you cannot forget it, you can be free from grudges, resentment, self-defeating habits, and negative feelings. Forgiving is the only way to stop the  pain and bring hope for the future. Come on a "healing journey" though this practical retreat.

Lenten Taize Prayer

March 16 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We prayerfully gather at the foot of the Cross with the suffering of our world. Through the simple, meditative prayer chants of Taize music, you will be drawn into a deeper prayer experience during this most sacred of seasons.

Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

March 19 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

With growing awareness of the importance of having memory disorders diagnosed early, come learn what is normal for our brains as we age, how our memories work, and what we can do if we are concerned for ourselves or others.

The Spring Equinox - a day of equal light and dark - falls within the season of Lent and is close to the feast of the Annunciation. 

Corn

We offer this 2-hour workshop in response to calls from Indigenous leaders at the United Nations and the World Council of Churches. Through an experiential exercise, we trace the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward right relationship.…

Memory Cafe

March 26 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's or other dementias can come together. Family and friends are also encouraged to join! In this relaxed environment, participants can visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. A unique program or activity is offered each month.

See What the Parables Have in Store for Us

March 27 6:30 pm - March 29 1:00 pm

Amidst the chaotic and violent atmosphere in which we live, have you been motivated to reflect on Jesus' parables lately? If, perhaps, you have come to such a reflection point, could you possibly imagine your discovery of Jesus' parables speaking to you

Lenten Taize Prayer

March 30 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We prayerfully gather at the foot of the Cross with the suffering of our world. Through the simple, meditative prayer chants of Taize music, you will be drawn into a deeper prayer experience during this most sacred of seasons.

April 2020

Dan Schutte Concert

April 3 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

COME AND BE FED!  You've been singing Dan's beloved melodies for years. Now the composer of "Here I Am, Lord, " "City of God" and "Sing a New Song" wants to share his love of God with you.  Dan weaves stories, prayer and reflection with song, inviting all into a deeper relationship with God.

Glass Garden Stakes

April 18 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come join Barb McKinlay to  design three beautiful fused glass garden ornaments on 12” or 18” stakes depending on whether you want to use your stakes indoors or outdoors. Make birds,  flowers, owls, cats, butterflies or your own abstract design in many colors. If you don’t need garden stakes, you can make a sun catchers to hang on your windows.

Glass Bowl, Tray or Dish Class

April 18 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Glass artist, Barb McKinlay will help you make a 7.5" square bowl, tray or ruffled dish of your own design. You will also make 4 necklace pendants (gold or silver bail included) or 4 magnets.

Join us for a discussion of the 2001 novel on place, memory, and agriculture that’s one of the most important novels about the land. Each discussion will cover roughly half the book.

Yoga Retreat: Finding New Connectors to God

April 24 7:30 pm - April 26 1:00 pm

We will work toward finding paths that assist us to understanding how the Divine tries to connect with us, as we work towards connecting to the Divine power and bring awareness to where you are spiritually.  We will discuss various experiences of other people who have connected to the Divine and investigate how their experiences might assist us to understanding ours more fully.

The 1832 military conflict, which pitted American militias and regulars against the Sauk warrior Black Hawk and his band, ended in a massacre of hundreds of men, women and children in the waters of the Mississippi River. Ms. Roberts will provide an overview of this tragic chapter in regional history with an emphasis on the role played by Henry Dodge, champion of the early lead miners and first Territorial Governor of Wisconsin.

Women of the Bible Drama

April 28 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Women of the Bible is a dramatic presentation told through several diverse voices of women for the Old and New Testaments. Anita Gutschick reaches back across the ages to vividly portray biblical women. Throughout the past 18 years, we have seen several different women come to life through this truly unique experience.

Women of the Bible Drama

April 29 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Women of the Bible is a dramatic presentation told through several diverse voices of women for the Old and New Testaments. Anita Gutschick reaches back across the ages to vividly portray biblical women. Throughout the past 18 years, we have seen several different women come to life through this truly unique experience.

Memory Cafe

April 30 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's or other dementias can come together. Family and friends are also encouraged to join! In this relaxed environment, participants can visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. A unique program or activity is offered each month.

Tri-State students, grades 5-8, gather for an afternoon instructional workshop under the direction of Kristen Eby, guest clinican, followed by a public concert at 7 p.m. Come experience the sound of music in Sinsinawa’s Queen of the Rosary Chapel, a true acoustic wonder.

May 2020

On the cross-quarter or “corner day” between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice lies the Celtic feast of Bealtaine, a day devoted to fertility and blessing of the land. This outdoor, ecumenical gathering is centered on  honoring the sacred cycles of the year and situating ourselves within the wider community of Creation.

Cornerstone Lecture

May 2 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kathleen Norris will present this lecture in honor of the founding Sisters of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation. Exploring the spiritual life, her work is at once intimate and historical, rich in poetry and meditations, brimming with exasperation and reverence, deeply grounded in both nature and spirit, sometimes funny, and often provocative.

If you have a loved one with Dementia. Healing Moments and Sinsinawa Mound want to help by offering informative, inspiring and hope-filled caregiver education.

Memory Cafe

May 28 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's or other dementias can come together. Family and friends are also encouraged to join! In this relaxed environment, participants can visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. A unique program or activity is offered each month.

June 2020

Wild Edibles Walk

June 13 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Andy Benson will lead a wild edibles and naturalist walk through Sinsinawa Mound. He’ll cover recipes, personal edible favorites, how to spot edibles, and more! 

We All Forget

June 18 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease & dementia? In this program you will learn the answer to that question as well as what causes dementia and receive practical things you can do, whether you are concerned about yourself, a loved one, or are just interested in helping others who are impacted by memory challenges.

Expansive Horizons of Faith

June 19 7:00 pm - June 21 1:00 pm

We are excited to have Diarmuid O'Murchu returning to Sinsinawa Mound Center for a retreat on the Expansive Horizons of Faith in the 21st century. In this age of mass information, new wisdom and insight comes our way on a daily basis, leading reflective people to question almost everything and seek out deeper meaning for faith and spirituality. This retreat will explore the ensuing challenges.

Tonight we celebrate the longest day of the year and the extravagance of light. This day also coincides with the feast of the nativity of St. John the Baptist. This outdoor, ecumenical gathering is centered on  honoring the sacred cycles of the year and situating ourselves within the wider community of Creation.

July 2020

Grief Retreat: Journey to Wholeness

July 25 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Throughout our life we experience the loss of people, places and things. We will take time to reflect on our losses and to discover how loss can lead to greater wholeness and holiness

August 2020

This cross-quarter day falls between the Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox and it is a Celtic feast to mark the beginning of harvest. This outdoor, ecumenical gathering is centered on honoring the sacred cycles of the year and situating ourselves within the wider community of Creation.

No Child Left Inside: Forest to Garden

August 10 9:00 am - August 14 1:00 pm

This camp, aimed at youth between the ages of 7-11, is designed to connect children with the natural world. We’ll explore the forest and gardens of Sinsinawa Mound, aiming to cultivate a sense of respect and awe for the natural world.  Participants should be ready to learn about themselves and nature, get some exercise, and have fun.

Communication Tips & Strategies

August 20 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn ways to effectively and compassionately communicate with someone who has dementia

Ecology of Silence

August 22 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our lives are too often caught up in the distractions of noise and busyness. This retreat will explore the role of science, stillness and noise in our lives and our society. We'll look to silence as a way to re-connect with Creation and the Divine. the day will consist of talks, discussion, silence, and time in nature.

Memory Cafe

August 27 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join our monthly gathering for people who are experiencing memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, or early Alzheimer’s or other dementia to share common interests and friendship. Participants will find common understanding and a safe environment for those living with memory loss. Memory Café is open to anyone in the tristate area and is free. Please have a caregiver present.

September 2020

Praying & Painting Your Icon

September 17 8:00 am - September 20 5:00 pm

This retreat will include morning presentations on the history of iconography; origin of icon painting; material used in iconography (difference between woodenboard & wall); first icon painters; most famous icon painters; materials used in modern iconography; usage of ancient techniques in present time; and icon painting in traditional style. After the morning sessions, you will learn the process of icon painting and will be painting you own icon.

Join us in honoring the dawning of Fall through song and ritual, celebration and contemplation. All are welcome to these ecumenical, outdoor gatherings.

Memory Cafe

September 24 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's or other dementias can come together. Family and friends are also encouraged to join! In this relaxed environment, participants can visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. A unique program or activity is offered each month.

October 2020

This is an intensive program for family members caring for someone with middle stage dementia. Participants will increase their understanding of the effects of dementia; gain insight into their own strengths and challenges as caregivers; enhance their coping skills related to caregiving responsibilities, problem solving, decision making, and end of life; develop an individualized plan of care.

David Haas in Concert

October 16 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Come join David for a musical and prayerful evening where we will sing and share the songs of prayer and the stories of faith that he has created ever the past 40 years. Some of David's well known songs include: "Song of the Body of Christ," "We Have Been Told," "Blest Are They," "You Are Mine," "We Are Called," and many others.

Memory Cafe

October 29 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's, or other dementias can come together. Family and friends are also encouraged to join! In this relaxed environment, participants can visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. A unique program or activity is offered each month that is stimulating and fun.

These outdoor, ecumenical gatherings are centered on honoring the sacred cycles of the year and situating ourselves within the wider community of Creation. Each two-hour session will include fire and ritual, community and song, prayer and contemplation. Our gatherings draw on the Liturgical calendar, Celtic spirituality and its feasts, as well as the growing Wild Church Network.

November 2020

Making Holidays Meaningful

November 12 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Those facing Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia in their family may question the sentiment, but it is possible to not only keep the cheer in the holidays, but to savor them.

Memory Cafe

November 19 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's, or other dementias can come together. Family and friends are also encouraged to join! In this relaxed environment, participants can visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. A unique program or activity is offered each month that is stimulating and fun.

December 2020

Grief Retreat: Journey Toward Wholeness

December 5 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Throughout our life we experience the loss of people, places and things. We will take time to reflect on our losses and to discover how loss can lead to greater wholeness and holiness.

This ecumenical service will be held to honor family and friends who have died. We are planning to honor our deceased loved ones by displaying a personalized ornament on a tree. The service is a living memorial and provides an opportunity for you and your family to experience a new and meaningful ritual.

Natura Divina: Winter Solstice/Advent

December 21 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

These outdoor, ecumenical gatherings are centered on honoring the sacred cycles of the year and situating ourselves within the wider community of Creation. Each two-hour session will include fire and ritual, community and song, prayer and contemplation. Our gatherings draw on the Liturgical calendar, Celtic spirituality and its feasts, as well as the growing Wild Church Network.

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Sinsinawa Mound Center

585 County Road Z
Sinsinawa, WI 53824
608-748-4411

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