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February 2019

Art Gallery Exhibit: Best in Glass

February 1 10:00 am - March 31 5:00 pm

New work by glass artist Barb McKinlay and 16 of her students. Barb regularly teaches art glasses at Sinsinawa Mound Center and will be showcasing some of her students' beautifully designed bowls. Barb's work includes wall hangings from her FACES collection, as well as, several collection of her tabletop pieces.

March 2019

Canvas Painting: Birdhouse

March 21 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sarah Barnes, artist and owner of Create It Art Studio in Dubuque, Iowa will guide you step-by-step in how to paint on canvas. All supplies will be provided. Bring your friends for a enjoyable and creative evening out!

Spring Equinox

March 23 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us in honoring the turning of the seasons through song and ritual, celebration and contemplation. All are welcome at this ecumenical outdoor gathering. We'll meet inside the main entrance at Sinsinawa Mound at 8 a.m. and proceed outdoors together.

This exploratory workshop is designed for those who are thinking about starting a farm business. The day includes hands-on activities, practical tips, resource assessments, and a panel discussion with successful farmers about how they started their businesses.

Lenten Taize Prayer

March 25 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.

Memory Cafe

March 28 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Kent Schuerelle - Grant County History and Folklore - Part II
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.

Dan Schutte Concert

March 29 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Love and Grace Concert: An Evening of Music and Reflection
With a music legacy of 50 years, the music of Dan Schutte has played an integral role in shaping the liturgical life of the English-speaking Church. His songs have lifted the hearts of generations of faith into deeper prayer and worship of God. Dan's new collection, Love and Grace, featuring his beautiful melodies and compelling lyrics, continues that legacy.

April 2019

Lenten Taize Prayer

April 1 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.

Music Ministry

Looking to improve your ringing skills in a fun event with other ringers who share your enthusiasm for handbells? Ringin' Spring Handbell Workshop features mass ringing, break-out sessions, lunch, a closing mini-concert, and great handbell friends!

In a time of great social and ecological upheaval, it is vital that we forge alternative ways of being in the world. During our retreat, we’ll contemplatively grapple with and explore possible lifestyles that go beyond the consumer paradigm and instead generate connection and kinship.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery presents “Falling Away/Moving Ahead." Helen Reznicek is a printmaker whose work is always quite personal and expressive, and the motion of creating the images is often evident in the finished pieces.

The handbell ringers who participated in the Ringin' Spring Handbell Workshop will present a mini-concert of the pieces they rehearsed.

Lenten Taize Prayer

April 8 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.

In the third of Kent Nerburn's Neither Wolf Nor Dog trilogy, he once again offers a glimpse into the hidden world of Native America, where dreams have meaning, animals are teachers, and the "old ones" still have powers beyond our understanding.

Women of the Bible Drama

April 10 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 17 years, we have seen several different women come to life through this truly unique experience.

Women of the Bible Drama

April 11 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 17 years, we have seen several different women come to life through this truly unique experience.

Understand reasons why behavior changes occur and get problem-solving tips to help prevent and cope with them. This program is part of our Brain Health Programs sponsored in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Nature has long provided a place of solace and comfort. These days, as many of us are anxious, sad, frustrated, or burned out, we are urgently seeking a place of rest, renewal, and hope.

Memory Cafe

April 25 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dancing with Christine Miller & Shawn Barneson
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.

Canvas Painting: Sunflower Bouquet

April 25 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sarah Barnes, artist and owner of Create It Art Studio in Dubuque, Iowa will guide you step-by-step in how to paint on canvas. All supplies will be provided. Bring along your friends for an enjoyable and creative evening out!

Map of My Kingdom

April 27 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Who's going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or have you even started to think that far ahead? Map of My Kingdom, a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa's Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition.

May 2019

Meeting Alzheimer’s

May 1 9:00 am - May 2 3:30 pm

It can be difficult to understand, communicate and connect with people who have Alzheimer's or dementia. They may say or do things that don't make sense, or they may become upset or angry. Finding creative ways to react and respond can make a big difference in the quality of their lives and enhance on-going relationships.

Crossing Bridges

May 2 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Crossing Bridges is an educational discussion group for people who have mild memory loss or are in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and their primary care partners. The philosophy of the group is to promote a fulfilled life while living with cognitive change.

Sacred Space, Sacred Pathway

May 3 7:30 pm - May 4 4:30 pm

A Labyrinth Retreat

Every day life often finds us in a dizzy spin as we maneuver non-stop through 24-hour days! This experience will offer the luxury of time and space to stop long enough and slow down to relax and regain inner balance. The labyrinth process reminds us that each person walks individually on a sacred journey, yet we share the path to God with others! Away from the responsibilities, noise and the distractions of everyday life, you will be invited to consider what is going on inside of your soul, as well as consider the path ahead

Cornerstone Lecture

May 4 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning poet, writer, and author of The New York Times best sellers The Cloister Walk; Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life; Dakota: A Spiritual Geography; Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith; The Virgin of Bennington; and seven books of poetry. She is the nonfiction editor of the Saint Katherine Review and serves as an editorial advisor to Give Us This Day

Memory Cafe

May 30 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lou Oswald - musician and vocalist
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 2019

This retreat day is an in-depth look at the lives of eight women of scripture, four from the Old Testament and four from the New Testament. We see the experiences of women from thousands of years meet our own modern day journey.

Learning Among Friends

June 13 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

After completing Crossing Bridges, there is an opportunity for participants to meet regularly to discuss topics of their choice and share support. The program is sponsored in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Celebrate Spirit! Behold the Divine Within

June 15 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

A Day of Reflection for Women

Gail enjoys celebrating the delightful story of women's spirit in all its forms, colors, and possibilities using sculpture, poetry, photography and music. She shares her wonderful collection of miniature sculptured figures, which represent many of the delightful and beautiful aspects of women's spirit flowing from the Divine light within. Her goal is to offer women an opportunity to witness and to celebrate their own preciousness. With a sense of gratitude and awe, Gail invites you to celebrate with her the fullness of what it is to be woman.

Ora et Labora

June 21 9:00 am - June 23 1:00 pm

Latin for "prayer and work," this retreat is an opportunity to nurture both soul and soil. Experience a balanced rhythm of work, prayer, presentation, discussion, and rest. Participants will spend the work portion of each day in the Sinsinawa Mound gardens and will enjoy meals prepared with food from the garden.

Summer Solstice

June 21 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us in honoring the turning of the seasons through song and ritual, celebration and contemplation. All are welcome at this ecumenical outdoor gathering. Participants will gather near the main entrance and proceed outdoors together.

Memory Cafe

June 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.

July 2019

Memory Cafe

July 18 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.

John Two-Hawks Concert

July 19 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience the enchanting music and profound wisdom of John Two-Hawks. With an evocative tapestry of mystical sound and moving oratory, Two-Hawks welcomes all to reawaken the awareness of our living connection to the earth and to the unseen world.

Grief Retreat: Journey to Wholeness

July 20 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

Native Flute Class & Wisdom

July 20 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Take a journey with Grammy® and Emmy® nominated Native Flute recording artist John Two-Hawks into the mysteries of the hokagapi; that ancient indigenous woodwind that makes a voice to the song of your heart, was used to serenade a beloved, and became an instrument of healing for a line of medicine people. A fun experience of interesting exploration of the amazing, enchanting Native American Flute, with stories, lessons and song! Flutes will be available to borrow or purchase during the workshop.

August 2019

No Child Left Inside

August 7 9:00 am - August 9 1:00 pm

Children today spend half the time their parents did playing outside. This camp, aimed at youth between the ages of 7 and 10, is designed to change that by connecting children with the natural world. Eric Anglada will guide youth as they explore the forest and gardens of Sinsinawa Mound and aim to cultivate a sense of deep respect and wonder for one another and Earth.

Kissed by God: Holy Women Create!

August 9 7:30 pm - August 11 1:00 pm

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, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux, the writers. This interactive weekend retreat 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).

Praying & Painting Your Icon

August 15 9:00 am - August 18 5:00 pm

The 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 your own icon.

Is It Time for Facility Care?

August 22 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Review life situations to consider when making the decision to move to facility care. This program is offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Memory Cafe

August 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.

September 2019

In celebration of two decades of interactive fall programs at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Bill Kehl will be returning to offer a special version of his ever popular rhythmic retreat.

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

Film Screening: “Bidder 70”

September 24 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.

Memory Cafe

September 26 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Memory Walk
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 2019

ValLimar Jansen in Concert

October 4 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come and join us for a multigenerational evening of music and worship. ValLimar is a highly regarded inspirational / catechetical speaker, singer, composer and recording artist. She sings a broad range of styles from traditional to contemporary. ValLimar has a long history of singing sacred music starting at the age of five.

The Overstory explores the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that conflict and who are drawn up into its unfolding challenge.

End of Life and Dementia

October 24 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn how to communicate with a person in the late stage of dementia and understand their emotions. This program is offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Memory Cafe

October 31 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Halloween - Fever River Puppeteers
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.

November 2019

Memory Cafe

November 21 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.

Voices Serving the Holy in All

November 22 7:00 pm - November 23 3:00 pm

This retreat is for people who don't sing and for people who love to sing. Songleader, Liz Rog will help us relax into the voices we were born to sing with as we share beautiful, playful, simple songs that can reshape the world. Come bring your voice to help create an island of sanity, a place of belonging. We'll learn songs that are relevant to the world we're tending, songs that are easy to carry home and keep singing in our everyday lives.

Memory Cafe

November 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.

December 2019

Throughout life, we experience the loss of people, places, and things. We will reflect on our losses and 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. During this service you will be presented with the ornament to take and place in your home during the holiday season.

Moms, daughters, and other loved ones of all ages are invited to join us for this annual tea gathering. Wear your favorite holiday dresses, and girls, bring your dolls, too! We will be presenting tea, hot chocolate, canapés, and holiday desserts on the Mound’s Heritage Collection of porcelain plates and silver services. Nativities from around the world will be available for viewing in our Art Gallery.
Registration will not start until September 1, 2019.

Join us in honoring the longest night and shortest day of the year through song and ritual, celebration and contemplation. Most of this session will take place indoors, though we'll have a small fire outdoors, as well as opportunity for contemplative time outdoors. All are welcome to this ecumenical gathering.

March 2020

See What the Parables Have in Store for Us

March 27, 2020 6:30 pm - March 29, 2020 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

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