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June 2018

Art Gallery: Living the Legacy

June 6 10:00 am - July 30 5:00 pm

Art students from two Dominican high schools present their works, continuing the legacy of the value of the arts that goes back to Fr. Mazzuchelli and the first Sisters. Additionally, the exhibit will feature works by various Dominican Sister artists.

July 2018

Organ Concert

July 25 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Organ Concert Series

This years marks the 27th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from Austria and Prague, as well as, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public

Memory Cafe

July 26 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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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.

Grief Retreat: Journey Toward Wholeness

July 28 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 2018

Organ Concert

August 1 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Organ Concert Series

This years marks the 27th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from Austria and Prague, as well as, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public

Sinsinawa Art Gallery will host “Studium: Edgewood College Art Department Faculty Exhibition” Aug. 3 through Sept. 29. A reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. Ten faculty members of Edgewood College Art Department, Madison, Wis., will be displaying their works of mixed media.

Voices Serving the Holy in All: A Singing Retreat

August 3 7:00 pm - August 4 4:30 pm

This retreat is for people who don't sing, and for people who love to sing. Together we will sing songs that hold us together with life. Singing together deepens our sense of communion with others and our sacred respect and wonder in the face of all nature.

No Child Left Inside: From Forest to Garden

August 8 9:00 am - August 10 1:00 pm

Children today spend half the time their parents did playing outside. This camp, aimed at youth between the ages of 7-12, is designed to change that by connecting children with the natural world. As we explore the forest and gardens of Sinsinawa Mound, we'll aim to cultivate a sense of deep respect and profound wonder for one another and the Earth.
CAMP IS FULL.

Organ Concert

August 8 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Organ Concert Series

This years marks the 27th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from Austria and Prague, as well as, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Yoga Retreat: The Interactions of Prayer with Meditation

August 10 7:30 pm - August 12 1:00 pm

As we move through life we sometimes pray half-heartedly. Are these prayers heard? Do they matter? Sometimes we wonder how to pray. Are there special words or ways that work better? Then there is meditation, what does that have to do with praying? If I cannot meditate because I do not know how or my mind is too busy, does that affect my prayer? Is there more than one way to meditate? Basically, how do the two interact with each other??? These and others, are questions we will explore as we combine the ancient practices of Hatha physical practice of Yoga, Praying and Meditation

Organ Concert

August 15 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Organ Concert Series

This years marks the 27th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from Austria and Prague, as well as, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public

Zentangle Workshop

August 18 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Zentangle is a pen and ink meditative art form. The class consists of two sessions in which the participant will learn to draw eight to ten patterns. Interspersed with the drawing will be mindfulness and meditative exercises

Kissed by God: Holy Women Create!

August 21 9:30 am - August 22 4:00 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 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). 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 in your own inner wisdom, grace and creativity in a welcoming setting.

Organ Concert

August 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Organ Concert Series

This years marks the 27th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from Austria and Prague, as well as, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Organ Concert

August 29 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Organ Concert Series

This years marks the 27th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from Austria and Prague, as well as, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Memory Cafe

August 30 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Image of Elderly Couple

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.

September 2018

A Circle of Drums: The Rhythms of Our Life

September 8 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A Circle of Drums is Bill Kehl’s high-energy, hands-on, let’s-create-a-powerful-moment-together presentation emphasizing collaborative, creative individual expression while also exhibiting the benefits of synergetic group dynamics. With an ensemble of beautiful drums and percussion instruments of all sizes and shapes from around the world, Bill energetically facilitates a meaningful team-building experience that exuberantly celebrates the expansive nature of human potential and the ecstatic response to group rhythm-making.

Harvest Fest

September 8 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come to the second annual Harvest Fest at the Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm -- a great opportunity to meet our nine beginning farmers growing organic vegetables on five different plots, as well as our long-time dairy farmer. There will be farm tours, hay rides, and fun kid activities.

Glass Bowl Class

September 15 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Glass artist, Barb McKinlay, will help you make a bowl of your own design. Learn about glass fusing, design and decorating with many pieces of glass; abstract shapes, pebbles, noodles and stringers. Each participant will also make 4 abstract magnets with many options for creativity. No experience is necessary. Bring your friends and have a fun morning

Women Rooted in Faith

September 21 7:30 pm - September 23 1:00 pm

Come and find God's fingerprints of the story of your life. In the unrelenting busyness of today's schedules, crowded calendars and exhausted minds, we become mentally drained and tend to push spirituality to the back burner. When life stretches you in every direction and it's a struggle to stay centered, discover the spiritual practices that will help you become more deeply rooted in grace.

Fall Equinox

September 22 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us to honor the dawn of Autumn. In this two-hour session, we will celebrate the meaning of fall through ritual and contemplation. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several types of spiritual practices, using Sinsinawa Mound's outdoor resources: the woods, hiking trails, gardens and the labyrinth. Bring a journal, a sketch pad, a book of poetry, sacred scripture or just yourself - whatever will help you better connect with the Earth. This session will take place outdoors and is part of our ongoing series, "Exploring a Contemplative Ecology."

Flyover Country: A Poetry Reading

September 25 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Austin Smith will read from his new poetry collection, Flyover Country, an investigation of violence: the violence we do to the land, to animals, to refugees, to the citizens of distant countries, to one another. Smith holds up to the reader the beauty and cruelty of rural life, drawing from memories of his childhood on a family dairy farm in Illinois. In writing about the Midwest, Smith critiques the condescending idea of rural America as mere "flyover country," while at the same time suggests that America herself has become a "flyover country," carrying out drone strikes and surveillance abroad, locked in a state of perpetual war that its populace is weary of but seems helpless to stop.

Memory Cafe

September 27 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Image of Elderly Couple

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.

October 2018

Parables Retreat

October 2 9:00 am - October 3 3:00 pm

Jesus' parables are not intended to be a rarefied study nor are they merely monologues to be heard and accepted without reflection! Justice is at the center of Jesus' spirituality;; his ministry is therefore, rightfully concerned with politics & economics, with living wages and workers' rights, with uncovering the hidden corruptions of the ruling system, and so much more. Come together with friends to reflect on Jesus' parables as subversive speech!

Glass Ornament Class

October 13 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come use your creativity and have fun! With Barb’s guidance, each student will design and decorate six fused glass ornaments (or four ornaments and a small 4” tray) --- trees / presents / rounds / butterflies or other abstract shapes with the pieces provided

This exploratory half-day workshop is designed for those who are thinking about starting a farm business. The workshop includes hands-on activities, practical tips, resource assessments, and a panel discussion with successful farmers abut how they started their business. We'll end the day with a tour of the Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm

Against an unflinching backdrop of contemporary reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas, Kent Nerburn's powerful Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder tells the story of two men, one white and one Indian, struggling to find a common voice. Nerburn insightfully takes us past the myths and stereotypes of the Native American experience, revealing an America few ever see.

Memory Cafe

October 25 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Image of Elderly Couple

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.

Free Film Screening: Dakota 38

October 26 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This important 75-minute documentary tells the story of Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, and a group riding on horseback who retrace the 330-mile route from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the site of the largest mass hanging in U.S. history on the anniversary of the execution. "Don't miss this seasonal film of reconciliation and hope." (--Huffington Post)

This is a day to listen deeply: listen to the World (its complexity, pain, and daring), and listen for the Heart of the Divine pulsing within it and ourselves. Grace courses through our veins and shines in all creation. Let us have eyes to see and ears to hear so that both personally and societally, we may be bolstered with compassion and hope.

Native Voices

October 27 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This one-day conference at Sinsinawa Mound offers an opportunity to listen to and engage with regional American Indian leaders working to restore land, renew their cultural and spiritual traditions, and build just relationships with Creation. Meskwaki, Ho Chunk, Navajo, and Arapaho speakers and musicians will give voice to their contemporary lives and struggles, and speak to their culture and history.

November 2018

Jesse Manibusan Concert

November 2 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of music and reflection with Christian singer, Jesse Manibusan! Jesse will offer an intergenerational evening of music, stories and prayer.

Against an unflinching backdrop of contemporary reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas, Kent Nerburn's powerful Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder tells the story of two men, one white and one Indian, struggling to find a common voice. Nerburn insightfully takes us past the myths and stereotypes of the Native American experience, revealing an America few ever see.

Life-Tapestry

November 9 7:30 pm - November 10 4:30 pm

Weaving the "Holy" ... into the threads of everyday life!
"God is present in the details of the everyday but is also visible when we pull back and take a wider gaze upon our lives and pay attention to the patterns and ways things have been woven together." Christine Valters Painter, PhD, Eyes of the Heart

presented by the Julien Chamber Singers

Memory Cafe

November 29 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Image of Elderly Couple

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 2018

Grief Retreat: Journey Toward Wholeness

December 1 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

The farmer-poet Wendell Berry (1934-) is arguably today's most important, significant, and interesting writer and critic on matters of land, health, community, and spirituality. This day-long retreat will be a celebration of Berry's life and words, contemplatively delving into his importance for our precarious age. This event is part of our ongoing series, "Exploring a Contemplative Ecology."

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

Winter Solstice

December 21 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us to honor the longest night and shortest day of the year. In this two-hour session, we will celebrate the Solstice through ritual and contemplation. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several types of spiritual exercises. This session will take place mostly indoors and is part of our ongoing series, "Exploring a Contemplative Ecology."

February 2019

Embrace the Change: A retreat on navigating life’s wavering terrain

February 1, 2019 7:30 pm - February 3, 2019 1:00 pm
Sinsinawa Personal Retreats

"The thing that screws us up the most is the picture in our minds of how it is supposed to be."

You see, it comes down to this: Everything changes, it is all unfolding as it should, so, relax, pay attention and be creative.

March 2019

Film Screening: City of Trees

March 12, 2019 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This 75-minute documentary engagingly explores the intersections of race, class, work, non-profits, community politics, and the environment by looking at a Washington, DC "green jobs" program meant to employ the city's long-term unemployed. The film will be followed by discussion.

Women of the Passion

March 13, 2019 9:00 am - March 14, 2019 3:00 pm

Mary Ellen is happy to join those on retreat in reflecting on the lives of "Women of the Passion," whose names have often been excluded or whose lives have often been hidden, yet whose spirits speak to us today of our own spiritual journey. Through first-person sharing, you will meet, CLAUDIA, wife of Pontius Pilate, MARY, wife of Cleopas, JOANNA, wife of Chuza, Herod's servant, SALOME, wife of Zebedee and mother of James & John, UNNAMED MAIDSERVANT of High Priest, Caiaphas, UNNAMED DAUGHTERS of Jerusalem, UNNAMED WOMAN WHO ANOINTED Jesus' head, and VERONICA, who wiped the face of Jesus. Each of these women mentor our own evolving consciousness of Jesus' Resurrection and His continuing spirit living within and among us.

Dan Schutte Concert

March 29, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Lenten Evening of Music and Reflection

Come join us for an evening of music and reflection that will be sure to stir our hearts and guide us to a new awareness of God's work within us. For years, the music of Dan Schutte has anchored the faith of Christians and inspired us to draw closer to God. Some of Dan's most celebrated songs --- "Here I Am, Lord," "City of God" and "Sing a New Song" --- are from his years of collaboration with the St. Louis Jesuits. More recent collections like To Praise You and his Mass setting Mass of Christ the Savior continue to exhibit that enduring ability to reach into people's hearts, young and old, and draw them into prayer.

April 2019

Women of the Bible Drama

April 10, 2019 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.

Women of the Bible Drama

April 11, 2019 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.

Map of My Kingdom

April 27, 2019 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

Sacred Space, Sacred Pathway

May 3, 2019 7:30 pm - May 4, 2019 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

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.

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.

August 2019

Kissed by God: Holy Women Create!

August 9, 2019 7:30 pm - August 11, 2019 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).

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