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July 2020

An Interview with Christopher Hill, author of Holidays and Holy Nights and Into the Mystic.

For many people the chaos of fifty-hour workweeks and the demands of family have created a hectic, routine-driven life. Time itself becomes a conveyor belt moving us contnuously from one demand to the next and year-to-year.

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! This program is currently full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please call 608-748-4411, ext. 811.

WEBINAR – Black Land Matters

July 15 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At this crucial racial moment, let's discuss the connections between racism, land, food, black-led agrarian projects, and possibilities for reparations.

.Join us for a discussion of the 2001 novel on place, memory, and agriculture that’s been hailed as a "masterpiece," "stunning," and "a sublime meditation on how irrevocable loss is redeemd through a renewed sense of kinship with the land and the past."

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

John Eby will present on the English mystic Julian of Norwich. Julian wrote the earliest surviving book in English by a woman during a time of multiple calamities for nearly all of Europe. Her spiritual teachings are remarkably fresh and well-suited to our modern age and especially for times of crisis.

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An Interview with Paula Palmer and Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)

Join us for this hour-long interview to learn about building relationships among Native and non-Native communities based on truth, respect, justice and our shared humanity

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

WEBINAR – Ecology of Silence

August 26 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Memory Cafe – CANCELLED

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.

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.

September 2020

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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. In the Doctrine of Discovery we find the roots of injustice.

Canvas Painting: Happy Fall

September 15 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!

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.

Land Trust Days Sinsinawa Hike

September 26 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy a fall hike on the 450-acre Sinsinawa Mound with Sinsinawa Staff and Mississippi Valley Conservancy to celebrate Wisconsin Land Trust Days. This unique property is home to the Dominican Sisters, restored oak savanna, an organic collaborative farm, the highest point in Grant County, and much more. Along the hike, you'll learn about ecological restoration, sustainable agriculture, conservation easements, indigenous history, and visit a solar array.

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.

Canvas Painting: Winter Barn

October 13 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!

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.

Dan Schutte Concert

October 18 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us as we come together in celebration and to give thanks to our God for all the good that has come out of this pandemic. We’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 all.

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

Scattering Loving-Kindness Here, There & Everywhere

November 6 7:30 pm - November 7 4:30 pm

During this Labyrinth Retreat experience, participants will be invited to be intentional about holding self and others with compassion during this time of global uncertainty. The labyrinth will be blended with the practices of loving-kindness through the Peace Prayer of St. Francis and Pali Metta Prayer.

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.

Joy of Forgiveness

November 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.

Canvas Painting: Skating Snowperson

November 17 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!

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.

Voices Serving the Holy in All

November 20 6:30 pm - November 21 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.

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.

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.

Natura Divina: Winter Solstice/Advent

December 21 6:30 pm - 8:30 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.

February 2021

This retreat is about discovering a way of using the photographic medium to deepen your spiritual journey by opening your senses to the way you relate to the world. It is not about what you see, rather how you see.

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

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