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August 2019

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

3rd Annual Harvest Fest

September 7 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate fall with our annual Harvest Fest at the Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm. The day includes farm tours, hay rides, live music, kids' activities, and snacks. Learn about the local food system and see how beginning farmers are getting their businesses off the ground. You'll be able to purchase organic veggies directly from the six farm businesses that make us this year's cohort.

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.

Canvas Painting: Fall Tree

September 19 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!

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

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.

Sacred Lands Tour

October 3 6:30 pm - October 6 6:00 pm

This tour will take us on guided visits to indigenous sacred sites at Effigy Mounds National Monument (Harpers Ferry, IA) and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our guides will include the staff of Effigy Mounds, Rev. Robert Two Bulls (Lakota), Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican), and Larry Martin (Ojibwe).

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.

Reading the Driftless Forest

October 12 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to read the stories of the Driftless Region's forest through clues to its history and current state of being. Ron Lindblom, Land Stewardship Director, will guide the group in exploring the grounds of Sinsinawa Mound to learn how the forest has adapted to the geology and ecology of the Driftless Region and how the forest has changed in recent times due to human activity.

Compassion Begins Within

October 18 7:30 pm - October 19 4:30 pm

Self-compassion can be difficult when we do not treat ourselves with the same compassion as we offer to others. Self-compassion refers to relating to yourself with loving-kindness. We must first nurture compassion in ourselves before we can offer loving-kindness to others.

Canvas Painting: Witches’ Feet

October 22 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!

Glass Ornament Class

October 26 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.

Glass Bowl Class

October 26 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Glass artist Barb McKinlay will help you make a bowl of your own design. Learn about glass fusing, design, and decorating with pieces of glass, abstract shapes, pebbles, noodles, and stringers. Each participant will also make four abstract magnets with many options for creativity.

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

Join Sinsinawa Mound, Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light, RENEW Wisconsin, and other organizations for a workshop about renewable energy in faith communities. Participants will be introduced to a faith perspective on the moral and equity imperative for clean energy and be presented with opportunities for advancing clean energy at the personal or congregational level.

Canvas Painting: Let’s Be Home

November 12 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Celebrate Spirit! Behold the Divine Within

November 16 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.

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.

December 2019

Canvas Painting: Snowman

December 3 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sarah Barnes, owner of Create It Art Studio, will guide you step by step how to paint your own canvas. All materials will be provided. Bring along your friends for a fun and creative evening out.

Grief Retreat: Journey towards Wholeness

December 7 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

Forest Therapy Walk

December 22 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing. Therapy is not a naturalist walk. Rather, it is a slow, meditative walk in nature that takes a holistic view to the physiological, mental, emotional, and psycho-spiritual benefits to be derived from an embodied contact with nature and aims to engage humans through their senses, not their intellects.

January 2020

Perfectly Imperfect

January 31, 2020 7:30 pm - February 2, 2020 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 everyday 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

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.

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

April 2020

Glass Tray Class

April 18, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Glass artist, Barb McKinlay will help you make a 7.5" square tray of your own design. Learn about glass fusing, design, and decorating with pieces of glass, abstract shapes, pebbles, noodles, and stringers.

Yoga Retreat: Finding New Connectors to God

April 24, 2020 7:30 pm - April 26, 2020 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.

Women of the Bible Drama

April 28, 2020 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, 2020 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.

June 2020

Expansive Horizons of Faith

June 19, 2020 7:00 pm - June 21, 2020 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.

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