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Sinsinawa Mound Center offers retreats and programs as well as opportunities for personal reflection and renewal in a comfortable, rural setting.

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April 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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