Sinsinawa Mound Center offers retreats and programs as well as opportunities for personal reflection and renewal in a comfortable, rural setting.
Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 17 & Dec. 1
This 3-part series involves combining lines and words. Similar to Chinese brush painting, we will create 3 effortless strokes, to evoke the essence of the 3-line verses that will emerge. Attendance at the 3 sequential sessions will enable the process to unfold. Participants will playfully engage their imagination using with words and their “inner” vision to give expression to the simple brush stroke images.
This two-hour, outdoor treewalk, led by horticulturalist and Sinsinawa Associate Tim McAndrews, will be an educational and contemplative look into the natural world of Sinsinawa Mound, with attention to the inter-relationships between the plants, animals, humans, and the rest of the creatures that make up this community of life.
Sarah Barnes, artist and owner of Create It Art Studio in Dubuque, Iowa will guide you step-by-step in how to paint this snowman on wood. All supplies will be provided. Bring along your friends for an enjoyable and creative evening out!
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.
We need songs and songs need us. Songs are one of the oldest technologies for belonging in community, and there are songs for times such as this.
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 memorial 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. This service is a living memorial and provides an opportunity for you and your family to experience a new and meaningful ritual.
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!
New York Times bestseller. "Louise Erdrich is one our era's most powerful literary voices ... In The Night Watchman Erdrich's blend of spirituality, gallows humor, and political resistance is at play." (Christian Science Monitor).
In 1967, three of the most important ecological writer-activists of the 20th century met as friends on the grounds of the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky: farmer Wendell Berry (1934-), poet Denise Levertov 1923-1997), and monk Thomas Merton (1916-1968). During this retreat, we will contemplatively explore the intertwining lives of the three, delving into their poetry and prose, with specific attention to their engagement with the land.
There's never been a better time to remove the barriers to a healthy, productive life! Even though people have hurt you and you cannot forget it, you can be free from grudges, resentment, self-defeating habits, and negative feelings.
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?