Sinsinawa Mound Center offers retreats and programs as well as opportunities for personal reflection and renewal in a comfortable, rural setting.
Native Book Discussion: Solar Storms: A Novel (Zoom)
Pulitzer Prize finalist Linda Hogan tells the moving story of a troubled Native American girl coming of age in the foster system in Oklahoma, who decides to reunite with her family —a stunning island town that lies at the border of Canada and Minnesota—where she finds that their sacred land is threatened.
Wood Painting: Spring Wreath (on site)Sinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
Sarah Barnes will guide you step-by-step in how to paint on wood. All supplies will be provided. Bring along your family and friends for an enjoyable and creative morning!
Arbor Day Hike (on site)Sinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
Trees, trees, trees! Come celebrate Arbor Day at the Mound with a lovely hike through our forests discussion the arboreal giants that live among us. This is an outdoor activity and we will be hiking on and off trail so be sure to bring sturdy hiking boots and weather appropriate clothing.
Joy of Forgiveness (on site) back for the third timeSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
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. Forgiving is the only way to stop the pain and bring hope to the future.
“Neutral Ground” Native Lands Tour (off site)
Story lives in place. In this Native Lands Tour we'll travel to a number of sites around Fayette, Iowa where the Ho-Chunk were forced during the so-called "neutral ground" period of the 19th century.
Forest Ecology HikeSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
Birds, bugs, and beauty galore! Find all this and more at the Mound this spring season. Come join us to hike and learn all about forest ecology in our little slice of the Driftless.
Grief Retreat: Journey Toward WholenessSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
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.
Native Book Discussion: Angeline Boulley (Ojibwe), Firekeeper’s Daughter: A Novel (Zoom)
"Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, writes from a place of love for her community and shares some key teachings from her culture, even mixing languages within the context of the story."
Wild Church: Summer SolsticeSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
Fire and song, ritual and community, prayer and quiet: this inclusive, outdoor gathering is centered on honoring the longest day of the year - the sacred time of Summer Solstice on the sacred land of Sinsinawa Mound.
No Child Left InsideSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
Fridays, June 23, 30, July 7. These day-long camps, open to 7-11 year-olds, will be filled with games, exploration, story-telling, hiking, plant identification, and more - all with the intent to connect children with the land. Participants should be ready to learn about themselves and nature, get some exercise, and have lots of fun.
No Child Left Inside (2 day camp)Sinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
Sinsinawa Mound is sponsoring a two-day summer camp (August 3 & 4) designed to connect children with the living world and cultivate a sense of deep respect and wonder for one another and the Earth. We'll play games and explore; we'll sneak and crawl; we'll take on animal forms and track who else has been spending time in the forests and gardens of Sinsinawa Mound. We'll sit. We'll notice. We'll sing and share gratitude.
Native Book Discussion: The Grass Dancer: A Novel (Zoom)
Inspired by the lore of her Indigenous heritage, Susan Power has forged a novel of interconnected stories rich with drama and infused with the magic of the everyday. The Grass Dancer reveals the harsh price of unfulfilled longings and the healing power of mystery and hope.
“Hagia Sophia”: Thomas Merton’s Magnificent Poem of Contemplation in ActionSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
The renowned monk and mystic Thomas Merton helps us deepen into the life of Sophia. In his prose-poem “Hagia Sophia” he offers us the beauty of words to reveal the Wisdom beyond words, Sophia. In this day-long retreat, Paula Hirschboeck will guide us in exploring and practicing each phase of Merton’s experience of Sophia.
Healing Haunted HistoriesSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
"There is too much broken that must be mended, too much hurt we have done to each other that cannot yet be forgiven," writes the poet Denise Levertov. We live in a land that is haunted, where the spirit of past colonial violence and Native dispossession is still present among us. This retreat will explore the "hauntings" of this continent, region and landscape, while delving into practical ways of healing.
Harvest FestSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
Harvest Fest is back at the Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm! Come join us for collaborative farm tours, hay rides, live music, natural tie-dying, prairie tours, and more. Learn about our local organic food system and meet the farmers who provide fresh healthy veggies to you and your family.
When God Was a Bird (Zoom)
Buried deep within the Christian tradition are startling portrayals of God as the beaked and feathered Holy Spirit - the "animal God," as it were. Weaving together scripture, theology, philosophy, and personal stories of sacred nature, Wallace will present a model of God in Christianity as a creaturely, avian being who signals the presence of spirit in everything, human, and more-than-human alike.
The History of Yoga & ChristianitySinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
While yoga started out as an obscure practice thousands of years ago in India, it is now a worldwide phenomenon. But how did yoga make its way out of India? Is yoga appropriate for Christians to practice? Did you know that there are numerous forms of "Christian Yoga" which are now taught around the world?
Canvas Painting Class: Fall GnomeSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
Sarah Barnes, artist from Dubuque, Iowa will guide you step-by-step in how to paint on canvas. All supplies will be provided. Bring along a friend for an enjoyable and creative morning!
Meeting Alzheimer’s: Effective Communication, Connection & CareSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
It can be difficult to 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 for reasons we don't understand. Knowing creative ways to react and respond can make a big difference in the quality of their lives and enhance their on-going relationships with caregivers.
It’s Okay, Boomer, It’s Going to Be Okay: Reflections and Reassurance for the Journey AheadSinsinawa Mound 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, United States
The generation born between 1946 and 1964 has often been described as optimistic and idealistic. Over the years we've worked hard and played hard and certainly left our mark on history. Despite the younger generations' call for us to move aside, our world is desperately in need of a wisdom born of lived experience.