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September 2018

Harvest Fest

September 8, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come to the second annual Harvest Fest at the Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm -- a great opportunity to meet our nine beginning farmers growing organic vegetables on five different plots, as well as our long-time dairy farmer. There will be farm tours, hay rides, and fun kid activities.

Glass Bowl Class

September 15, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Glass artist, Barb McKinlay, will help you make a bowl of your own design. Learn about glass fusing, design and decorating with many pieces of glass; abstract shapes, pebbles, noodles and stringers. Each participant will also make 4 abstract magnets with many options for creativity. No experience is necessary. Bring your friends and have a fun morning

Prayer for Peace

September 21, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

All are invited to join the Sinsinawa Mound community in prayer for peace in our world and in our hearts at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The Prayer for Peace service is being held in conjunction with the International Day of Peace (IDP), established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. The focus this year is “The Right to Peace—The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.” The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights

Women Rooted in Faith

September 21, 2018 7:30 pm - September 23, 2018 1:00 pm

PRIVATE ROOM REGISTRATION IS FULL
COMMUTER REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Come and find God's fingerprints of the story of your life. In the unrelenting busyness of today's schedules, crowded calendars and exhausted minds, we become mentally drained and tend to push spirituality to the back burner. When life stretches you in every direction and it's a struggle to stay centered, discover the spiritual practices that will help you become more deeply rooted in grace.

Fall Equinox

September 22, 2018 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us to honor the dawn of Autumn. In this two-hour session, we will celebrate the meaning of fall through ritual and contemplation. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several types of spiritual practices, using Sinsinawa Mound's outdoor resources: the woods, hiking trails, gardens and the labyrinth. Bring a journal, a sketch pad, a book of poetry, sacred scripture or just yourself - whatever will help you better connect with the Earth. This session will take place outdoors and is part of our ongoing series, "Exploring a Contemplative Ecology."

Flyover Country: A Poetry Reading

September 25, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Austin Smith will read from his new poetry collection, Flyover Country, an investigation of violence: the violence we do to the land, to animals, to refugees, to the citizens of distant countries, to one another. Smith holds up to the reader the beauty and cruelty of rural life, drawing from memories of his childhood on a family dairy farm in Illinois. In writing about the Midwest, Smith critiques the condescending idea of rural America as mere "flyover country," while at the same time suggests that America herself has become a "flyover country," carrying out drone strikes and surveillance abroad, locked in a state of perpetual war that its populace is weary of but seems helpless to stop.

Memory Cafe

September 27, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Image of Elderly Couple

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.

October 2018

Parables Retreat

October 2, 2018 9:00 am - October 3, 2018 3:00 pm

Jesus' parables are not intended to be a rarefied study nor are they merely monologues to be heard and accepted without reflection! Justice is at the center of Jesus' spirituality;; his ministry is therefore, rightfully concerned with politics & economics, with living wages and workers' rights, with uncovering the hidden corruptions of the ruling system, and so much more. Come together with friends to reflect on Jesus' parables as subversive speech!

28th Annual Quilt Exhibit

October 3, 2018 10:00 am - November 25, 2018 5:00 pm

Woven Fibers of Life Pieced Together

Quilters displaying their handiwork have a connection to the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters or a Sinsinawa Mound staff person. The exhibit is unique each year as quilts can only be displayed at Sinsinawa once.

Glass Ornament Class

October 13, 2018 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) --- trees / presents / rounds / butterflies or other abstract shapes with the pieces provided

Clarion Concert

October 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sinsinawa Mound will host Clarion, a trumpet and organ duo, for a concert Sunday, October 14 in Queen of the Rosary Chapel. Since 1983, Keith Benjamin (trumpet) and Melody Turnquist-Steed (organ) have collaborated to present an extraordinary range of styles, with performances featuring music spanning 400 years. The name Clarion suggest the musical connections to both the trumpet and organ. Furthermore, its meaning for the duo acts as a clarion call for new ideas, in keeping with their interest in the unique flavor of new music for trumpet and organ.

Fall Book Discussion: Neither Wolf nor Dog

October 23, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Against an unflinching backdrop of contemporary reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas, Kent Nerburn's powerful Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder tells the story of two men, one white and one Indian, struggling to find a common voice. Nerburn insightfully takes us past the myths and stereotypes of the Native American experience, revealing an America few ever see.

Free Film Screening: Dakota 38

October 26, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This important 75-minute documentary tells the story of Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, and a group riding on horseback who retrace the 330-mile route from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the site of the largest mass hanging in U.S. history on the anniversary of the execution. "Don't miss this seasonal film of reconciliation and hope." (--Huffington Post)

This is a day to listen deeply: listen to the World (its complexity, pain, and daring), and listen for the Heart of the Divine pulsing within it and ourselves. Grace courses through our veins and shines in all creation. Let us have eyes to see and ears to hear so that both personally and societally, we may be bolstered with compassion and hope.

Native Voices

October 27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION HAS PASSED.

November 2018

Jesse Manibusan Concert

November 2, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of music and reflection with Christian singer, Jesse Manibusan! Jesse will offer an intergenerational evening of music, stories and prayer. Jesse is a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist and evangelizer. Well recognized throughout the country as a dynamic speaker and musician, Jesse shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life.

Farm Business Planning

November 3, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

If you're interested in developing a farm business plan as a participant in the Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm or if you're interested in developing your own independent farm business plan, consider attending this free three-hour workshop with Paul Dietmann.

This free concert is a gift to the public in honor of the birthday of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP. This is a friendly concert featuring 14 performers in a program of American original music: ragtime, classics, a musical salute to our veterans, and more!

Fall Book Discussion: Neither Wolf nor Dog

November 6, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Against an unflinching backdrop of contemporary reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas, Kent Nerburn's powerful Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder tells the story of two men, one white and one Indian, struggling to find a common voice. Nerburn insightfully takes us past the myths and stereotypes of the Native American experience, revealing an America few ever see.

Life-Tapestry

November 9, 2018 7:30 pm - November 10, 2018 4:30 pm

Weaving the "Holy" ... into the threads of everyday life!
"God is present in the details of the everyday but is also visible when we pull back and take a wider gaze upon our lives and pay attention to the patterns and ways things have been woven together." Christine Valters Painter, PhD, Eyes of the Heart

Julien Chamber Choir presents their fall concert, “The Sound of Light”. The 20-voice ensemble under the direction of Kristen Eby will perform selections by Tallis, Lauridsen, Hogan and others

Art Gallery Exhibit: Nativities of the World

November 30, 2018 10:00 am - January 1, 2019 5:00 pm

This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries

December 2018

Grief Retreat: Journey Toward Wholeness

December 1, 2018 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

The farmer-poet Wendell Berry (1934-) is arguably today's most important, significant, and interesting writer and critic on matters of land, health, community, and spirituality. This day-long retreat will be a celebration of Berry's life and words, contemplatively delving into his importance for our precarious age. This event is part of our ongoing series, "Exploring a Contemplative Ecology."

10th Annual Holiday Open House

December 8, 2018 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Books and Gifts available at the Book and Gift Gallery

Sinsinawa Book & Gift Gallery invites you to come to its 10th Annual Holiday Open House Saturday, December 8. There will be holiday treats, door prizes and special sales. Sinsinawa Bakery items will be available, and "Nativities of the World" will be on display in the Sinsinawa Art Gallery.

Isthmus Brass of Madison, WI, will perform a concert as part of their Christmas 10th Anniversary Tour. Under the direction of brass-icon John Stevens and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble.

Winter Solstice

December 21, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us to honor the longest night and shortest day of the year. In this two-hour session, we will celebrate the Solstice through ritual and contemplation. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several types of spiritual exercises. This session will take place mostly indoors and is part of our ongoing series, "Exploring a Contemplative Ecology."

January 2019

Sisters, Associates, Academy Apartment residents, and Sinsinawa Mound and St. Dominic Villa coworkers will display their talents. Student artwork from Sinsinawa Mound classes and from Dominican University, River Forest, IL., will be included

Epiphany Prayer Service

January 6 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

As the Christmas season comes to a close, celebrate the Feast of Epiphany with the sisters. This evening prayer will include a musical reflection and a procession to the Christmas crèche.

The Thin Places, by Kevin Koch connects places in Ireland with places in the American Midwest's Driftless Area along themes of Celtic spirituality. It is a work of creative nonfiction, offering narratives of solo and guides hikes through the mountains and bogs of Ireland and among the river bluffs and steep hills of the Driftless Area alongside conversations with spiritual leaders, conservationists, and geologists

In the second of Kent Nerburn's Neither Wolf Nor Dog trilogy, he offers a touching, funny, and haunting journey that goes deep into reservation boarding-school mysteries, the dark confines of sweat lodges, and the isolated Native homesteads far back in the Dakota hills.

Sarah Barnes, artist and owner of Create It Art Studio in Dubuque, will guide you step-by-step in how to paint on wood boards. All supplies will be provided. Bring your friends for an enjoyable, creative evening out.

Sisters Priscilla and Eva Solomon will present a reflective weekend workshop for those seeking to understand the impact of colonization for native and non-native peoples on this continent and to explore spiritual paths for a future of healing and reconciliation.

February 2019

Art Gallery Exhibit: Best in Glass

February 1 10:00 am - March 31 5:00 pm

New work by glass artist Barb McKinlay and 16 of her students. Barb regularly teaches art glasses at Sinsinawa Mound Center and will be showcasing some of her students' beautifully designed bowls. Barb's work includes wall hangings from her FACES collection, as well as, several collection of her tabletop pieces.

Sinsinawa Personal Retreats

"The thing that screws us up the most is the picture in our minds of how it is supposed to be."

You see, it comes down to this: Everything changes, it is all unfolding as it should, so, relax, pay attention and be creative.

Communication Tips & Strategies

February 7 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn ways to effectively and compassionately communicate with someone who has dementia. This program is being sponsored in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Glass Garden Stakes Class

February 9 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Barb McKinlay will help participants design creative, unique glass masterpieces that can be used as a decorative accessory for your home. No experience is necessary for these workshops and all materials will be provided. Bring a friend and make this a fun morning out. These classes fill up fast so please register early.

Glass Bowl Class

February 9 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come use your creativity and have fun! No experience necessary and all materials will be provided. Bring a friend and make this a fun afternoon out. These classes fill up fast so please register early.

SW WI Women’s CEW

February 15 7:00 pm - February 17 5:00 pm

A Christian Experience Weekend (CEW) is a weekend away from our normally hectic life. It gives us a chance to slow down, reflect on life, expand our spirituality, meet new friends and have fun. It is a great way to treat yourself. CEW is Catholic based, however, it is open to all faith traditions.

SW WI Men’s CEW

February 22 7:00 pm - February 24 5:00 pm

A Christian Experience Weekend (CEW) is a weekend away from our normally hectic life. It gives us a chance to slow down, reflect on life, expand our spirituality, meet new friends and have fun. It is a great way to treat yourself. CEW is Catholic based, however, it is open to all faith traditions.

The Joy of Music

February 26 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

"The Joy of Music" is an organ recital and choral concert.

A variety of musical styles and repertoire will be performed by organist Dr. Charles Barland, Professor of Music at the University of Dubuque and the UD Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Professor Kristen Eby

March 2019

Film Screening: City of Trees

March 12 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This 75-minute documentary engagingly explores the intersections of race, class, work, non-profits, community politics, and the environment by looking at a Washington, DC "green jobs" program meant to employ the city's long-term unemployed. The film will be followed by discussion led by Jacqueline Hunter, the director of the Multicultural Family Center in downtown Dubuque.

Women of the Passion

March 13 9:00 am - March 14 3:00 pm

Mary Ellen is happy to join those on retreat in reflecting on the lives of "Women of the Passion," whose names have often been excluded or whose lives have often been hidden, yet whose spirits speak to us today of our own spiritual journey. Through first-person sharing, you will meet, CLAUDIA, wife of Pontius Pilate, MARY, wife of Cleopas, JOANNA, wife of Chuza, Herod's servant, SALOME, wife of Zebedee and mother of James & John, UNNAMED MAIDSERVANT of High Priest, Caiaphas, UNNAMED DAUGHTERS of Jerusalem, UNNAMED WOMAN WHO ANOINTED Jesus' head, and VERONICA, who wiped the face of Jesus. Each of these women mentor our own evolving consciousness of Jesus' Resurrection and His continuing spirit living within and among us.

Lenten Taize Prayer

March 18 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We prayerfully gather at the foot of the Cross with the suffering of our world. Through the simple, meditative prayer chants of Taize music, you will be drawn into a deeper prayer experience during this most sacred of seasons.

Spring Equinox

March 23 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us in honoring the turning of the seasons through song and ritual, celebration and contemplation. All are welcome at this ecumenical outdoor gathering. We'll meet inside the main entrance at Sinsinawa Mound at 8 a.m. and proceed outdoors together.

This exploratory workshop is designed for those who are thinking about starting a farm business. The day includes hands-on activities, practical tips, resource assessments, and a panel discussion with successful farmers about how they started their businesses.

Lenten Taize Prayer

March 25 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We prayerfully gather at the foot of the Cross with the suffering of our world. Through the simple, meditative prayer chants of Taize music, you will be drawn into a deeper prayer experience during this most sacred of seasons.

Dan Schutte Concert

March 29 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Love and Grace Concert: An Evening of Music and Reflection
With a music legacy of 50 years, the music of Dan Schutte has played an integral role in shaping the liturgical life of the English-speaking Church. His songs have lifted the hearts of generations of faith into deeper prayer and worship of God. Dan's new collection, Love and Grace, featuring his beautiful melodies and compelling lyrics, continues that legacy.

April 2019

Music Ministry

Looking to improve your ringing skills in a fun event with other ringers who share your enthusiasm for handbells? Ringin' Spring Handbell Workshop features mass ringing, break-out sessions, lunch, a closing mini-concert, and great handbell friends!

In a time of great social and ecological upheaval, it is vital that we forge alternative ways of being in the world. During our retreat, we’ll contemplatively grapple with and explore possible lifestyles that go beyond the consumer paradigm and instead generate connection and kinship.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery presents “Falling Away/Moving Ahead." Helen Reznicek is a printmaker whose work is always quite personal and expressive, and the motion of creating the images is often evident in the finished pieces.

The handbell ringers who participated in the Ringin' Spring Handbell Workshop will present a mini-concert of the pieces they rehearsed.

In the third of Kent Nerburn's Neither Wolf Nor Dog trilogy, he once again offers a glimpse into the hidden world of Native America, where dreams have meaning, animals are teachers, and the "old ones" still have powers beyond our understanding.

Understand reasons why behavior changes occur and get problem-solving tips to help prevent and cope with them. This program is part of our Brain Health Programs sponsored in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

May 2019

Meeting Alzheimer’s

May 1 9:00 am - May 2 3:30 pm

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.

Crossing Bridges

May 2 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Crossing Bridges is an educational discussion group for people who have mild memory loss or are in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and their primary care partners. The philosophy of the group is to promote a fulfilled life while living with cognitive change.

Sacred Space, Sacred Pathway

May 3 7:30 pm - May 4 4:30 pm

A Labyrinth Retreat

Every day life often finds us in a dizzy spin as we maneuver non-stop through 24-hour days! This experience will offer the luxury of time and space to stop long enough and slow down to relax and regain inner balance. The labyrinth process reminds us that each person walks individually on a sacred journey, yet we share the path to God with others! Away from the responsibilities, noise and the distractions of everyday life, you will be invited to consider what is going on inside of your soul, as well as consider the path ahead

June 2019

The 13th annual Heritage Art Show will feature works in diverse media by Dominican Sister artists and others in the Motherhouse Collection. An oil-on-paper painting by artist Michel Godjevac (1896-1982), a gift to the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, will be displayed.

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Summer Solstice

June 21 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us in honoring the turning of the seasons through song and ritual, celebration and contemplation. All are welcome at this ecumenical outdoor gathering. Participants will gather inside the inside main entrance and proceed outdoors together.

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Forest Therapy Walk

June 29 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing. Forest 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.

July 2019

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Handbell Concert

July 18 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come hear the culmination of a week of rehearsals among the amazing acoustics of Queen of the Rosary Chapel! A freewill offering will be accepted.

John Two-Hawks Concert

July 19 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience the enchanting music and profound wisdom of John Two-Hawks. With an evocative tapestry of mystical sound and moving oratory, Two-Hawks welcomes all to reawaken the awareness of our living connection to the Earth and to the unseen world.
Walk-ins welcome - $35.

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

Take a journey with Grammy® and Emmy® nominated Native Flute recording artist John Two-Hawks into the mysteries of the hokagapi; that ancient indigenous woodwind that makes a voice to the song of your heart, was used to serenade a beloved, and became an instrument of healing for a line of medicine people. A fun experience of interesting exploration of the amazing, enchanting Native American Flute, with stories, lessons and song! Flutes will be available to borrow or purchase during the workshop.

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

August 2019

Art Gallery Exhibit: The Lands We Share

August 2 10:00 am - September 30 5:00 pm

The Lands We Share exhibit is a project that focuses on the intersection of farming, land, ethnic culture and history in Wisconsin. The exhibit will feature the stories, histories, artifacts, images and sounds of six culturally and regionally distinct farms and farm sites and invites visitors to share their own stories, insights and questions.

Organ Concert: Karen Black

August 7 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Kissed by God: Holy Women Create!

August 9 7:30 pm - August 11 1:00 pm

Join the Holy Women, kissed by God whose creativity flowed into our world in art, music and writing: Miriam the dancer, Hildegard the artist/musician/writer, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux, the writers. This interactive weekend retreat invites your creative expression as you explore art by and about Holy Women from ancient times (such as Mary Magdalene and the Woman at the Well) to today (including Tekakwitha and Hildegard).

Organ Concert: Jeff Verkuilen

August 14 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Praying & Painting Your Icon

August 15 9:00 am - August 18 5:00 pm

The 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 your own icon.

Organ Concert: David Jonies

August 21 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Is It Time for Facility Care?

August 22 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Review life situations to consider when making the decision to move to facility care. This program is offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

This year marks the 28th annual Organ Concert Series. Concerts feature organists from  Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerts are held every Wednesday in June, July and August (except July 17 and 24) at 7 p.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public.

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.

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

The Sinsinawa Steppers will be walking in the fourth annual Mound Memory Walk from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Sinsinawa Mound. The walk supports people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, those caring for them, and area support programs. This year we walk to honor Sister Kathleen (Janetta) Loughrin, OP (1943-2019), and Joel Gorun (1941-2019).

October 2019

Sacred Lands Tour

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

RETREAT IS FILLED
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. Ronald 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: Witch’s 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!

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.

From Education to Action! Join us for a day filled with celebration of all we have done; learning from others in our own region and across the state; and planning our next steps as a partnership.

End of Life and Dementia

October 24 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn how to communicate with a person in the late stage of dementia and understand their emotions. This program is offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

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

CLASS IS FULL.
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

Green Burials

November 2 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Shedd Farley of Natural Path Sanctuary and the Farley Center (Verona, WI) will introduce participants to various methods of final disposition from ancient times through the 20th century and what may lie ahead in the 21st century. By looking at cultural, technical, and societal development, participants can better discern whether green burial or a different method is right for them.

Join Sinsinawa Mound, Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light, Wisconsin Green Muslims, RENEW Wisconsin, Dubuque’s Interfaith Green Coalition, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, and Faith in Place (Illinois IPL) for a workshop about renewable energy in faith communities.

Songs of Celebration

November 10 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Julien Chamber Choir, under the direction of Kristen Eby, presents a special anniversary concert, "Songs of Celebration: 20 Years of JCC!" in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound. The concert will include works in a variety of styles by Britten, Copland, Rutter, Stroope and more.

Sinsinawa Mound was at one point the seat of power for the vast Wisconsin Territory, which spanned from the Canadian border and Lake Michigan west to the Pacific Ocean. The Wisconsin Territory was the largest geographic territory or state in the Union of the States, and its author and public servant, General George Wallace Jones, was a national figure who originally came to the Tri-State area in 1828 and staked claim to Sinsinawa Mound and the surrounding 1,000 acres.

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