Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145and Ave., Wheatland, Iowa, will host a series of events in March and April.
- To register by email contact [email protected] or call 563-374-1092.
- To register online and learn more about Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, visit here.
- For online retreats, participants will receive a zoom link via email.
- Scholarships are available, a press release.
Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Come Quiet – Pat Shea. Come to the Quiet is an opportunity to get away from the daily grind for a short time. It is a time to slow down and become attentive to the whisperings and exhortations of the Holy. Price: $35 including lunch.
Thu, March 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Heart of Forgiveness – Sr. Kathleen Sadler, OSF. How to forgive? True forgiveness is grace, a gift from God, and trust in God’s healing power. Jesus was able to forgive, can we? If we want peace, we must learn to forgive. Price: $35 including lunch.
Wednesday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No Fear, No Failure Yeast Bread – Deb Monroe. Bring a friend and let’s bake a fail-safe favorite yeast bread. There’s room for new bakers to learn, share and laugh about their baking adventures. Price: $35 including lunch.
Thusday. March 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meet the author: Re-creating life: going through grief with life – Elaine K. Olson. “My Walk with Grief” is a spiritual memoir about Olson’s 10-year search for identity and love. When her husband died, part of her died too. Olson’s memoir will inspire readers to seek new identities after significant loss or transition, encouraging them to mourn deeply, live fully, and rediscover the love and embrace of the Spirit. Price: $35 including lunch.
Saturday March 26, 9am-3pm The Sacred Medicine Wheel – Kathleen Collins. Come together to learn the ancient wisdom of the Four Directions, reflecting the four areas of our lives: emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. Learn to place yourself in the center of the wheel and gather strength and insight to make life full of vitality. Price: $35 including lunch.
Friday April 1, 7-10:30 p.m. Stargazing, the beauty of the spring sky – Steve Spangler. Enjoy the beauty of the night sky as it reveals itself on the first spring evenings. The stars will be the main attraction. The beginning of spring is a wonderful time to enjoy the “winter constellations”. The observing session will include naked-eye observation to “get a sense of the sky”, as well as observations through a telescope. Fee: $20.
Wednesday, April 6, 10 a.m. Mass in the Prairie. Father Francis Odoom. No registration required.
Thursday April 7, 1-2:15 p.m. Yoga. Join this gentle, slow class designed for all levels of yoga practice and emphasize proper alignment and movement with the breath. April’s theme will be gratitude Fee: $15
Thursday, April 7, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sustainable Stewardship: A series of interviews by Barb Arland-Fye. Arland-Fye interviews Deaconess Irene R. DeMaris, M.Div., Associate Director, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light (IPL). “I’ve always been passionate about empowering people of faith to turn their beliefs into action, and Iowa IPL does just that,” says Irene. Their conversation will focus on empowering believers to turn their beliefs into action for climate justice work. Fees: $25 including dinner
Saturday April 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Photography for beginners – Merlyn Law. Come learn how to be the next Ansel Adams! Bring your own camera, whatever it is. Merlyn uses a Nikon D7200. This retreat will take place each of the four seasons near sunset to capture the perfect photo! Fee: $20
Tuesday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prairie Woods Spring Wildflower and Bird Walk – Kurt Kreiter and Sr. Margaret Kruse. Come and enjoy a relaxing stroll through the woods and meadows as emerging spring wildflowers, some already in full bloom, are identified. Bring binoculars to observe the local bird species that inhabit these diverse habitats as well as the migratory species that can be seen at this time of year. Price: $25 including meal
Friday April 15, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross. Come and witness the last day of Jesus Christ. Using the book “The People of the Stations of the Cross” by Marci Alborghetti, local “actors” tell the story through their eyes as witnesses to the walk with Jesus in the last hours. Through their stories, the public will have the opportunity to enter into the passion of our Lord, to connect his life to his and to live his last hours for themselves. Offering of free will.
Tuesday, April 19, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Come Quiet – Pat Shea. Come to the Quiet is an opportunity to get away from the daily grind for a short time. It is a time to slow down and become attentive to the whisperings and exhortations of the Holy. Price: $35 including lunch.
Thursday, April 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Connection with the Angelic Realm – Marcia Flory. Angels are defined as messengers of God. Marcia teaches that members of the Angelic Kingdom are with us when we are born into this life and accompany us throughout eternity. She believes that through meditation and prayer, each individual who wishes can easily connect with their personal angelic guides and teachers. By connecting with the angels, you will experience their divine patience and wisdom as they help you accomplish your life purpose. Price: $25 including lunch.
Thursday, April 21, 6-8 p.m. Meet the author online: Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times – Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century – Matthew Fox. It took from the 12th century until recently to declare Hildegard a saint and doctor of the Roman Catholic Church. Demanding reform of the institutions and social structures of society, Hildegard implores us all to live in integrity with our adopted principles. We will explore and discuss some of its rich teachings. Fee: $20.
Saturday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every day is Earth Day! We don’t inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Celebrate the Earth and learn how to take better care of it, because there is no Planet B. Join us for one or all of the Earth Care Best Practices sessions led by local experts. Price: $35 including lunch.
- 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. How to attract pollinators using native plants. Presenter: Ryan Welch
- 10am-10:45am Natural Pest Control – Presenter: Glenn Drowns
- 11:00-11:45 Recycle, Reuse, Reuse – Presenter: Brad Seward
- 12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch at the Prairie–Perennial Swap
- 1-1:45 p.m. The value of native plants in a changing climate. Presenter: Ray Wolf
Sunday April 24, 2-4 p.m. Honoring the Earth and the web of all life – Kerry Batteau, Indigenous healer, will lead a pipe ceremony and soil blessing for Sacred Mother Earth. Offering of free will.
Wednesday 27 April, 10am-3pm Mindfulness Retreat – Myriam Prichard. Spend a day learning mindfulness skills that will make a difference in your daily life. Learn techniques from a variety of theories, including acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and polyvagal theory. Price: $35 including lunch.
Thursday April 28, 6-9 p.m. Painting and Wine – Julie Wall, Vault of the artist. Join up with your friends for a fun night learning how to mix primary colors and white acrylic paint to create a beautiful 12×12 inch floral painting. Fee: $55 includes supplies, food and beverages.
Saturday April 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Daughters of God: A mother-daughter tea – Rosina Hendrickson. Designed for first grade girls and their mothers, this retreat calls us to embrace our vocation as daughters of God. The women of the Old and New Testaments will serve as models of faith, patience, discernment, courage, joy, compassion, mercy and love as we come to recognize the traits God has given us. given as his daughters. After reflecting in song, scriptures and activities, the retreat will end with a tea party. Price: $25 including lunch.