Dreams: Illuminations of Our Deepest Emerging Self

Friday, November 18, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and
Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The intention of this retreat is to support the dreamer’s capacity for entering into a deeper relationship with the images, colors, sounds and stories given to us in our dreams. The interplay of poetry, symbols, focusing, and touch drawing will help us enter this relationship.

The Way of Our People: Conversation with D. Richard Wright, Ojibwe Elder

Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join an evening of conversation with author Donald Richard Wright, who observed and studied the ancient ceremonies of the Aboriginal Ojibwe in Little Black River Reserve, Ontario, Canada. Its ceremony maker was a 94-year-old Ojibwe-Cree who lived in the mountains near Edmonton.

Wright wanted to experience and research the ceremonies in order to understand “the fundamental cultural strengths of the Indian who became copious drinkers of alcohol,” he says. “As an aspirant to the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minneapolis Deaconate Program, if I was to counsel the drinker, then my ministry became to know a little about these beliefs.”

Half Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday, November 5, 2016

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Have you wondered about meditation in the Christian tradition? Considered a meditation retreat but been concerned that it might be too intense? Have you simply sought a shorter retreat experience? If so, this half-day experience might be for you. The morning will provide an introduction to meditation according to the teaching of John Main, OSB, and a retreat experience of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements, and chanting. Limited to 25 participants.

Marking the Days: Creating Our Way Through Life’s Changes

Wednesdays, November 2 and 16, 2016, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, November 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Come reflect on a major change in your life in a three-part series using guided writing, guided calendar making, and guided book making. Noexperience necessary. Supplies and tools provided. Bring a chosen life event, a list of related dates and a willingness to let your own creativity lead you in cherishing, remembering and letting go. You’ll reflect in your own words on your turning point, create a prim stav (a centuries-old calendar system for marking significant days), and make a small hand-sized book to hold both the calendar and your event-inspired writing. The class can be used to reflect on life changes we have chosen as well as those that come to us unbidden.