Past Workshops (2017)

Seeking God in the Stillness: A Winter Silence Retreat

5:30 pm, Thursday, January 19 through 6:00 pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017
Winter’s stillness invites us to step away from the busyness of our everyday lives and enter into a time of quiet. This residential retreat in the Christian contemplative tradition is intended for those who wish to awaken more fully to the Divine presence. The days, which will be spent in silence, will be highly structured, with a pattern of 25-minute sitting meditations, teachings, and other contemplative practices. Please check back for the retreat schedule.

Because of the intensity of this retreat experience, it is expected that participants have learned about meditation, practice it regularly, are comfortable with silence, and stay overnight on site.Limited to 15 participants.

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Paradox and Songs: A Springtime Circle of Trust® Retreat

Early spring in the Midwest offers a time of in-between. In the natural world, we find ourselves watching and waiting for the green of new life to arrive, even as we stand amidst the muck and deadness of last year.

Join us in the paradox of spring. Through song, poetry and community, we will explore the seasons we are leaving and entering in our own lives.  The retreat will utilize the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal.

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Poetry as a Conversation with Something Better: A Reading by Naomi Shihab Nye and Ibtisam Barakat

“It’s so unimaginative not to do something better,” says Naomi Shihab Nye of the conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. Closing her week in residence with Wisdom Ways, Nye and Palestinian-American writer Ibtisam Barakat reflect together on the importance of poetry and literature in our world and its power to help us imagine—and grow into—a better world.

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From The Heart As It Is: A Spring Harvest of Poems and Songs

Creation takes place in the dark, but it seeks the light. The darkness is often bewildering, intimidating, but the artist persists.  The theologian James Carse in The Silence of God writes that when we pray, we pray “from the heart as it is” rather than wait until we somehow have our act together before daring to address the Divine Mystery. This evening of poems and songs, featuring Angela Shannon, Laura MacKenzie, Sharon Chmielarz, and Michael Dennis Browne, explores the journeys we must make on the way to transforming experience into words and notes that contribute to the vastness of our shared world.

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Playing in the Sacred Wilderness: Fiction, Imagination, and Faith

Imagination is necessary for creativity, compassion, human connection, and our relationship with Mystery.  In this three-part series, Susan Power will share excerpts from her novel, Sacred Wilderness, offer insights from a Native worldview in which faith, practice, and imagination work in unity, and lead us in using our own sacred imaginations through conversation and fiction-writing exercises.

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Readings and Reflections from my Time with Native People: An Evening with Kent Nerburn

Praised as one of the few non-Native authors who can respectfully bridge the gap between Native American and non-Native cultures, Kent Nerburn has lived and worked among the Native American people for three decades. In this special evening, he shares encounters, experiences and reflections gathered in his new book, Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way.

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