The Great Conversation Retreat: Nature & the Care of the Soul

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Mar. 16-18, 2018 - Thomas Berry lamented that we as humans have dropped out of the Great Conversation with the natural world—a dialogue that, for centuries, was vitally alive in the history of the saints. This weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) is with special guest facilitator Belden C. Lane, famed author and storyteller! He’ll guide you to look at archetypal teachers in nature and the saints (or sages) who have sought them out as spiritual guides: Hildegard of Bingen and trees, Catherine of Siena and fire, Teresa of Avila and water, Ignatius Loyola and caves. Belden will relate each of these to developmental life stages on the spiritual journey, drawing on what he’s learned from his own spiritual mentor, a cottonwood tree near his home. The retreat aims at picking up the human end of the dialogue through storytelling, visual images, ritual, contemplative prayer and time spent in nature. Belden C. Lane, noted author, storyteller and wilderness backpacker, is Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His books include Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice and The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality. This retreat is expected to sell out, so don’t miss this chance to learn from an incredible teacher! The cost is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at or 319-395-6700.


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Starts On Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Ends On Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 01:30 PM

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