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Guided Retreats


ICON WRITING: THE HOLY FACE

Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m.  Saturday, May 27, 2017, 10 a.m.
Retreat Leader: Master Iconographer Phil Zimmerman
Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782
Phone: (608) 791-5295
E-mail: FSCenter@fspa.org   Web: www.FSCenter.org
Fee: $625 includes retreat, all meals and six nights' stay
Commuter: $505 includes retreat, lunch and supper
Register by April 3, 2017.
Please include a $150 non-refundable deposit with your registration.
Limited to 25 participants

Noted American iconographer Phil Zimmerman returns to the FSC to teach the sacred art of iconography. Both a meaningful prayer practice and a technical art form, iconography has been a vital part of Eastern Christian worship since the beginning of Christianity. Icons are often referred to as “windows into heaven.” Phil will guide participants step-by-step through the process of “writing” or painting an icon in the Byzantine style, following ancient guidelines and techniques while using modern artist’s materials.

Each day of the retreat will include prayer, meditation and historical information specific to the icon. All materials and supplies are included. By the end of the week, students will have a beautifully completed icon varnished and ready to display. Phil has created hundreds of religious icons for churches and private collectors throughout the world. Based at his St. John of Damascus Icon Studio in Pennsylvania, he has taught more than 2,000 students.

COSMIC SYMPHONY OF LOVE UNFOLDING

Monday, June 26, 5:30 p.m. dinner  after lunch on Saturday, July 1, 1 p.m.
Facilitators: Maureen Wild, SC and Joyce Rouse
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 E Boyson Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233-1277
Phone: (319) 395-6700  Fax: (319) 395-6703
To register for a Prairiewoods retreat, visit www.prairiewoods.org or call (319) 395-6700
Fee: $450 for lodgers
Commuters: $350

This is a contemplative retreat related to our journey in the universe. It opens us to cosmic scriptures, akin to a symphony still being written. The emergence and story of love is an integral theme on the journey. We experience a 2000-year allurement to the Christ love-song, and in a particular way as it evolves in the hearts of Saints and mystics, ancestors and us. We walk this long legacy of love unfolding within and among us through the deep time story of our universe--a Genesis story of love: Cosmogenesis. Conferences, pray and music serve to celebrate this gift. Come deepen your knowledge and experience as we weave spirituality, creativity and science into our journey of experiencing this Great Symphony. Come rest in cosmic love.

ICON WRITING: JONAH AND THE WHALE

Sunday, July 9, 7 p.m.  Saturday July 15, 2017, 10 a.m.
Retreat Leader: Master Iconographer Phil Zimmerman
Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782
Phone: (608) 791-5295
E-mail: FSCenter@fspa.org   Web: www.FSCenter.org
Fee: $625 includes retreat, all meals and six nights' stay
Commuter: $505 includes retreat, lunch and supper
Register by April 3, 2017.
Please include a $150 non-refundable deposit with your registration.
Limited to 25 participants

Noted American iconographer Phil Zimmerman returns to the FSC to teach the sacred art of iconography. Both a meaningful prayer practice and a technical art form, iconography has been a vital part of Eastern Christian worship since the beginning of Christianity. Icons are often referred to as “windows into heaven.” Phil will guide participants step-by-step through the process of “writing” or painting an icon in the Byzantine style, following ancient guidelines and techniques while using modern artist’s materials.

Each day of the retreat will include prayer, meditation and historical information specific to the icon. All materials and supplies are included. By the end of the week, students will have a beautifully completed icon varnished and ready to display. Phil has created hundreds of religious icons for churches and private collectors throughout the world. Based at his St. John of Damascus Icon Studio in Pennsylvania, he has taught more than 2,000 students.

THE JOY OF YOGA

Monday, July 24, 4 p.m. dinner  Friday, July 28, 2017 lunch
Facilitator: Cindy Hathaway
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 E Boyson Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233-1277
Phone: (319) 395-6700  Fax: (319) 395-6703
To register for a Prairiewoods retreat, visit www.prairiewoods.org or call (319) 395-6700
Fee: $400 for lodgers
Commuters: $350 includes daily lunch and dinner

Immerse yourself in the joy of yoga, meditation, and fun in this week-long retreat, focusing on the deepened understanding of the healing abilities of yoga, breathing, and meditation. Restore and recreate yourself by exploring, through the study of Chakras and creative activity, blocks in energy and intuition. Beginning each day with yoga and meditation, we will incorporate a Chakra study and a related Yin Yoga for the day. in the early evening, we will enjoy playful activities. There will be plenty of time for enjoying the serenity of the woods and prairie at Prairiewoods and the delicious healthy meals. This promises to be a week to leave you refreshed, peaceful, and feeling like a new person.

WALKING WITH GOD IN AN EVOLUTIONARY UNIVERSE

Sunday, July 30, 5:30 p.m. – Friday, August 4, 2017 9 a.m.
Facilitator: Fr. John Surette, SJ
Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: (563) 582-3592 FAX: 563.582-5872
E-mail: info@shalomretreats.org   Web: www.shalomretreats.org
Offering: Overnight: $455 includes 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners
Commuter: $400 includes 4 lunches and 5 dinners
$25 early bird discount if registered by June 30, 2017
$75 nonrefundable deposit
Registration deadline: July 24, 2017

In this retreat we will pitch our tents at the interface of spirituality and the modern Story of the Universe. We will consider some new understandings about being fully-human in this 21st century, and some new images of God suggested by that Story. We will spend some time out on the grounds and become part of the return of contemplatives to the land. in the evenings, we will be invited to share some aspects of our retreat day with the group. Includes daily Eucharist.

 
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