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January 2017 : Event Details
Fri, Jan 13 - 5:00pm
Sun, Jan 15 - 1:00pm
Sisters Joann, Laurette, Delmarie & Cecy
Sister Betty
Deepening Contemplative Practices Retreat
Welcome the new year with peace and prayer, solitude and silence
FSPA Sisters Cecy Corcoran, Betty Daugherty, Joann Gehling, Delmarie Gibney & Laurette Sprosty

Come to this weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) ready to step into the silence and solitude to encounter the Divine. This retreat is for anyone who wants more from the practice of prayer and contemplation, to slow down, to pause at the start of the New Year, to remember who you are and to connect to your deepest yearnings. Move gently through experiences of centering prayer, Lectio Divina, body prayer, contemplative walking and other practices to help you live more consciously with an appreciation of God’s presence within and around you. From a “plunging into mystery” on Friday evening until a “gathering of energies” on Sunday, this retreat offers a balance of input, private reflection and group experiences. If you sense the allurement of the Divine, a longing for what seems beyond your reach, and the time to respond to those nudges of the Spirit, then this may be the weekend for you.

Facilitators Joann Gehling, FSPA; Laurette Sprosty, FSPA; Delmarie Gibney, FSPA; Cecy Corcoran, FSPA; and Betty Daugherty, FSPA, are all Franciscan sisters with many years’ experience leading retreats.

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals (including a light dinner on Friday). The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions and daily lunch and dinner. (However, lodging at Prairiewoods is recommended in order to remain in the silence of woods and prairie.) A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration. (Full payment is required to register online. If you prefer to pay the $25 registration fee now and the balance when you arrive, please call 319-395-6700.) If you want to stay in a Hermitage, you also will need to register by phone. If you have dietary restrictions that affect your health, please call or send an email to

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Regular Registration Fees
$180.00 Commuter (None Available)
$230.00 Single w/ Shared Bath (None Available)
Program Code: 17PGR08813
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