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October 2017 : Event Details
Fri, Oct 6 - 6:30pm
Sun, Oct 8 - 1:00pm
Karen Hering
Writing to Wake the Soul
Living & Writing in Threshold Times Retreat: Writing Our Way into a New Story
Write your way into the next chapter of your life to help manage change
Karen Hering

A threshold, whether physical or emotional, is a place of great vitality, exchange and possibility, where new greets old, where outside meets inside, where stranger crosses over to become friend. This weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) is for people living through threshold times—times in your personal life (or in the life of the globe you share) that bring significant change, chosen or unbidden. Whether you’re facing a change in relationship, work, home, role, identity or ability, this weekend for writers and non-writers alike offers guided writing, conversation and contemplative reflection to support you in writing your way into a new story.

Facilitator Karen Hering is a literary minister who employs writing as a spiritual practice. Author, consultant and facilitator, Karen leads retreats engaging writing as a tool for healing and social change. Her book Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within was honored for contributing to “spiritual growth, conscious living … responsible leadership and positive social change.”

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. 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: 17PGR08829
Good place for a control!