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December 2017 : Event Details
Fri, Dec 8 - 6:30pm
Sun, Dec 10 - 1:00pm
Ellen Bruckner
Ann Jackson, PBVM
Laura Weber
Is There LIFE In There? Retreat
Find hope and generativity through a new way of being
Ellen Bruckner; Ann Jackson, PBVM; & Laura Weber

In this age of deep ambivalence about humanity’s future, seekers find consolation in listening for signs of emergent life! This weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) will draw on the wisdom of contemplative practice and enter into the deep listening posture that winter engenders. As a spiritual explorer, you will meet hope and generativity in the unfolding of convergent consciousness. Learn how to be fully present to others and all of creation, to engage in active listening, to drop down deeply into the center of your own consciousness, and to awaken to what lies at the core: the very inter-connection you crave most ardently. When you embrace rather than dismiss paradox and hold in tension what seems mutually exclusive, something more creative, attractive and complex is born. You will be compelled to embody a new way of being. Come seeking life!

Ellen Bruckner is a facilitator skilled in the “Art of Hosting” and emergent dialogue. Ann Jackson, PBVM, and Laura Weber are spiritual directors on staff at Prairiewoods who delight in co-creating retreats focused on conscious emergence.

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
$230.00 Single w/ Shared Bath
Program Code: 17PGR08834
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