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January 2018 : Event Details
Fri, Jan 12 - 6:30pm
Sun, Jan 14 - 1:00pm
Contemplative Prayer Retreat: Hosting Silence, Hosting Hope
Allow the silence of a winter retreat to bring you deep peace
Carole Butz; Betty Daugherty, FSPA; Judith Edwards; & Rev. Zuiko Redding

An African proverb says, "The times are urgent; let's slow down." Deep within, silence draws us into a place of peace. Dropping down into the center of our consciousness allows us to breathe deeply and focus our attention on simply being with non-judgmental awareness. This shared practice creates a matrix of co-creative, transformational energy and hope all over the globe. Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for this weekend retreat led by Carole Butz; Betty Daugherty, FSPA; Judith Edwards; and Rev. Zuiko Redding. Explore the heart of contemplative prayer with four women whose practice and accompaniment of others gives joy to their journeys and hope to the world. Each presenter will offer an introduction to a particular practice of contemplation and then facilitate an opportunity for participants to experience the modality.

Betty Daugherty, FSPA—one of Prairiewoods’ foundresses—will offer an introduction to contemplative prayer as essential for the unfolding of the emergent universe. Judith Edwards—who has led Centering Prayer and other contemplative prayer retreats at Prairiewoods for over 19 years—will lead the group in Centering Prayer practice. Rev. Zuiko Redding— the resident teacher at Cedar Rapids Zen Center-Jikyouji—will offer an introduction to Zen Buddhist meditation (zazen). Carole Butz—a spiritual director and long-term participant in Prairiewoods’ Merton Group—will offer an introduction to the contemplative practice of Thomas Merton and an opportunity to consider what it means to be a contemplative-in-action.

The weekend will afford ample quiet and reflective space, an opportunity for deep restfulness and for finding a spiritual practice to ground the soul and to carry into the daily rhythm of life in the world!

The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch). 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

Regular Registration Fees
$180.00 Commuter (None Available)
$230.00 Single w/ Shared Bath (None Available)
Program Code: 18PGR10582
Good place for a control!