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December 2018 : Event Details
Fri, Dec 7 - 6:30pm
Sun, Dec 9 - 1:00pm
Betty Daugherty, FSPA; Ann Jackson, PBVM
In Stillness, We Wait: Three-Day Silent Directed Retreat
Invite Advent into your heart through a weekend of silence and contemplation
Betty Daugherty, FSPA; Ann Jackson, PBVM; Laura Weber; & Lucille Winnike, FSPA

Advent is a time for that sweet hush that blankets Earth with clear, starry nights and cleansing, peaceful snowfall. It calls for waiting with joyful hope, savoring the gentleness of quiet and solitude to refresh the soul, to calm the mind and to comfort our weary spirits in times of sadness and affliction. New life is emerging from the depths! Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for a weekend of silence and serenity to seek out the light that is dawning. Spend the silence in any way you wish! Read or write to your heart’s content. Prairiewoods will welcome you into the weekend’s cocooning space, where you will meet your own heart’s rhythms once again and rediscover the deep joy of simply being. Once daily you will have the opportunity to meet for conversation with a spiritual companion to share the joys and sorrows of your inner journey. Lavish time and space for reflection during the day will meet nights of restful slumber where your dreams will come alive with imagination and creative flow. At dawn, enjoy the view of the woods from the Meditation Room or nestle yourself out by Dry Creek and watch the foxes play. Take time for a labyrinth walk, and find your soul’s center-point for balance and energy. Curl up by the fire in the Lounge and nourish yourself with great poetry, or capture the winter scenery with chalk, pencil or paint in the Art Room. Let yourself be led into soulful days and hushabye nights, and feel yourself transformed by the peace beyond all knowing!

Betty Daugherty, FSPA; Ann Jackson, PBVM; Laura Weber; and Lucille Winnike, FSPA; are all on staff at Prairiewoods and delight in accompanying others on a spiritual journey. They are deeply committed to Prairiewoods’ mission to host hope for inter-connection in an evolving universe.

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
$230.00 Single w/ Shared Bath
Program Code: 18PGR10594
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