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March 2018 : Event Details
Fri, Mar 16 - 6:30pm
Sun, Mar 18 - 1:00pm
Mary Plaster
Art as Meditation for Earth and Self-Healing Retreat
Create sculptures to heal hearts and the natural world!
Mary Plaster

Art as sacred activism is generating fields of transformative energy all around the globe. Enter into the heart of creation with authentic wonder and love! In this weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) with renowned mixed-media artist Mary Plaster, create collage sculptures made of found objects as a meditation for healing our hearts and our environment. Bring a collection of interesting small items with you to use and/or share—whether “natural,” like stone, wood, shells and seeds, or “upcycled,” such as small plastic, ceramic or glass beads, shapes or figures, and even paper or fabric odds ‘n’ ends. Please also bring poetry, prose and music that inspire you to sink into prayerful presence in a chaotic world. Weaving together collections of meaning-filled objects can help us visualize and reconnect to what energizes us. Then we are prepared to reenter our sacred activism. As Mary says, “Everyone is an artist, prophet and mystic.” Activate your artist’s soul!

Mary Plaster, M.A., D. Min., is a Minnesota-based, world-traveled, mixed-media artist and creative facilitator. She is founder/artistic director of Duluth All Souls Night and has collaborated nationally over a decade in The Cosmic Mass of Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox with her giant depictions of Ancestors, Elements and Animals. Check out Mary’s amazing artistic creations at www.MaryPlaster.Life.

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: 18PGR12677
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