Winter's Wisdom, Rest, & Renewal

A Winter Solstice & Advent Retreat at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center Dec. 16 - 18th

  • Starts Dec 16
  • Prairiewoods booking
  • Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center

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Service Description

Like quiet earth in winter, we—amid the stress and conflicts of these times—need revitalizing ways to pause for rest and compassionately ‘letting be’ amid the darkness so we can open to mysterious healing forces working with and in us to birth life anew. Join us for a weekend of Light; for cultivating Night Vision and awareness of Light in everything—including darkness, wintery seasons of our lives, and in own beings. Includes ways of transforming our relationship with uncertainty or fear, and for experiencing mystical union with The Sacred amid The Dark Night, all of Creation, and in our bodies, minds and souls. Specifics: Inter-spiritual, mystical wisdom and practices to help cultivate ease, peace, and awareness of Oneness. Taps Winter's wisdom from our brothers and sisters found in the rest of nature—quiet earth, still waters, spirit of Bear, night sky, moon, and stars. Also soothing night prayers, Night walk in the woods and fire, as well as insights from Advent and Celtic Christian spiritual ways of being, Buddhism, Taoism, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Includes energy and compassion based seated, reclined, and Yin (tranquil, slow, and gentle) meditative mind-body-spirit practices such as yogic sleep (Yoga Nidra), vibrational singing bowl sound healing, and TCM informed Qigong and Yin (tranquil) Yoga for rebalancing mind, body, and spirit. INSTRUCTOR: Rev. Dr. Catherine Quehl-Engel is a spiritual director (spiritual companion), artist, Episcopal priest, and Franciscan affiliate with teaching and practitioner certifications in energy- based forms of yoga nidra, sound healing, Yin and other yoga, reiki, healing touch, mindfulness and meditation. She is Chaplain Emerita of Cornell College, a lifelong student and teacher of inter-faith understanding, runs a teaching and healing ministry called Calm with Catherine, and holds a doctorate in spirituality fusing spiritual insights on Divine Indwelling from Saints Francis, Clare, and Teresa of Avila with scientific research on the use of heart focused Interior Prayer/Meditation for personal and communal healing. REGISTER directly through Prairiewoods: https://prairiewoods.org/ Registration opens soon on their website.


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Contact Details

  • Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Boyson Road, Hiawatha, IA, USA

    319-981-0312

    cqe@calmwithcatherine.com