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Franciscan Spirituality Center
120 E. Boyson Road
Hiawatha, IA 52233-1277

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"If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature…even a caterpillar… I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature." Meister Eckhart

Prairiewoods is an ecospirituality retreat and conference center located on the outskirts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We invite you to our 70 acres of natural beauty for retreats, workshops, meetings, and spiritual and holistic services. We are dedicated to offering a sacred space, warm hospitality, spiritual and educational experiences, and a variety of resources for people of all faiths and cultures.


  • 20-room guesthouse plus 2 private hermitages
  • 3 meeting rooms
  • Free wireless access
  • Large gathering area
  • Chef-made meals, primarily from local, organic ingredients
  • Natural setting among 70 acres of woods and prairie
  • Holistic services, such as massage and reflexology
  • Walking trails and a labyrinth
  • Lending library with an extensive environmental collection
  • Themed or directed retreats tailored to your needs

As caretakers of this center, we are committed to offering facilities that use alternative energy sources, a sustainable treatment of the land, conservation of natural resources and other earth-friendly practices.

Come listen to your own spirit as you connect with the healing power of nature at Prairiewoods, a place of peace and transformation!

1001 Davis Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Phone: 563-582-3592
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Founded in the Franciscan Tradition Shalom Spirituality Center is...

A sacred space in a peaceful environment;
Offering hospitality and hope, inspiration and challenge, programs and privacy;
Calling people to God and to fullness of life.

Shalom is an experience of place. . .
offering an alternative to the stress of today’s living, and instead focuses retreatants on living lives of faith and deepening spirituality, which is life-giving and lasting.

Situated on a scenic 81-acre prairie, Shalom offers people of all faith traditions a sacred space where they can be supported in their search for God and fullness of life.

Retreat offerings range from scheduled weeklong or weekend retreats to days of reflection to private or directed retreats.

A wide variety of spiritual and educational programs are offered. Spiritual direction
can be arranged with a trained spiritual

Shalom is an ideal setting for retreats, conferences, and meetings for hosted groups (religious, business, civic, quilting, etc.). Featuring 55 bedrooms (some double-occupancy), Shalom can sleep up to 75 people. Nutritious, home-cooked meals are served with warm hospitality. A wide variety of AV equipment and free Wi-Fi high-speed internet access are also available. And the facility is handicap accessible.

Shalom’s main chapel is its most cherished space with stained glass windows that were made in Germany in 1900. This large, air-conditioned chapel/conference room can seat up to 200 people. Additional features include: quiet, safe walkways, meditation garden with fountain, small chapel, three large air-conditioned conference rooms, parlors, library, large dining room, and private retreatant dining room.

The Francis Hermitage Room is available on a first-come, first-reserved basis.* This quiet, corner room, located on the top floor of our center, features a queen-sized bed, AC, refrigerator, cable TV, two seating areas, desk and Wi-Fi access. It is located next to a bathroom and a kitchenette area with a microwave is available on this floor.

*Retreat director reservations supersede all others.

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat

Only 40 minutes from downtown Davenport

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In the stillness we hear your voice, O God.

Step into tranquility

Spend a day, a weekend, or even a week, reflecting, meditating and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation in a very special place in the country: Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, near Wheatland, Iowa.

Only 40 minutes from downtown Davenport yet far from the busy-ness of life, The Prairie offers individuals and groups of all faiths an environment of quiet beauty conducive to:

* personal prayer and reflection,
* inner growth and nurturing the soul,
* group team building, creative thinking and decision making.

Groups of up to 30 and individuals of all faiths are encouraged to use Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat for their own programs. Overnight accommodations are available for 11.
A Sacred Space

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is a ministry of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary and New Horizons of Faith and is located in rural east central Iowa on a 200-acre native grass prairie woodland along the Wapsipinicon River.

The Labyrinth is an ancient sacred symbol. While walking the labyrinth, one enters into a mystery of the Circle of Life. Surrounded by nature, this is a place to pray, to heal, and to deepen awareness of life as a sacred journey.

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The Prayer and Spirituality Center at St. Ambrose Davenport IA 563-333-6189 Ecumenical Ministry
Twin Lakes Christian Center Manson IA 712-297-7714 Evangelical Covenant Churches of Iowa
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