As author Parker Palmer writes, midsummer in the Midwest can be a time “of a green and amber muchness that feeds us on more levels than we know.” Paradoxically, it is also a time in which we must trust the natural process of ripening, which often happens in its own time. It is a season of both heightened attention and much needed rest. This three-day retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) will be facilitated by Wint Boyd, Paula Pedersen and Sara Thomsen. Through song, poetry, individual work and deep listening, we will explore the season of summer in our own lives. The retreat will utilize the Circle of Trust approach developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal. This approach is distinguished by principles and practices intended to create a process of shared exploration—in retreats, programs and other settings—where people can find safe space for greater awareness, to nurture personal and professional integrity and to summon the courage to act on hard-earned wisdom. In the hands of knowledgeable and skilled facilitators, this approach has the power to transform individuals, families, workplaces and communities. The cost of this three-day retreat is $375 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $250 and includes sessions, Wednesday and Thursday lunch and dinner, and Friday lunch. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.