Living in harmony with nature is like breathing: we can always do it better. In this multilayered retreat, we’ll explore our relationship with the natural world. Why are we here? What is our role? Can sustainability be broadened to a vision of abundance for ourselves and others? Facilitators Debra Landwehr Engle, Jen Kardos, Fred Meyer and August Stolba will guide us through this weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha). Activities will include harvesting “weeds” to make healing and tasty green drinks, communing with the Garden of Eat’n and Prairiewoods grounds to find our personal plant allies, completing a personal niche analysis to identify our way of interacting with the world, and writing and reflecting on the connection between the garden and our internal nature. How can we nourish our inner selves so we can be better stewards of the natural world? From our everyday actions to our wildest of ambitions, we’ll explore ways to bring forth a spiritual and cultural transformation in our own backyards, where we can cultivate paradise by taking simple but significant steps. The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.