Whether wandering through lush forests, burned out woods, or groves of ancients gnarled by wind and snow, human beings cannot escape the allure and mystery of trees. Trees stand deeply rooted in rich soils, or they cling bravely to rocky ledges and branch upward and outward as best they can, modeling the courage and stability any soul would admire. The more we learn about the nature of trees, the more we see the wisdom of God they communicate through their growth and decay, strength and vulnerability, solitude and reliance on others.
Join Samuel Rahberg, a tree farmer and spiritual director, for this weekend retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) to explore hands-on what insights for the spiritual life you might harvest from the woods. Bring hiking boots and rain gear because such prayer and reflection cannot be kept indoors!
Sam is the director of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery, author of Enduring Ministry and owner of River Place Tree Farm in Southeast Minnesota.
The cost 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.