The old mythologies and philosophies of the West are rich and complex and beautiful. They offer up a world in which everything is not only alive, but has purpose and intentionality of its own. A world to which each incarnated soul chooses to come, for a reason, and to offer up a unique gift which can only be expressed through relationship with and participation in this beautiful animate Earth. This two-day event hosted by Prairiewoods takes place at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church (211 21st Ave SW, Cedar Rapids). We’ll explore what it might be to court the anima mundi: the “world soul” of ancient tradition, and to uncover our own part in its unfolding. Join award-winning author Sharon Blackie and musician-of-the-earth Sara Thomsen for Prairiewoods’ hugely popular annual Spirituality in the 21st Century (SP21C) event, which in the past has featured such renowned speakers as Marcus Borg, Joyce Rupp, Michael Morwood, Walter Brueggemann and Peter Block. Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer, teacher and speaker and is recognized internationally for her work on cultivating the mythic imagination. As well as writing four books of fiction and nonfiction, Sharon has had her work published in magazines and newspapers around the world, and she has been interviewed by major broadcasters and radio stations. She is a mythologist with a specialization in Celtic Studies and a psychologist who has specialized both in neuroscience and narrative. Sara Thomsen is an artist of the melody whose music touches the soul and invites us to respond for the good of the global community. Sara’s gentle, soulful and uplifting acoustical renderings celebrate the beauty of the cosmos and call us into fuller communion with the global family. The cost of the two-day event is $75 and includes Saturday lunch. After April 1, the cost is $80. Join this amazing duo of Blackie and Thomsen as we court the world soul and enter into relationship with our beautiful world! For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.