The Book of Nature: God’s First Holy Text Retreat at Prairiewoods

The Book of Nature: God’s First Holy Text Retreat at Prairiewoods
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Event Date Start: September 11, 2020 18:30
Event Date End: September 13, 2020 13:00
Phone: 3193956700
Environment: Forest
Spiritual Orientation: Catholic
Theme: Nature
120 E Boyson Rd, Iowa (IA), USA (US) 52233

The world is bursting with wonder and wisdom. It’s an ancient but not oft explored sacred instruction, the knowledge that God gave us two books—the Book of Nature as well as Holy Scripture. The Book of Nature, a text without words, is God’s first text, one that unfolded with Creation, and ever unfolds—season upon season. It’s a book that begs our attention, especially as an antidote to the modern-day melee. Join facilitator Barbara Mahany at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for this weekend retreat. We will begin with the spiritual practice of paying attention, and as we heighten our attention we discover we’re living amid a kaleidoscope of wonders and astonishments. We’ll contemplate those wonders, plumb their depths and extract the holy wisdoms. The history and legacy of great thinkers and mystics who’ve turned our attention to the Book of Nature is a rich one and bolsters our sense that this is a place to look for spiritual sustenance. The undulations of Prairiewoods’ acreage, its woods and its prairies, echo those truths magnificently. 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 or 319-395-6700.

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