2018 Retreat

Save the Date! We're cooking up a special treat for fans of the Mindful Mark!

Make a Mindful Mark!

Mindful Play & Replenishment

Coming October 5-8, 2018, join Peter Fraterdeus, Pamela Paulsrud (Treewhispers) and Kate Miller (Consciousness Consult) for three days of Making a Mindful Mark, a special long-weekend retreat in the beautiful Driftless region of Northwestern Illinois.

Deepening the well of creativity, developing creative resilience, we'll bring together gentle exercises of breath and balance with deep explorations of negative space, brush writing and calligraphic marks!

Expand your horizons with plenty of playful yet profound exploration with Shodo Brush, pen and graphite, combined with guided contemplative practice, community meals and music, and growing and renewing friendships.

Friday Evening

On Friday evening during our opening circle, we'll consider the inner vision which will guide our weekend's explorations. As we retire for the evening, we will consider that specific state-of-being in which we would like to grow stronger, that we'd like to walk in.


Saturday morning, choose to join our meditation or yoga before breakfast, or walk the Labyrinth on Sinsinawa's beautiful grounds.


Our practice of the Mindful Mark begins with identifying the state-of-being word, symbol or ideogram which represents our vision. Choosing one or more 'physical' forms, we will learn how to examine its facets, explore its negative and positive aspects, find its rhythms and make them our own.  

During the day, we'll have demonstration and experiment with expressive shodo, calligraphy, breath and balance exercises, sacred geometry, dharma arts, and other practices, as well as time for walking, community and relaxation.

After Saturday evening's circle, we'll again consider a state-of-mind, but this will be one we hope to grow beyond, which needs transformation...



Sunday's practice will then develop the pathway of transmutation through our mindful mark-making and other explorations.

We continue our practice through the day, as before. Sunday's dinner and circle will feature a special performance or film (TBA)

Monday Morning


Monday morning after breakfast we'll have our closing circle, a couple more hours to wrap up projects, and finish cleaning up before lunch.

Our venue is the historic Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center, run by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. With room and board included, we'll be able to work into the wee hours, or get up early for yoga, zen practice, sun salutations or a contemplative walk through the labyrinth on the beautiful grounds.

The Center is a project of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, located on Sinsinawa Mound in the rolling countryside midway between Galena, Illinois and Dubuque, Iowa. (https://www.sinsinawa.org/MoundCenter/ )

Please save the dates, October 5-8, 2018!

Details on costs and registration are forthcoming.

Please contact Peter at "info+2018@semiotx.com" to receive updates!

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