2018 Retreat

Eclipse Enso August 2017 Peter Fraterdeus
Save the Dates 5-8 October 2018!

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Early-bird registration before March 31 is $475, a $50 savings! Three nights accommodation in private rooms (shared baths) and all meals are included. 

Mindful Play and Tools for Resilience

(We're still reflecting and refining the program for the retreat! Please let us know your thoughts!) 

The focus is on Embracing the Fruitful Silence, engaging mindful and playful awareness of the inner process through which we can manifest action in the outer world.

How does our state of being affect the mark we make in the world?

Enter into the Fruitful Silence with contemplative calligraphy and mark-making, and Deepen the Well of Creativity through playful and profound explorations with Shodo Brush, pen, chalk, graphite, crayon, water, ink and paper.
Develop and explore the inner Landscape with contemplative practice, Dharma Arts, community meals and music, walking the Sinsinawa Mound Labyrinth, and growing and renewing friendships.

"When you pick up the brush, be sure to smile! — If you want to stop smiling, first put down your brush!" — Kaz Tanahashi

Friday Evening

On Friday evening during our opening circle, we'll consider the inner vision which will guide the weekend's explorations. Some introductory mark making fun will ensue! 


Feel free to join our sitting meditation, or some guided yoga before breakfast, or walk the Labyrinth on Sinsinawa's beautiful grounds.


Our practice of the Mindful Mark begins with selecting a word or symbol or idea which represents our vision. Using various references to find a visual model for this vision, 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 (the Way of the Brush), calligraphy, breath and balance exercises, sacred geometry, dharma arts, and other practices, as well as time for walking, community and relaxation.


Yi xin - One Heart/Singled Minded (P Fraterdeus 2018)


Sunday morning we have a silent meditation and reading before breakfast

Sunday's practice will then develop the pathway of transmutation through our mindful mark-making and other explorations. Mid-day we break for two hours for lunch, and personal time to contemplate or take a nap before the afternoon sessions. Late afternoon we'll have another break for Mindful Movement or yoga outdoors, if the weather is good. Of course, you may continue to work in the studio at any time, as you prefer.

We continue our practice through the day, as before.

We finish by creating a collaborative hand-bound book!

Sunday's dinner and circle will feature a special performance or film (TBA)

Monday Morning

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

The Venue

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!


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