Prairiewoods offers a number of Continuing Programs for ongoing spiritual, ecological or holistic growth. The following Continuing Programs take place several times a month, and you are welcome to just drop in. For more information on these Continuing Programs, contact Prairiewoods at 319-395-6700. For descriptions of all other Programs and Retreats, please see the Calendar & Registration page.
Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton
1st & 3rd Thursdays monthly, 6:30–8 p.m.
The practice of contemplative living helps you respond to everyday experiences with greater awareness of your connections with God and others. It becomes a positive force in your life and provides direction for your journey, enabling you to embrace your truest self. On these Thursday evenings facilitated by Betty Daugherty, FSPA, use the series Bridges to Contemplative Living, which includes excerpts from the writings of Thomas Merton and other authors, to explore the truths of human existence. The process involves readings, reflections and contemplative dialogue. The cost is $5 per session, and registration is not necessary.
Evening Centering Prayer
2nd & 4th Tuesdays monthly, 5:30–7 p.m.
Evening Centering Prayer is a prayer/support group for people who enjoy centering prayer, which is a form of meditation focused on silent prayer. In this time of silence, you can relax, empty your mind and find God’s presence within you. You may join at any time. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly in Room 113 of the Prairiewoods Guest House. It is facilitated by Judith Edwards. A free-will offering is accepted, and registration is not necessary.
Men Exploring Faith
2nd & 4th Thursdays monthly, 7–8:30 p.m.
Behavioral scientists and spiritual guides have noted a major transformation in the life direction of many men as they mature. It may happen gradually or abruptly, as early as your 20s or in your 50s or 60s. Some men never make this shift, described as a change from goal drivenness to receptivity, from ego to wisdom. The transition can start from the inside (Why am I doing what I’m doing?) or the outside (from a loss or threat), and it may seem disruptive while on the way to being life-enhancing. Join with a small group of reflective men at Prairiewoods in honest conversation about these changes. This group is facilitated by Bob Davis. A free-will offering is accepted, and registration is not necessary.
Prairiewoods Knitters & Stitchers
2nd Tuesday monthly, 9:30–11 a.m., & 4th Wednesday monthly, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Practice a hobby in the company of new friends! If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, you are invited to create beautiful works of art (in the form of hats, mittens, blankets and baby items) for charity. Prairiewoods has a group called Knitters & Stitchers that meets on the second Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of every month to create handmade crafts for charity. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome, and donations of materials are gratefully accepted! This group is free, and registration is not necessary.