Gardener's Paradise RetreatJulian of Norwich said, “Be a gardener! Dig a ditch! Toil and sweat, and turn the earth upside down, and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor and make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink and carry it to God as your true worship.”

Are you ready to be a gardener? To toil and sweat and seek deepness? Select a week this summer or fall and come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) to nurture your greening spirit!

This retreat is for those who find God’s grandeur in the beauty of living close to the earth. Spend a blissful week working in one of Prairiewoods’ gorgeous gardens, lush with flowers, produce or herbs. Your week in paradise includes sacred space where you can reflect by the pond, unwind on a hammock or sky chair, soak up the sun, weed, water, prune, fertilize or harvest to your heart’s delight. No formal training is required. Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb, an avid gardener or just someone who loves to play in the dirt and help things grow, this retreat will refresh your soul! Gardener’s Spiritual Reflections will guide you through the week to make your gardener’s heart dance!

The cost is $250 and includes Gardener’s Spiritual Reflections, five nights lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $115 and includes Gardener’s Spiritual Reflections and daily lunch. (Holistic services and spiritual direction are available for an added cost.) To check lodging availability and register, contact Prairiewoods at 319-395-6700. (Online registration is not available for this retreat.)