Honoring Grief and Celebrating Life Retreat

Honoring Grief and Celebrating Life Retreat

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - Friday, September 3, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
120 E Boyson Rd
Hiawatha, IA

We have lost so much in this past year from the ravages of Covid-19, the derecho, lockdown and social isolation. We haven’t been able to gather together to grieve and remember. Our heroic health care workers, in particular, have had to put emotions aside just to get through the days of caring for the sick and dying. Our unexpressed grief has taken an emotional and spiritual toll on us all.

It’s time now to come together to grieve those we have lost—our human loved ones, treasured trees, creature-kin, lost life moments—and to celebrate the gift of their lives. Join facilitator Kathleen Rude at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for this two-day retreat. On Thursday, we will spend the day in ritual, reflection and sharing, honoring our grief in the morning and celebrating life in the afternoon. We will have ample time outside in the healing presence of nature. On Friday, we will nourish ourselves with experiences to strengthen our resilience so we can continue to face these challenging times with hope, gratitude and compassion.



The cost is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee for Thursday only is $150, and Friday only is $75.  Online registration here.

We encourage you to spend the full two days for healing and transformation, but if you can only make one day, we recommend the full day Thursday. If you wish to only spend one day, Thursday or Friday, please register by phone at 319-395-6700.

Kathleen Rude is a life-long environmentalist mentored by Joanna Macy. She conducts retreats on environmental and social change, as well as spirituality and healing. A healer and ceremonial leader, Kathleen offers sweat lodge and seasonal fire ceremonies and individual healing sessions. She also is an environmental writer and advocate with a master’s degree in natural resources. She is the author of The Redemption of Red Fire Woman.

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