Health & Wellness

Spiritual Enrichment – November 2020


Meditations from Mississippi Abbey
Ongoing (Virtual)

In these uncertain times, we are subject to anxiety and stress unrelated to our normal life. The Sisters of Mississippi Abbey are bringing words of comfort and assurance to give you hope in this unusual season. Sign up for emails to be notified of new postings.


Hope & Healing Grief Retreat
Saturday, Nov. 14 @ 10 AM-3:30 PM

Due to the COVID virus, our annual grief retreat has moved online. Join Mary Potter Kenyon, Jaimie Hanson, and David LaBelle for a day of finding healing through creativity. Cost is $35 and includes a PDF workbook with the Zoom link. Register by Thursday, Nov. 12.


Sinsinawa Mound remains closed to the public for an indefinite period of time for all concerts, meetings, and tours. Many retreats, workshops, and prayer services have been either moved to a virtual venue or will be sponsored on site for small groups in a designated area of the building with social distancing and mask requirements in place. View a list of upcoming events at

Pause: A Season to Breathe – Saturday, Nov. 7 @ 10 AM-12 PM
Like the seasons of Earth that shift and change in nature, our lives of faith are also cyclical and invite us to pause, breathe into, and appreciate the season. This four-session virtual micro-retreat invites participants to be attentive, compassionate, pause, and appreciate each faith-based season as it mirrors the natural changing cycle of seasons. From the ordinary time of now through the anticipated promise of hope, these sessions will be both reflective and engaging.

Story, Place, and Indigenous Spirituality – Wednesday, Nov. 11 @ 7 PM-8 PM
In this interview with Mohican storyteller Jim Bear Jacobs, participants will learn about the connection between story and place, be challenged by Native American spirituality, and learn what non-native people can do to decolonize. He is a theologian, historian, storyteller, and member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation.

Hope and Healing for Alzheimer’s – Thursday, Nov. 12 @ 7 PM-8:15 PM
This presentation is designed to open minds and hearts in new ways, to provoke thought by challenging our cultural conditioning about a difficult topic that touches many of us, and to offer hope and consolation to those who accompany loved ones through the journey of diminishing cognitive capacities that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

St. Hildegard, the Divine Feminine, and the Greening of God – Saturday, Nov. 14 @ 2 PM-3 PM
Today St. Hildegard is known especially for her visions and lyrics concerning the feminine Divine and her prescient ecological awareness. After a short introduction, we will focus on her visions of divine Love (Caritas) and Lady Wisdom. It will also explore her urgent prophetic message about cosmology, ecological balance, and the effects of human sinfulness on the environment.

Canvas Painting: Skating Snowperson – Tuesday, Nov. 17 @ 6 PM-9 PM
Sarah Barnes, artist and owner of Create It Art Studio in Dubuque, Iowa, will guide you step-by-step in how to paint on canvas. All supplies will be provided. This will be onsite with all precautionary coronavirus practices in place and a limit of 10 people.

Buddhist Teachings for Deep Ecology: Part One – Wednesday, Nov. 18 @ 7 PM-8:15 PM
It is painfully evident that the life support systems of planet Earth are in crisis. The web of life for all species, including humans, is in peril. Buddhist teachings and Deep Ecology agree that we humans will not change the behaviors causing such suffering unless we transform the sense of our identity. Such transformation brings the capacity to act with wise compassion; we now realize we are Earth protecting itself. During this webinar, we explore this Buddhist wisdom and its overlap with Deep Ecology.

You Are Not Alone – Saturday, Nov. 21 @ 10 AM-11:30 AM
Whether you’ve always loved to sing or always wanted to sing, your voice is welcome here. We’ll be on Zoom—and on mute as we sing—so this is the perfect opportunity to sing together and safely apart. We need songs and songs need us, and there are perfect songs for times such as this. They are simple, meaningful, and powerful songs that you can learn easily and then carry with you through your days.

While the Mound is closed to visitors, Sinsinawa Bakery remains open for online ordering at and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Gallery is available for online purchases at Customers can also place orders by calling (608) 748-4411. Items can be shipped or customers can arrange for curbside pickup between 10 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

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