Health & Wellness

Spiritual Enrichment – November 2021


Learn more about offerings at Sinsinawa Mound Center online or by contacting Arrangements at (608) 748-4411. Please check their website for current COVID protocols.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: With Every Leaf a Miracle – Through Tuesday, Nov. 9 @ 8 AM-7 PM
Patricia Mroczka began her love of art at St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, while taking four years of art classes from Sister Dolora Salter, OP (1892–1977). She has since studied art education at the Art Institute of Chicago and taken art classes from prominent artists in the Midwest. Her fondness for architecture also began at St. Clara and led her to an associate degree in architecture. Pat has incorporated this into her artwork for the past 30-plus years, inspired by the quaint homes and downtown area of her home in Downers Grove, IL.

On the Threshold of Three Strokes: A Simple Practice for Visual Journaling and Reflection – Wednesdays, Nov. 3 & 17 @ 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Sister Stella DeVenuta, OSF, will lead us in this three-part series that involves combining lines and words. Similar to Chinese brush painting, we will create three effortless strokes, to evoke the essence of the three-line verses that will emerge. Participants will playfully engage their imagination using words and their “inner” vision to give expression to the simple brush stroke images.

Tree Ecology: Conduits to the Creator – Saturday, Nov. 6 @ 1 PM-3 PM
This outdoor tree walk will be an educational and contemplative look into the natural world of Sinsinawa Mound, with attention to the inter-relationships between the plants, animals, humans, and the rest of the creatures that make up this community of life. Tim Andrews will lead this walk so we can learn how to identify different plants and trees and discover a spirituality of the land.

Wood Painting: Snowman – Tuesday, Nov. 9 @ 6 PM-9 PM
Sarah Barnes, artist and owner of Create It Art Studio in Dubuque, IA, will guide you in painting a snowman on wood. All supplies will be provided. Bring along your friends for an enjoyable and creative evening out!

Meeting Alzheimer’s: The Art and Science of Creative Dementia Caregiving (for Families, Friends, and Informal Caregivers) – Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 10 & 11 @ 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
It can be difficult to understand or communicate and connect with people who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. They may say or do things that don’t make sense, or they may become upset or angry. Finding creative ways to react and respond can make a big difference in the quality of their lives and enhance ongoing relationships. Providing state-of-the-art information grounded in Alzheimer’s science, Jade Angelica will be teaching techniques drawn from spiritual practices and creative drama.

Voices Serving the Holy in All: A Singing Retreat – Saturday, Nov. 13 @ 10 AM-3 PM
This retreat is for people who don’t sing, and for people who love to sing. Songleader Liz Rog will help us relax into the voices we were born to sing with as we share beautiful, playful, simple songs that can reshape the world. Come bring your voice to help create an island of sanity, a place of belonging. Through group singing, we experience joy, a sense of success, and an expression of shared meaning. We deepen our sense of communion with one another and a sense of sanctuary for all our spirits.



Proactive Grieving – Thursday, Nov. 4 @ 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Facilitator: Mitch Carmody, GSP, CCP, grief educator Online Program via Zoom Proactive Grieving is an organic, user-friendly approach to processing loss that is groundbreaking and innovative. This seminar presents new and exciting survival strategies to caregivers, social workers, health professionals, clergy, or others involved with helping those who grieve.

Messages From Heaven – Friday, Nov. 5 @ 6:30 PM-8 PM
Sponsored by Craig Kramer and Kramer Funeral Home Online Program via Zoom Do you sometimes feel the presence of your loved one that has died? Have dreams that feel like a visit from them? Get signs or messages from heaven that your loved one is with God? There is compelling evidence that God can and does work to bring comfort this way. We’ll explore the phenomenon with a slide show of extraordinary anecdotal evidence that validates this experience for the griever.

Hope & Healing Grief Retreat – Saturday, Nov. 6 @ 9 AM-4:30 PM
Facilitator: Shalom Program Coordinator and certified grief counselor, Mary Potter-Kenyon Presenters: Jaimie Hanson, David LaBelle, and Cathy Corkery You can take an active role in your grief journey, accessing tools to move from grief to hope. Research has proven that creativity is one of those tools. Join us for a day of workshops and inspirational speeches designed to facilitate healing in those who grieve, including a board intended to envision your life without your loved one, contemplative photography, breathing exercises, making an ornament in memory of your loved one, and ideas on how to survive the holidays.

Reading That Matters – Tuesday, Nov. 9 @ 6:30 PM-8 PM
Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Named an NPR Best Book of the Year and written by a prize-winning poet, Castillo’s memoir is about the joys and sorrows of an undocumented family torn apart by draconian immigration policies. He recounts his and his family’s encounters with a system that treats them as criminals for seeking safe, ordinary lives with beauty, grace, and honesty. Everyone is welcome to join in these discussions of books that can impact how we view the world around us.

Spirituality & Justice – Saturday, Nov. 13 @ 9 AM-11 AM & 1 PM-3 PM
Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Spirituality and Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. He previously held the Dun Scotus Chair of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Fr. Dan is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and the author of thirteen books. Father Dan will be presenting on the topic of his newly released A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege, offering a message of hope and inviting participants to educate themselves and advocate for justice.

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