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The COCI service team is requesting that event attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, or bringing scented candles to our programs as we have some folks who are allergic and cannot enjoy the event.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Des Moines: 10th Annual Advent Silent Retreat

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9 am to noon

Join us for a morning of quiet, prayer and reflection as
we “Hold the Light” for the world this Advent season.
As the world begins to crank up the wheels of
commerce and the noise of celebration,
you are invited take a moment to pause
in the quiet, and bask in the light.

Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 3010 - 52nd St, Des Moines
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cost: $15
Please register so we can be ready for you.
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Ames: Advent Silent Retreat

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017  9 am to noon
Coffee and snacks at 8:30

First Christian Church, 611 Clark Ave in Ames
Contact: Mary Jo Wulf, 515.441.6446 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Cost: $15  Please register

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Winter Solstice Contemplative Worship

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 7 p.m.

Featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, musician and liturgical theologian from Strawberry Point, Iowa. Richard is known nationally as a composer of both traditional liturgical and contemporary worship music.

Covenant Christian Church, 2700 72nd Street, Urbandale.
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Free will offering.  Download Flyer

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Contemplative Lounge

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9-11:30 a.m.

Join in this informal conversation about the practice of Centering Prayer and its facilitation of living contemplatively. Whether you’re a new or seasoned practitioner, we’ll learn from one another as we share our experiences of Centering Prayer and questions that come from those experiences. For instance: “How can a practice that is supposed to be so simple, seem so hard?” “Why don’t I seem to be getting anywhere with this prayer?” “Aren’t all types of meditation the same?” “Is it really necessary to do two periods of Centering a day?”

Myths and misunderstandings about contemplation in general and Centering Prayer, specifically, abound. The morning will include two periods of Centering Prayer and refreshments. Facilitated by Kathy Reardon, spiritual director and commissioned teacher of Centering Prayer.

Faith Lutheran Church, 10395 University Ave, Clive
Contact: Cheri Grauer, 515.979.1988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Free will offering. Please Register

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18- Hour Lenten Retreat

Friday, March 2nd - Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Beginning with a simple supper on Friday evening and concluding with lunch on Saturday, we'll share about 18 hours of silence, prayer and reflection. In addition to ample Centering Prayer time shared together, other spiritual disciplines will be offered for prayer, inner work and worship.

Location TBD
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Cost: $55. Please Register

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 United in Prayer Day

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Come together with others here and around the world for Contemplative Outreach’s 25th annual day of prayer. The day includes: Centering Prayer periods, inspirational DVD, and discussion.

Location TBD
Contact: Judy Proksa, 515-745-1913 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A $15.00 donation is suggested. Please register.

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Seven Sacred Pauses

Friday, March 20, 2018

You are invited to honor Good Friday with silence at Covenant Christian Church at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 a.m., noon, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 pm, each for 30 minutes.

Covenant Christian Church, 2700 72nd St, Urbandale, 2700 72nd St, Urbandale
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Earth Day Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a wonderful way to celebrate the earth's riches and graces with a morning of walking meditation, exploring the spiritual gifts of the Labyrinth. There are 5 labyrinths to choose from at the Labyrinth Park now hosted at Covenant Christian Church. We are partnering with Santosha Yoga, a cooperative yoga studio next door to Covenant Christian Church. Come share the beautiful space, indoors and outdoors as we experience embodied, prayerful movement.

Santosha Yoga Studio/Covenant Christian Church, 2700 72nd Street, Urbandale
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Weekend Centering Prayer/11-step Retreat

6:00 p.m. Friday, May 4th to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6th

This is our 3rd annual 12 step Centering Prayer retreat for folks in recovery (and their families and friends) who practice Centering Prayer as an 11th Step discipline.

Christian Conference Center, Newton
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515-240-1653, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
or Judy Proksa, 515-745-1913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Cost: TBD in the $200 range.
Please register.

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 7-Day Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

Sunday, June 3rd - June Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Facilitated by Stephanie Haskins and Paul Witmer.

Our Lady of the Prairie, Wheatland, IA
Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Cost: TBD Please register.

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Des Moines Silent Retreat
December 2nd, 2017
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Ames Silent Retreat
December 2nd, 2017
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Winter Solstice Contemplative Worship
December 20, 2017
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Contemplative Lounge
January 13, 2018
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