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Enfolded in Love
Guidance from Julian of Norwich

Lenten Retreat  Saturday, February 17th, 2018
8:30 a.m. Fellowship, Retreat 9 a.m. - Noon

A Contemplative Centering Prayer Event
The Rev. Mary Jane Oakland, an Episcopal priest, and an Oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, will lead us in a morning of learning and contemplation based on the life and writings of Julian of Norwich, a 14th Century mystic. The morning will begin and end with Centering Prayer. Participants will have opportunity to enjoy prayer, learning and silence in a beautiful setting. This is an ecumenical event. All are welcome.

Northminster Presbyterian Church. 1416 20th St., Ames
Contact: Mary Jo Pfeifer Wulf,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  515-441-6446
Please Register  Download Flyer

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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.

Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave, 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: $55. Please Register  Download Flyer

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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.

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 1020 - 24th Street, West Des Moines, IA
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 30, 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
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: $190 double, $210 single.
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: $500 Please register.

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March 2-3, 2018
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March 30, 2018
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Contemplation is essentially a listening in silence, an expectancy. And yet in a certain sense, we must truly begin to hear God when we have ceased to listen. What is the explanation of this paradox? Perhaps only that there is a higher kind of listening, which is not attentiveness to some special wavelength, a receptivity to a certain kind of message, but a general emptiness that waits to realize the fullness of the message of God within its own apparent void.
--Thomas Merton