Retreats slated near Wheatland


The following retreats are slated at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat near Wheatland in July.

• “Come to the Quiet,” a silent summer retreat day, will take place Thursday, July 15, from 9:30 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m. Fee is $15, which includes lunch.

Pray, meditate, read, walk or just sit in the quiet beauty of The Prairie. This day is yours but the time includes short opening and closing prayers together. Sessions with a spiritual director are available for a separate fee paid directly to the director.

• “Tools to Support the Spiritual Direction Conversation” will take place Tuesday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Fee is $15, which includes lunch.


Using the focusing process as the primary tool, participants will explore ways a director can assist directees to listen reverently to their own stories. Participants will use the imagination, memory work, and a developmental understanding of God experiences. The day includes input, discussion, small group work and personal reflection. The retreat is primarily for spiritual directors but open to anyone who sits with others in a helping relationship.

Presenter is Lucy Abbott Tucker, who has worked at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago, preparing individuals for the ministry of spiritual direction for over 25 years. 

To register, contact Barbara Gross at (563) 336-8414 or

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