The Winter Warmer

Join us for an afternoon of hiking, show shoeing, or cross country skiing! Trek along the mile+ long trail through the prairie and take in the beautiful scenery. Need a warmup after your adventure? Enjoy some hot cider with an outdoor fire! The event will start at 2pm and go on until dark. This eventContinue reading “The Winter Warmer”

Miles for Monarchs at Prairie Oaks October 6th!

Prairie Oaks is excited to partner with the Monarch Joint Venture to host a Miles for Monarchs family fun walk event. We hope that you’ll join us for a fun Sunday afternoon (October 6th) from 2-4. Following the amazing migration journey monarchs make from Minnesota to Mexico, you’ll learn all about monarchs and get toContinue reading “Miles for Monarchs at Prairie Oaks October 6th!”

Leading with Heart:  Courage & Resilience for Challenging Times, A Courage to Lead® / Daring Way Retreat

We live in challenging times, bewildering times of great change, uncertainty – and promise. The more frustrated, confused, or passionate we are about our lives and our work in the world, the more vital it is that we find time to renew our spirits. As the abundance of summer turns to the casting of autumnContinue reading “Leading with Heart:  Courage & Resilience for Challenging Times, A Courage to Lead® / Daring Way Retreat”

Leading with Heart: Courage and Resilience for Challenging Times A Courage to Lead® / Daring Way™ Retreat

This retreat begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19 and concludes by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. The retreat will include ample time and space for solitude and conversation, journaling, silence and dialogue, rest and relaxing walks in the glorious outdoors. The retreat will be led by Daring Way™ facilitator Rev. Sarah Ciavarri ( and Courage and Renewal® facilitator Dr. Chris Johnson, founder and principal of The Milkweed Group (

Give Thanks for Local Foods and Farmers November 15th

Join us for our November Community Potluck on Tuesday, November 15th at Harvest House, 1200 W South Street, Belle Plaine when we Give Thanks for Local Foods and Farmers! We’ll honor and recognize local farmers for their contributions to our local food economy and sustainable agriculture. We provide the Black Bean, Squash & Kale soupContinue reading “Give Thanks for Local Foods and Farmers November 15th”

Children’s Day Camp at Prairie Oaks on July 22!

It’s not too late to sign up for Time on the Land a children’s camp sponsored by the Minnesota Farmers Union and Prairie Oaks Institute on Friday, July 22nd. Learn about bees and bird song, then get the kinks out with some outdoor yoga! After a light lunch we’ll head out on the hay wagon toContinue reading “Children’s Day Camp at Prairie Oaks on July 22!”

On the Commons with Jay Wallsjasper

Join us for our May Community Potluck with our inspiring special guest Jay Walljasper. Editor of Commons Magazine and a noted writer, speaker and thought-leader on  building and sustaining strong communities. This night is sure to stimulate some great conversations! Here’s a link to an article on Jay’s book on the Commons, All That WeContinue reading “On the Commons with Jay Wallsjasper”

Courage to Teach Retreat June 26-28!

“Breathe, trust, and hold the space open for the U N I M A G I N A B L E to flow into your experience.” Happiness Project. What in your life… is flourishing and in full bloom? needs tending or extra care? needs to be weeded or cut back to make room and spaceContinue reading “Courage to Teach Retreat June 26-28!”

April 14-16th Power of Story Retreat

THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 14 – SATURDAY LUNCH, APRIL 16 Experience the Power of Story with three powerful facilitators! There is still space available for this retreat and you can reserve your ticket HERE. We are the stories of our lives; story helps us to understand who we are and how we should live.  In this retreat we’llContinue reading “April 14-16th Power of Story Retreat”

Register NOW! Draw from the Deep Well: A Courage to Teach® Oasis for the End of the Year

“Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher….”   – Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscapes of a Teacher’s Life DO YOU… yearn to revive your heart for teaching in the face of the pressures that can make it so hard?Continue reading “Register NOW! Draw from the Deep Well: A Courage to Teach® Oasis for the End of the Year”