Wintering Through: Exploring Your Life’s Calling in the New Year

The rigors of winter are accompanied by amazing gifts…. Times of dormancy and deep rest are essential to all living things. Winter clears the landscape…giving us a chance to see ourselves and each other more clearly, to see the very ground of our being. ~ Parker J. Palmer One of the gifts of winter inContinue reading “Wintering Through: Exploring Your Life’s Calling in the New Year”

Reserve Tickets Available! Parker Palmer & Carrie Newcomer – Healing the Heart of Democracy on February 27th at POI!

Reserve tickets available here! At Prairie Oaks, we have the good fortune to be connected to many amazing people. Through our efforts to offer retreats and programming, we’ve been able to build relationships with some well-known authors, advocates, and change agents. One of these amazing people is Parker Palmer, advocate, activist, and author of severalContinue reading “Reserve Tickets Available! Parker Palmer & Carrie Newcomer – Healing the Heart of Democracy on February 27th at POI!”

Registration Ends Soon! Join us for the Power of Story & the Courage to Change the World

FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 1 – SATURDAY LUNCH, MAY 2 PRAIRIE OAKS INSTITUTE, BELLE PLAINE, MN There is still space available for this May Day program on the Power of Story! We are the stories of our lives, and story is how we seek to understand who we are and how we should live. In thisContinue reading “Registration Ends Soon! Join us for the Power of Story & the Courage to Change the World”

(Re-)Uniting Soul and Role: Soul-sustenance for Change-makers

Spring cleaning for the soul! Please join us March 19-21 for a special retreat led by Dr. Chris Johnson and Rev. Sarah Ciavarri.  Retreat begins Thursday, March 19, 6 pm and ends Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm. Meals and shared lodging included. Why should I come? How will it help me? Key leadership “take-aways” ofContinue reading “(Re-)Uniting Soul and Role: Soul-sustenance for Change-makers”

Give Thanks for Local Food Producers at our November 18th Potluck!

Join us on Tuesday, November 18th for our last Community Potluck of the season.  We’ll be serving a Kale and Bean soup featuring ingredients from our local producers. Farmer Sonya Ewert of A Place at the Table CSA will talk about the economics of local food production. Learn how changing federal and state farm policies canContinue reading “Give Thanks for Local Food Producers at our November 18th Potluck!”

Belle Plaine Garden Club at September Potluck

Did you know that Belle Plaine has a Garden Club?  Come out for the potluck on September 16th and get to know these fine folks and learn about their varied gardening interests. As always, we’ll gather at Harvest House at 6 and eat at 6:30 pm.  You bring your friends, ideas and interests and we’llContinue reading “Belle Plaine Garden Club at September Potluck”

Tickets now available for Barbara McAfee Vocal Presence

We are kicking off our new author series with a day of vocal exploration, liberation, and delight! Put your voice to work in the service of your intentions, vision and purpose. Establish your Vocal Presence. On July 19th, Barbara McAfee will be facilitating an intimate workshop for 20 participants at Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine, MN. Barbara has been aContinue reading “Tickets now available for Barbara McAfee Vocal Presence”

Awakened Mama Retreat May 16-18th

Attention Pregnant Mamas: It is time to awaken your roots, and to do so, we have a special gift brewing for you! Prairie Oaks welcomes Amy Heilman (birth doula/prenatal yoga instructor) and Brittany Bushaw (mama/massage therapist/homesteader). They will invite you into the sacredness of your birth journey with a weekend retreat where you will connectContinue reading “Awakened Mama Retreat May 16-18th”

March 18th Potluck with Beekeeper John Emery

Join us on Tuesday, March 18th for our first potluck of 2014! Meet our special guest John Emery, beekeeper and owner of Spotted  Duck Apiary.   John will be back at Prairie Oaks again this spring, tending his hives on the Devine-Johnson prairies located behind the POI farm campus. We depend on bees and otherContinue reading “March 18th Potluck with Beekeeper John Emery”

Save the date – Barbara McAfee at Prairie Oaks on July 19!

Prairie Oaks Institute is excited to welcome Barbara McAfee for an intimate retreat session at Prairie Oaks on July 19th.   Barbara McAfee has been a voice coach for over twenty years supporting leaders from all sectors to unleash the full power and presence in their voices. Her book, Full Voice: The Art and Practice of VocalContinue reading “Save the date – Barbara McAfee at Prairie Oaks on July 19!”