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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 several books including: “The Courage to Teach,” “Let Your Life Speak,” and “Healing the Heart of Democracy.”  We appreciate Parker’s continuing support of our mission.

This year, Parker is making an even greater and more generous contribution to POI – he and Carrie Newcomer are coming to present their program “Healing the Heart of Democracy”.  A public event will be hosted at St John Lutheran church in Belle Plaine on the afternoon of Saturday, February 27th. That evening, Parker and Carrie will be guests at a private reception at Prairie Oaks. We are honored and excited to welcome them to Belle Plaine and to Prairie Oaks!

POI is proud to feature Courage and Renewal / Circles of Trust retreats, based on Parker’s ground-breaking work, as a key part of what we do.   It’s because of the generous support from people like you — and Parker — that POI can provide opportunities like these at affordable prices, and live out its vision to be a community-building catalyst.

We’ll provide more details soon on how you can attend both of these exciting events!

 


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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 this retreat we’ll explore the power of story to:

• shape our sense of identity and calling

• illuminate our relationships with others – especially those whose perspectives and worldviews may be different from our own

• create and sustain a more just and peaceful world

We’ll gather in the beauty of the vibrant spring landscapes at Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, on the southwest outskirts of the Twin Cities. Space is limited, so register early (by April 15 at the latest)!

FACILITATORS:

Visual artist, photographer and author John Noltner (apeaceofmymind.net)

Musical artist, singer/songwriter Neal Hagberg (nealhagberg.com)

Listening artist, Courage and Renewal® facilitator Chris Johnson (milkweedgroup.com)

COST is a steeply discounted $110/person, including meals, program, and materials.

Overnight lodging (in shared bedrooms) and Saturday morning breakfast are also available for a low additional cost of $45/person.

Tickets at The Power of Story  or mail to Prairie Oaks Instititute, 1200 W South Street, Belle Plaine, MN 56011.  Questions, please email us at info@prairieoaksinstitute.org

 


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(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” of this winter-into-spring-themed retreat will include:

  • enhance your sense of calling, initiative, and confidence to address complex challenges
  • replenish the inner reservoirs of courage and resilience that are necessary to sustain crucial, change-making work over the long haul
  • deepen your integrity and authenticity by reconnecting what you do with who you really are
  • practice self-development by reflecting upon and learning from both success and failure
  • understand the power of paradox and strengthen your capacity to hold tension in lifegiving ways
  • view your life, work, and leadership in the context of an interconnected world • revive, renew, restore; come back to life from the long dormancy of winter.

Bring a journal or notebook and an object that connects you to a place that is important to you. Dress comfortably and be prepared to be outside.

PicMonkey Collage

Facilitators: Dr. Chris Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in facilitating retreats & workshops, teaching, speaking, consulting, and deep listening in higher education, faith communities, and the business and not-for-profit sectors. He is founder and principal of The Milkweed Group, whose work is to create safe, courageous spaces that that nourish inner wisdom, sharpen clarity of purpose, and fuel capacity to live and lead for a better world. Chris is a Circles of Trust® facilitator in association with Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal. For more about Chris and his work, please visitwww.milkweedgroup.com

Rev. Sarah Ciavarri is a Daring Way™ Facilitator and Consultant who leads retreats and works with people who are looking for transformation in their vocation, relationships, and leadership. Sarah is the Director of Spiritual Care at Augustana Health Care Center of Apple Valley and the Apple Valley Villa. Sarah was a parish pastor for six years and has been a care center chaplain for nearly 15 years. For more about Sarh and her work, please visit www.sarahciavarri.com

Corporate/Government – $365/person; Individual/Non-profit – $285/person. Register at www.POIspring2015.eventbrite.com or email us at info@prairieoaksinstitute.org.


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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 can support local food and farmers.

Gather at 6 pm, eat at 6:30 pm at Harvest House, 1200 W South Street, Belle Plaine.  We’ll provide the soup, bread and beverages, you bring great conversation, a dish to share, if you like and a friend.  If you RSVP on Facebook it helps us know how much soup to prepare.

Community Potluck


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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’ll provide the soup, bread and beverages.  Bring a dish to share, if you like.

RSVP on Facebook to help us make sure we have enough soup on hand!


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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 19thBarbara McAfee will be facilitating an intimate workshop for 20 participants at Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine, MN. Barbara 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 Vocal Presence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) was the #1 Amazon bestseller in business communications when it was released in October of 2011. She was an organizational development consultant for twelve years, specializing in team building, communications, and applying organizational principles and practices within communities.

Optional childrens’ program is available at no additional cost if enough young ones are attending. Please email the event organizer for details. Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee.

With only 20 seats available, registration for this event will go quickly!  Early bird price is $200. Price after June 27th is $250. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Eventbrite - Barbara McAfee Vocal Presence


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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 connect with nature, yourself, your baby, and other beautiful mamas. Spring is right around the corner, which is the perfect time to align with nature’s rebirth and emergence! Spots for this event will be limited. Register before April 15th to save $40!  Click here to register.


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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 other pollinators, but bee habitat and populations are in danger. Come share a meal and learn about this important issue and here John’s plans for 2014. We will gather at 6, eat at 6:30 at Harvest House, 1200 W South Street, Belle Plaine. White bean and kale soup, bread and beverages will be served. You can bring a dish to share, if you like.  RSVP on Facebook.


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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 Vocal Presence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) was the #1 Amazon bestseller in business communications when it was released in October of 2011. She was an organizational development consultant for twelve years, specializing in team building, communications, and applying organizational principles and practices within communities.

 Seats for this special event will be limited.  Children’s program/retreat will be offered      concurrently with this event.  If you are interested in attending, please complete contact info    below.

http://www.barbaramcafee.com/index.php


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Fall Festival Fun in the Rain & the Cold

It was a beautiful September and a quite nice October as well.  September 28th was a bit of a different story as the cold winds and driving rain made for a light turn out at our Fall Festival.

Those who did come found the silent auction and readings moved inside the cozy Farmhouse. The musicians and marketers braved the elements and delivered some great entertainment and offerings for our guests.

Heirloom tomatoes from A Place at the Table CSA

Heirloom tomatoes from A Place at the Table CSA

Poetry Reading Joyce Sutphen

Poetry Reading Joyce Sutphen

Rain gear and fun games!

Rain gear and fun games!

Depot Creek kept the tunes coming despite playing during the windiest part of the day.

Depot Creek kept the tunes coming despite playing during the windiest part of the day.

Jessie Erickson performs at the Fall Festival.

Jessie Erickson performs at the Fall Festival.