Tallgrass Conversations Retreat at Prairiewoods: In Search of the Prairie Spirit
- 6:30 p.m. -
- $165 – $195
- All Ages
Conversation is perhaps our greatest hope, not only for healing the rifts in human understanding, but also for restoring and reinspiring our relationship with the natural world. If we think of conversation as encounter and interaction that creates something new—understanding, inspiration, care, healing—then conversation with our native landscape can nurture a deeper relationship with and sense of stewardship of the tallgrass prairie, one of the most altered and threatened ecosystems in the world. To be in search of the prairie spirit here in this place on Earth, then, means to engage in tallgrass conversations. Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for a Friday evening book reading and Saturday retreat with author Thomas Dean. The Friday night event—which is open to the public—will consist of Tom reading and sharing photographs from his recently-released book Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit, as well as discussion about how conversation can enhance our relationships with the natural world. The day-long Saturday workshop will continue the discussion but focus greatly on us encountering the prairie, generating creative expression and sharing that creative expression with one another. The cost for the 24-hour retreat is $195 and includes sessions, Friday night lodging, all Saturday meals and a copy of Tallgrass Conversations. (An optional overnight Saturday, including Sunday breakfast, can be added for $55.) The commuter fee is $165 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and a copy of Tallgrass Conversations. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.