Health & Wellness

Spiritual Enrichment – October 2023


Reading That Matters: October Book Discussion – Monday, Oct. 2 @ 6:30 PM, Shalom Parlor
Reading That Matters has been a Shalom-sponsored program since 2010. Books chosen for each discussion are meant to increase understanding and acceptance by acquainting the reader with various people and cultures’ challenges, beliefs, and values. All are welcome!

Reading John’s Story of Jesus with Fr. Bob Beck – Tuesdays, Oct. 3, 10, & 17 @ 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Join us as we welcome Fr. Robert “Bob” Beck to Shalom! Fr. Beck will present a series on the stories of Jesus gleaned from his study of John’s Gospel. The sessions will draw on his current study of the narrative of John’s gospel. This approach looks at the story in its successive moments—what starts the narrative, its mounting tension or rising action, its climactic turning point, and its resolution.

Shalom Yoga with Deb May – Tuesday, Oct. 3 @ 4:30 PM-5:30 PM, Shalom Chapel
Welcome to our monthly Yoga class with Deb May, owner of YogaCare and Yoga instructor for over 20 years. Deb’s Yoga classes promote gentle, flowing Yoga, allowing you to respect your limits and encouraging you to reach your potential. Discover the flow, light, and grace of Yoga. Yoga helps you relieve stress and build strength and flexibility.

Autumn Equinox Drumming Circle with Prayer Service – Wednesday, Oct. 4 @ 6 PM-7:30 PM, Francis House Courtyard
This outdoor program will feature prayers and drumming around a warm bonfire. Feel free to bring a drum of your own or another rhythmic instrument. Following the Drum Circle (which ends at 7:00), there will be a short prayer service commemorating the Feast of St. Francis.

Walking and Praying in the Labyrinth – Tuesday, Oct. 10 @ 5:45 PM-6:45 PM @ Shalom Spirituality Center
Is life too busy to sit and pray? We invite you to come and walk the labyrinth which is a sacred journey of prayer. This is a silent, prayerful practice suitable for older teens and adults. Freewill offering.

Caregiver Wellness Retreat – Thursday, Oct. 12, Shalom Spirituality Center
Join us for self-care, relaxation, and renewal to help you stay mentally, emotionally, and physically well as a non-professional caregiver. This is a free event. Caregivers may attend the morning or afternoon block or both. Each block will include five 20-minute sessions.

October Meditation and Music: Sound Healing with Morgan Noel – Monday, Oct. 16 @ 6:30 PM-7:30 PM, Shalom Spirituality Center
Experience a deep meditative state as you surrender to the healing sound frequencies of Crystal Singing Bowls. This practice helps to cultivate a calming and relaxing experience for participants. Facilitator Morgan Noel is a practitioner of Singing Bowls and is Usui Reiki 1 & 2 Certified. No prior experience is needed.

Lunch and RENEW: Chair Yoga – Wednesday, Oct. 18 @ 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room
October’s theme is the Immune System! This Yoga practice will focus on awareness, core strength, and breathing techniques for better posture, followed by a simple and delicious lunch!

Nuclear Weapons: Feeling the Harm Right Here in Iowa – Friday, Oct. 27 @ 6 PM-8 PM, Shalom Spirituality Center
On this date in 1962, a Soviet naval commander named Vasili Arkhipov saved the world from nuclear destruction during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Confusion aboard his vessel very nearly led to the accidental launch of a nuclear missile, which would have started a deadly war. Arkhipov narrowly averted this disaster, but it is now up to each one of us to help avert the next disaster! Come to learn about how this issue has affected life in Iowa and how you can stand up for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons.

Poetry and Music in the Morning – Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 10 AM-11:30 AM, Shalom Spirituality Center
Sit outside on Shalom’s patio and enjoy a live poetry reading (done via Zoom) with Minnesota author, wellness coach, and poet Heidi Barr. In 2022, Heidi was a Poet of Place in the lower St. Croix Valley. Heidi will also introduce her in-person program at Shalom in November! Following the poetry, enjoy the fresh air and listen to the music of Kristina Marie Castañeda & Shawn Healy.



Learn more about our offerings at Sinsinawa Mound by visiting online or contacting Arrangements at 608-748-4411.

Forest Ecology at the Mound – Tuesday, Oct. 10 @ 5 PM-6 PM
Birds, bugs, and beauty galore! Find all this and more at the Mound this fall. Join us to hike and learn all about forest ecology in our little slice of the Driftless.

Native Book Discussion: The Round House: A Novel (via Zoom) – Tuesday, Oct. 10 @ 7 PM-8:15 PM
One of the most revered novelists of our time, a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life, Louise Erdrich transports readers to Ojibwe territory in North Dakota.

Native Lands Tour: Kickapoo Valley Reserve – Saturday, Oct. 14 @ 10 AM-2 PM
This nearly 9,000-acre reserve is co-managed by the Ho-Chunk nation and is a fascinating and unique site in this region. William “Naawacekgize” Quackenbush, member of the Deer Clan and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ho-Chunk nation, will offer a tour.

Living “Laudato Si’”: Exploring the Spiritual Depths of Eco-Responsibility (via Zoom) – Tuesday, Oct. 17 @ 7 PM-8 PM
Beth Piggush will help us more deeply respond to Pope Francis’s profound call for an ecological conversion in his hugely important 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home”.

Women Doctors of the Church – Saturday, Oct. 21 @ 9 AM-12 PM
Of all those named by the Roman Catholic Church as doctors, only four are women. Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Theresa of Lisieux. Each has a remarkable story that will open up new spiritual dimensions for you. This program will be offered via Zoom and in person.

Forest Ecology at the Mound – Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 10 AM-11 AM
Birds, bugs, and beauty galore! Find all this and more at the Mound this fall. Join us to hike and learn all about forest ecology in our little slice of the Driftless.

Whole-Making with our Ancestors – Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 10 AM-3 PM
We’ll join together in a circle of learning and support around these questions: How and why do our ancestors come to us? How do we honor them? How are we sustained in the ongoing work of whole-making?

Sinsinawa Mound Center is once again open to visitors and guests. View a list of upcoming events online or by calling (608) 748-4411.

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