August 1 -Thursday
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Pat Pintens

To speak of death is for many uncomfortable or even frowned upon. Yet we often have questions, feelings and wonderings about death that we would like to talk about. Death Café is an open, respectful and confidential space to express safely one’s views, questions, or beliefs about death. There is no intention of leading participants to any particular conclusion or course of action. Tea, coffee and cake will be served. Donations welcome. Register by Friday, July 26.

IONS Science and Spirituality

August 1 – Thursday
12:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Special Presentation by Ron Corte, M.D.
Facilitators: Jan Lewis & Sister Marla Lang

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race, a 1,200 mile journey across the wilds of Alaska symbolizes commitment, challenge, vulnerability, and perseverance. Like life it is a journey of faith, hope and love. Ron Corte is a four time finisher of Alaska’s Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Join us for his presentation “Tales from the Trail: Lessons For Life”. Suggested offering: $10.00.


August 5- Monday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Siser Karen Kappell

The choice of paper surfaces influences the character of your painting. Yupo paper is a man-made synthetic paper which does not absorb paint. The colors remain very brilliant but take longer to dry. Bring watercolor paints and supplies,and photos of large, light valued flowers such as day-lilies. Yupo Paper is provided. Fee: $30.00.Bring a lunch. Register by Monday, July 29.


August 6 – Tuesday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sister Karen Kappell

Masa Paper is a rice paper that leaves batik-like cracks on the surface. The subject of a large flower will have different qualities than Yupo paper. A different subject can be chosen. Bring watercolor supplies and a stretched half sheet of cold press watercolor paper. The provided masa paper is mounted onto the cold press sheet for support.Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Monday, July 29.


August 7 – Wednesday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sister Karen Kappell

Cold-press paper is the most versatile of watercolor paper. It allows the paint to be absorbed and therefore layers of color can be applied. The subject of a large flower will provide the most learning if you are doing all three classes. A different subject can be chosen. Bring watercolor supplies and a stretched half sheet of cold press watercolor paper. Fee: $30.00. Bring a lunch. Register by Monday, July 2.


August 7 – Wednesday
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Pat Pintens, Sister Julia Walsh and Scott Bowe

Trees are astonishing! Hear how a professor of forestry and devout Catholic experiences the beauty of the woods. Explore aspects of “Forest bathing”, the Japanese approach to being in a forest. Meet us at Kemp Natural Resources Station (9161 Kemp Rd, Woodruff, WI 54568). Dress for the outdoors and bring a lunch. Suggested donation: $30.00. Register by August 5th.


August 8 Thursday
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Pat Pintens

Michelangelo lived a very busy and prolific life sacrificing personal relationships for the sake of art. While he was not a saint we can learn from him how to contribute something good, beautiful and helpful to others.Come and learn about and from Michelangelo. Suggested offering: $10.00. Register by Monday, August 5.


August 8 – Thursday
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Sister Julia Walsh and Earth Goods staff

Labryinths are complex paths used for meditation since ancient times. Come create a usable table-top labyrinth that can be an art piece for the wall or a one-of-a-kind gift. All materials are provided. No experience necessary. Come and go home with a 12-by-12-inch completed labyrinth. We will meet at Earthgoods, 301 E. Front St. in downtown Minocqua. Fee: $30.00. Register by Thursday, August 1.


August 9 – Friday
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Sister Julia Walshand a Naturalist from North Lakeland Discovery Center

What does nature know that humanity hasn’t yet figured out? Come explore the natural wonders around us and contemplate how nature could help us be healthier and happy humans. Suggested donation $10.00. Register by Wednesday, August 7. Meet at the Discovery Center.


August 13 – Tuesday
9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
Presenter: Pat Pintens

“When we bless, it is God’s deep and vast goodness or God-ness, in us that blesses another,” wrote Joyce Rupp. One way of offering blessings is to gift someone with a “blessing basket.” Bring a small basket, and any greeting cards you would like to repurpose. Suggested offering: $15.00. Register by Wednesday, August 7.

IONS Science and Spirituality

August 15 – Thursday
12:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Facilitators: Jan Lewis & Sister Marla Lang

How do the new scientific discoveries coupled with the knowledge of ancient wisdom teachings inform the questions “Who Am I?” and “Who Are We?” In his series “Missing Links”, Gregg Braden explores “The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief”. Join us to view and discuss episodes 5 & 6.Suggested offering: $10.00.


August 16 – Friday
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Facilitators: Sister Anita Beskar & Sister Marla Lang

Call 715-385-2706 for the book of the month. Suggested offering: $10.00. Third Friday of the month, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 20.


August 16 & 17 Friday
6:30–Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Wayne Manthey

Participants will use wood, deer hides, walnut stain and other natural elements to create a unique, personal drum to take home. They will also learn about the ancient spiritual tradition of drumming. Fee: Resident: $120.00 (includes bedroom in a shared lakeside cabin, meal & program) Drum not included. Commuter: $90.00 (includes Saturday lunch and program). Drum not included. • Materials: (choose one) 13” drum – $110.00 or 16” drum- $135.00. Register by Wednesday, August 1 (limited to 12).

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players: St. Thomas Aquinas, The Theologian

August 22 – Thursday
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Facilitator: Sister Elizabeth Amman

We ask questions about faith as soon as we can talk and think about it. We wonder about the vastness of the universe, our place in it and God’s role in the whole thing. As adults, the questions still keep coming. But how to answer the questions? St. Thomas teaches us to plunge into questions, open to truth, which means open to God. Come, ‘meet Thomas’ and learn of his wisdom in the search for answers. Suggested offering: $10.00. Please register by the day before.

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