Classes/Retreats

2022 Schedule
Mindfulness & Creativity: Say Yes to the Muse
In cooperation with Hawkeye Community College
Sunday, February 20, 2022
New Aldaya Lifescapes Library
2 – 4 p.m.
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Are you seeking creative inspiration? Explore expressive arts through mindful activities such as writing prose and poetry, sculpting with Play-doh and drawing. We’ll combine the genius of Leonardo da Vinci with the playfulness of nine modern day muses to nurture our own creative genius. This class is for curious novices and seasoned writers/artists and anyone who wants to explore their own untapped potential.

EarthWhispers Abbey: Awaken Your Creative Spirit, Celebrate Water
In cooperation with Hawkeye Community College
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
HCC Cedar Falls Campus
6 – 9 p.m.
Click here to register.
What’s the water you dream about and long for – bath, ocean, waterfalls, rain? From ice to rain, from swimming pools to puddles, and from faucets to oceans, explore water in all its many forms and mindfully noticing its capacity for transformation.  We’ll honor the element of water and learn to develop our wells of wisdom through creative activities. Each participant will receive a blue marble. Join us to discover the significance of this gift. Please bring your own journal. 

EarthWhispers Abbey: Terra Divina
Saturday, April 30,2022
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, Iowa
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
As part of the Contemplative Outing at Westminster Presbyterian Church, we will explore our sacred relationship to Earth by reading the text of the landscape.
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Legacy Facilitator Training
Thursdays, May 12, 19, 26 and Monday June 6
via Zoom
As a certified life legacy facilitator, you will help guide others to write legacy blessings and letters. You will become skilled in assisting others in sharing their needs, beliefs, and values through this rich, sacred tradition. Training is taught live on-line via Zoom. Life Legacies founder Rachael Freed leads the training along with two certified Life Legacies facilitators, Deborah Ross and Sue Schuerman.
Contact Sue for registration information: sueschuerman9@gmail.com (Registration deadline is April 25)

Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop
June 9, 10 and 11
Visit the website to see start and end times for each day
Riverview Conference Center, Cedar Falls
Novice and experienced writers, who want to hone their skills and network with award-winning authors and other accomplished writers, are invited to attend the 20th annual Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop.
Register at: cedarfallschristianwritersworkshop.org

EarthWhispers Abbey: Rhythms of Sky, Stone & Sun
Saturday, July 9, 2022
1 – 4 p.m.
Hearst Center for the Arts
To Register Call: Hearst Center for the Arts, 319-273-8641

EarthWhispers Abbey: Rooted & Reaching
In cooperation with Hawkeye Community College
July 26, 2022
Big Woods Lake Cedar Falls (North Shore Parking Lot/Shelter)
6 – 8 p.m.
By taking cues from Mother Nature, you might be surprised to find yourself breathing easier, embracing change, weathering storms, and being just a little more tree.
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EarthWhispers Abbey: Celebrate the Spiritual Connection Water Provides
Women of Faith Monthly Gathering
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Cedar Falls United Church of Christ, 9204 University Avenue
6:30 – 8 p.m.
You’re invited to share an evening with a spiritually and culturally diverse group of women. Through meditative practices and sharing, we will explore the significance of water in our various faith traditions and cultures.
No registration. EVERYONE is Welcome.

EarthWhispers Abbey: Terra Divina (Somewhat Silent Saturday)
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, Iowa
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
As part of the Contemplative Outing at Westminster Presbyterian Church, we will explore our sacred relationship to Earth by reading the text of the landscape.
Register at: TBA

Mindfulness & Creativity: Write from Your Senses
Thursday, November 3, 2022
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Hawkeye Community College Buchanan Hall 108
Waterloo, IAWake up your senses to wake up your writing. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, or keep a journal; using your senses will enliven your writing. What better way to invigorate all the senses than to attend a tea tasting? Through tea tasting and other mindful activities, you’ll learn imaginative techniques to describe taste, hearing, smell, and sight.
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2021 Schedule

EarthWhispers Mystery Box Series
Sponsored by Shalom Spirituality Center
Wednesdays, April 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Via Zoom
Register at shalomretreats.org
Each week a mystery box will be opened to discover what Earth is revealing to us. For now the contents are a closely-guarded secret. EarthWhispers Sisters Felecia Babb and Sue Schuerman invite you to the big reveal.

EarthWhispers Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 24, 2021
1 – 4 p.m.
Hearst Center for the Arts
304 West Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls, Iowa
Register at: thehearst.org
Through guided writing, meditation and other creative exercises, we’ll explore how color affects our moods and feelings.

Cedar Falls Christian Writers 19th Annual Workshop
Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, 2021
Riverview Conference Center
409 N. Division Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Register at: cedarfallschristianwritersworkshop.org Take your writing to a new level–experienced and novice writers welcome. Our featured speaker is award-winning author Shelly Beach. Various sessions on writing craft, marketing, personal growth, and publishing will be available.

Dialoguing With Nature: Rooted & Reaching
Saturday, August 21, 2021
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Includes a sack lunch)
Shalom Spirituality Center
1001 Davis Street
Dubuque, Iowa
Register at: shalomretreats.org
We’ll discover the regenerative spirit of Iowa’s forest landscapes to reveal the beauty and magnificence of our own true nature. This is an outdoor event.

Alternative Ways to Preserve Your Life Story
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hawkeye Community College Business Building
5330 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Register at: Alternative Ways to Preserve Your Life Story
Do you want to preserve your life stories for yourself, loved ones? This class is for those of you who want to save those precious memories, but who don’t want to write a full-length book.

EarthWhispers Mini-Retreat: Reconnect with Nature & Awaken Your Creative Spirit
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
6 – 9 p.m.
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
1927 E. Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa
Register at: EarthWhispers Mini-Retreat: Reconnect with Nature & Awaken Your Creative Spirit
The botanic gardens will be our inspiration as we explore the element of Air and how it can help us learn to go with the flow.


Mindfulness & Creativity: A Photographic Excursion
Tuesdays, August 24 & 31, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
1927 E. Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa
Register at: Mindfulness & Creativity: A Photographic Excursion



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