Deepening Our Roots for the Work of Our Lives

Deepening Our Roots for the Work of Our Lives


Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - Wednesday, January 26, 2022    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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How we spend our days
is of course how we spend our lives.
–Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Prairie Oaks Institute invites you to join 12 Tiny Things (Ellie) and The Milkweed Group (Chris) to enter the new year with intention, and to join us for the winter installment of these life-giving retreat series, “Deepening Our Roots for the Work of Our Lives.”

How do we cultivate more joy and meaning in our days while growing simplicity and intentionality throughout our lives?  This retreat series, beginning in the new year with Winter (and continuing with more seasonal series throughout 2022), explores daily practices that seek holiness in the ordinary routine. The work of our lives, our heart’s deep calling, is related to but not synonymous with our jobs. This series honors our holistic vocation as vibrant, complex creatures in a messy and beautiful world.

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Each online session (via Zoom) will be a spacious two hours (including ample time for pause and movement) on Wednesdays:

  • January 12,
  • January 19
  • January 26

Starting at 6:00 p.m. Central.

Using the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal, and focusing on the book 12 Tiny Things, our gatherings will include a nourishing mix of solitude and silence, conversation, and opportunity for reflective practice (writing, drawing, movement…).  Strictly confidential practices of deep listening, discernment, and mutual support will be a key component.

Hosted by the Prairie Oaks Institute

Author Ellie Roscher and Courage & Renewal facilitator Chris Johnson will journey through Ellie’s book 12 Tiny Things in an online Circle of Trust®.  Together we’ll explore twelve essential areas of life (three in each of the four seasons throughout the year): space, work, spirituality, food, style, nature, communication, home, sensuality, creativity, learning, and community.  These retreats will curate simple practices that promote a more reflective, rooted, and intentional life.

Especially in these turbulent times it’s crucial that we renew our spirits and re-connect what we do with who we are.  “Deepening Our Roots for the Work of Our Lives” is a rare opportunity to nourish your capacity to live, work, and lead from a place that’s firmly grounded in the realities of these still emerging “post-pandemic” times, and in your most authentic self. Regardless of how the ground feels underneath your feet, trust that there are roots there to tend. By trying on one tiny thing at a time, you can slowly, deliberately, and playfully remember who you are. You can nourish that being with tenderness. Together, we will reach and grow toward the sun.