OFC mindfulness

The Mindfulness Retreat will encompass many different aspects of a person.

The crispness of the cooler days and windy moments usher in the feeling of Thanksgiving. We invite you to participate in our quiet space and programs to inspire your spirit of gratefulness!

The Oldenburg Franciscan Center, located on Main Street (State Road 229) in Oldenburg, provides retreats and programs that nurture the spirit, mind and body. The center, which carries on the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis, fosters spirituality and learning.

The center hosts movie nights once a month on Friday nights. “Breakthrough” will be shown Dec. 13 and “The River and the Wall” Jan. 24. All movie nights are free of charge. Refreshments will be served and freewill donations appreciated.

Movies can be followed by the facility’s Saturday programs. On Dec. 14, Sister Olga Wittekind, OSF, and Claire Sherman will present a Mindfulness Retreat with a day of mindfulness meditation practice. Mindfulness is a way to pay attention to the present moment. Drawing from the insights of Rainer Maria Rilke (West) and Jiddu Krishnamurti (East), the leaders will explore the benefits of mindfulness for reducing stress and the clutter of our minds. Come and experience the joy and inner peace this brings.

The annual Audubon Bird Count at Michaela Farm is Saturday, Dec. 28. Participants, who will meet at Michaela Farm at 7:30 a.m., will tabulate species and number of birds for use in a national database that helps determine trends in bird populations. Beginners are welcome.

Wittekind will offers “Praying Your Dreams: Finding the God Within” Jan. 11. Dreams are messages from God and lead us into our inner landscape. Using a Jungian approach, attendees will learn about symbols and archetypal themes found in dreams. They also will learn about shadows, both positive and negative aspects, and how projection can help discover them. Come for a retreat with your inner guide.

The Achieving Wholeness and Individuation Retreat with Wittekind and Sherman will be held Jan. 25. Participants will look below life’s surface and see what pieces of our lives need integration. As we move along the process of individuation (self-development), we will find peace and love from our relationship with God and who we are called to be. This retreat will work through some of the themes presented in “The Red Book” by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung.

Sunday morning Coffee Talks at 10:45 a.m. are also held once a month. The Nov. 17 topic is “Praying with St. John’s Bible” presented by Sister Jean Marie Cleveland, OSF. This Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated one since the invention of the printing press. Master calligrapher Donald Jackson was officially commissioned in 1998 to begin the project, which was completed in 2011. Come and learn how this Bible was created and see the beautiful images. Sister Bernice Stenger, OSF, will explore “Praying with Aging” Dec. 15. Attendees will remember and appreciate their faith journeys and celebrate aging and God during this Advent season. The new Coffee Talk Series on “Traditions of Spirituality” begins Jan 26. Sister Norma Rocklage will discuss “Dominican Spirituality.”

Do you need a space to rent for your church retreat or business? The center offers day retreats for up to 60 people. Weekend retreats, directed or private, are available throughout the year. The center also offers counseling and spiritual direction.

For more information about any of the above programs and/or services or to register online for a program, persons may go to www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org, call 812-933-6437 or email center@oldenburgosf.com.

Beverly Wilson is the Oldenburg Franciscan Center marketing manager.

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