Friends of Wisdom Prairie Annual Meeting & Dinner Lecture

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Join the Friends of Wisdom Prairie at their final event of the year, the annual meeting and dinner lecture. All Hands on Deck: Monarch Conservation, Citizen Scientists and the Value of Data Learn about the importance of monarch butterfly conservation from expert Karen Oberhauser. Karen is the director of the UW-Madison Arboretum and former professor in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology department at the University of Minnesota. In 2013, she was named a Champion of Change for Citizen Science by the White House. She has been director for the Monarchs in the Classroom Program, president of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation and …

Holy Wisdom Monastery to Restore Lost Landscape

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  This November Holy Wisdom Monastery will begin restoring 30 acres of its land to oak savanna, considered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to be Wisconsin’s rarest plant community. Oak savanna is characterized by widely spaced oak trees (between 10-50% tree canopy) with primarily grasses covering the ground. Before European settlement it was one of the most common plant communities in Wisconsin but now only a fraction remains. “Before Europeans arrived, oak savanna was more common than forest or prairie in southern Wisconsin,” explained Holy Wisdom Monastery’s Director of Land Management and Environmental Education, Greg Armstrong. After European …

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Holiday Fair and Angel Tea

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Holiday Fair   Visit our beautiful Benedictine monastery, experience warm hospitality and purchase wonderful and unique holiday gifts at very reasonable prices! Christmas ornaments and decorations Jewelry and crafts Beautiful collectibles and custom artwork Bake Sale  Purchase delectable goodies just in time for your holiday gatherings. Angel Tea In the tradition of an English tea, enjoy tea sandwiches, homemade treats, hot tea, hot chocolate or hot cider. Fun for all ages—bring the children and grandchildren! Special teapot or angel souvenirs for everyone Registration closed because all seatings are full! $15/adult; $6/child (10 and under with adult) Seating times (seatings closed when …

Benedictine Sisters win international Assisi Award for conservation efforts spanning more than 60 years

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The Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery received the inaugural Assisi Award for faith-based conservation at the 28th International Congress of Conservation Biology’s Opening Ceremony on July 23, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia in front of nearly 1,500 attendees. The Assisi Award acknowledges organizations and individuals whose work demonstrates that faith-based conservation is contributing significantly to the common global effort of conserving life on Earth. Sisters Mary David Walgenbach and Joanne Kollasch accepted the award on behalf of their religious community located near Madison, Wisconsin. Their community is the first ecumenical Benedictine community in North America where Catholic and Protestant women …

Luncheon lecture

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The Glacial Geology of the Town of Westport and Surrounding Area Enjoy lunch at the monastery and learn about how the shape and substance of the land came about. Emeritus Professor of Geology and expert glacial geologist David Mickelson will share with us the very interesting and complex history of our area. Cost $35   Registration Register by July 27, 2017. Registration closed.

A Contemplative Visit to the Deer Park Buddhist Center

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The Spiritual Deepening Council of Holy Wisdom Monastery is delighted to announce a special visit to the Deer Park Buddhist Center in Oregon, WI on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Our day will include a tour of the Center and its grounds; two 90-minute interactive presentations on core Tibetan Buddhist teachings and practices by the Center’s two resident Geshes or esteemed scholars; and a lunch. Our host for the day, Chöwng, describes the goal of such visits: We understand most visitors are coming from a non-Buddhist background. The goal of these visits is to provide a general introduction into Buddhist thoughts, …

Bonfire and nature walk for kids of all ages

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Walk on the Monastery Trails with Greg Armstrong, director of land management and environmental education at Holy Wisdom Monastery, on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Learn about the prairie and our beautiful monastery grounds. After the walk, meet at the patio outside the dining room for a bonfire, marshmallow roast and sing-along. Bring flashlights, blankets and lawn chairs. RSVP by April 25, 2017 to Joyce Wodka at Kids of all ages welcome!

Evening tour

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Join the Friends of Wisdom Prairie for an evening tour in the early spring. It will provide the opportunity to see the emergence of vegetation, budding out of the trees, some early spring flowering prairie plants and migrating birds. With some luck, we might get to see the woodcock doing its mating dance. All in the enchanting light of dusk. Sylvia Marek, naturalist and Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council member and Greg Armstrong, director of land management and environmental education at Holy Wisdom Monastery will lead the tour. All are welcome, so bring your friends!   Photo of female red-winged …

The College of St. Scholastica Concert Choir and Bella Voce performance

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The College of St. Scholastica Concert Choir and Bella Voce will be performing music from a variety of genres from the Renaissance through today, featuring music to be selected from Hildegard von Bingen, Hassler, Runestad, Stroope, Gjeilo, and more. The Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed choir of 50 students and Bella Voce is a select treble voice choir of 40 students, where many students perform in both ensembles. The choirs are two of the five vocal ensembles featured at the college, where they perform regularly on and off campus throughout the year. The choirs tour regionally and internationally and …

A Lenten Retreat focusing on the Passion of Christ

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Sisters Rosy Kandathil and Lynne Smith will lead this retreat at The Upper House in downtown Madison as an outreach to students and others on the campus. The retreat is open to people beyond the campus and there is no cost. The retreat will provide a window into the Rule of Benedict in preparation for Easter, with a particular focus on personal preparation and the Passion of Christ. Register now or learn more.