P3 Art Show

Arlene Ashack, IBVM
Pat Irr, OSF
Karen Kuchar
del Rey Waite, IBVM

PAINTING               Arlene Ashack, IBVM
POETRY                 Karen Kuchar
                              del Rey Waite, IBVM

Runs through mid-May, 2015

Loretto Center, 1600 Somerset Ln, Wheaton, IL 60189

Contact Loretto Center, 630-653-7918

March 22, 2015

3:00 to 5 pm


Arlene Ashack, IBVM

As Rumi, the 16th century poet says, "There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground."  One way is through art, which leads us to a new way of seeing. The Open Studio is an offering of time and space to come together and share the energy of other artists, whether writers, poets, sculptors, painters. No formal teaching is offered; no requirements are given. Just come and "do your thing" in the atmosphere of an art studio and in the company of kindred souls.
Bring your own materials.

Contact Loretto Center, 630-653-7918

beginning April 9, 2015

2:00 to 4:00 pm

$10 each session
Faith Forward 2015

Jean Rosen

What will our faith journeys be like in this 2015 Ordinary Time?
Come join Jean Rosen and a small morning group for an experiential journey which will touch down briefly on our early faith and learn about taking some mature footsteps toward God. Art, music, poetry and quiet time will be included.
Please bring a morning snack.
Limit 9

To register, contact Loretto Center, 630-653-7918

April 18, 2015

9:15 am to 12:30 pm

Zen Doodling

Arlene Ashack, IBVM

As part of our ongoing “Art as Prayer” series consider Zen Doodling as a type of prayer, as a form of meditation. At some time in our lives we’ve all doodled. It is a mindless way of distracting ourselves and usually done without thought while focused on something else.

Zen doodles however, are doodles mindfully approached. Done in a focused way they help center us, open us to our creative self, and attune us to the divine Creator. So many people say “I can’t sit still long enough to meditate.” Zen doodles offer an answer to such a dilemma.

No talent needed! Just come and allow yourself to be surprised…. and bring a black pen (or a set of colored pens) and an unlined notepad.

To register, contact Loretto Center, 630-653-7918

April 22, 2015
May 6 and May 20

10:00 to 11:30 am

$10 per session
Sign up for one or all of the sessions
Chicago Tai Chi

Greg Kozeny

Chicago Tai Chi curriculum focuses on Yang style Tai Chi from the Chen Man-Ching lineage and Water Boxing (Dr. Tao Ping Siang). Workshops cover Form practice (for health), Self-defense, Push Hands, Tui Shou, and Tai Chi Sword. Our workshops feature world renowned Grandmasters such as William C.C. Chen and Sifu Nathan Menaged.

Contact: Greg Kozeny, ph: 630-752-9656 or email:

May 2 & 3
May 16
August 29
Sept. 19
Dec. 5 & 6

9:30 am to 5 pm

1-day Workshops

2-day Workshops

Wisdom Writing Circle

Karen Kuchar

Writing opens windows into our inner life. Writing can keep us centered, help us discover new aspects of ourselves and new perspectives on our lives. When we join as a community of women who write, we discover ourselves and share our discoveries in a safe circle. . . "We only need to be willing to learn who we are and what the depth of our soul truly wants and needs to express. While sharing our writing, we learn to trust the process and thereby trust ourselves." Peggy Tabor Millin, Women, Writing and Soul-Making
The circles will meet in sessions of four weeks. Each meeting will include a time to write, share and an opportunity for the group to respond.

Contact Loretto Center at 630-653-7918

April 9
April 16
April 23

7:00 - 8:30 pm

$15 per session
(Cash or check only, please)
Prayer by Other Names

Patti Essig (Yoga Energy)
Karen Kuchar (poet)
Arlene Ashack, IBVM (artist)

An opportunity to express your soul through movement, art, writing. Focusing on creation, this day will be experiential, allowing you to listen to and celebrate nature in its diversity.

No special movement, art, writing skills required.

"God cannot be seen, cannot be looked at, cannot be objectified; God can only be coincided with."                                    -Beatrice Bruteau

Contact: Loretto Center, 630-653-7918

June 11, 2015

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

$50 including lunch
Yoga Outdoors

Patti Essig

Take your Yoga practice outdoors and be inspired by the beauty of nature. Yoga benefits people of all ages, it relaxes the body and calms the mind, reduces stress and creates more energy. The sequence taught is a blend of breathing techniques, (pranayamas) simple stretches, and gentle yoga postures, enabling the body to release deep layers of tension and inviting connection of body, mind, spirit.
Patti Essig will teach the classes. She is a certified second-level Amrit Yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance, and has been teaching yoga and presenting wellness workshops in the Chicagoland area for over 10 years. Visit for more information!
Bring you own mat and whatever you need for comfort. Classes will be held indoors at Loretto if it is raining.

Contact: Loretto Center, 630-653-7918

July 4 to August 29

9 to 10:15 am

Individual classes
$15 each
Six for $72
Eight for $96
Ten for $120

Register and Pay in advance by cash or check for the number of sessions desired.

The Fundamentals of Brennan Healing Science

Ada Robinson

A Weekend Workshop That Can Change Your Life. Learn healing techniques for yourself and others. Strengthen your internal support system (hara) through grounding and centering exercises. Access your inner knowing and ability to connect with spiritual guidance. Change your World by consciously working with universal energy. Presented by Barbara Brennan School of Healing; Faculty member, Ada Robinson.

To register or for more information, call Ada Robinson at 269-781-3010 or e-mail at

August 21-23, 2015 Call or email for details
Potter's Healing Hands

Massage Therapist:
Leslie Dorn, LMT, BCTMB

Welcome to “Potter's Healing Hands” and Leslie Dorn

Leslie is new to Loretto Center. The mission of Potter’s Healing Hands Massage Therapy is to enhance the wellness of massage clients by providing relaxation, stress management, and soft tissue injury rehabilitation through therapeutic massage.

About Leslie

Leslie’s background is in the Fine Arts. She is a Studio Potter. For her, working with clay and working with the body’s musculature are one and the same. Whether you are throwing a pot on a wheel or standing upright you are ultimately finding balance between the external and internal forces of a body. In Pottery, when there is balance the pot stands upright. With the human body, when there is balance your body can heal and you may even feel ease of movement. Leslie loves working with her hands and believes that there is healing through massage therapy. So now her journey has taken her from that of a Studio Potter, to that of a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)

Call Loretto Center for Appointments: 630-653-7918

60 minutes: $70
30 minutes: $40
Less than 30 minutes:
Loretto Center's Cosmic Walk & Labyrinth
The Cosmic Walk tells the story of the Universe through a meditative walk in the orchard on the grounds of Loretto Center. The walk includes 9 stations, each revealing part of the Universe story. Cosmic Walk

Walk the Labyrinth outdoors among beautiful acreage at Loretto Center in Wheaton. The slow movement and meditative tone of walking the labyrinth helps to quiet the restless mind, often bringing clarity, inner peace and revelation.

Always open
Weather permitting
No Cost
Christmas Quiet:
A Day of Silence for a Season of Peace

Maisie Sparks

This day of silent reflection offers us the opportunity to enter the Christmas season with a greater sense of peace and joy by reminding us that Christ's Presence in our lives is our most desired gift. Devotional and scriptural readings along with music of the season will proceed periods of quiet meditation. You are encouraged to bring your journal or a notebook to capture insights from your times of reflection. Maisie Sparks, a spiritual director, facilitates this annual Advent offering.

Registration is required. Registration forms can be obtained by e-mailing or by calling 630-728-2522.

December 5, 2015 $45, lunch included.

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