The Art of Mindfulness

MINDFULNESS, n. Attention; regard; heedfulness.
                            -Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary 

We began the LER talking about how mindful Miss Mason was- how her attention to children and what is true about education has continued to benefit the children in our care, over 100 years after she penned her tomes.  

Fittingly, we ended with this verse:

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake . . . The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us. . ." Psalm 115:1, 12 (KJV)

Please enjoy these photos from our rich time together.  Maybe we'll see you next year?

Laurie Bestvater, our featured speaker!

Amy (from Peru!) and Richele (from Massachusetts!)

Forms of vitality and other pieces.

Come on in...
This is me, chatting about the paradigm.
Jan, Mandy, Melanie and Tom - sitting in the back pew row.
mothers with daughters
What does it mean to be fully alive?
The joy of making new friends was evident everywhere.

 husbands and wives

welcome sign

Heidi's creativity
restful location on the prairie
Morning worship with Annie.  Breathtaking.


  1. Nancy, this looks like such a great retreat. Admiring from afar.

  2. Just stolen a photo. So wish I'd been there with you all...

    (Hope that's okay??)

  3. Thank you for posting! I really enjoyed "seeing" you guys, at least online. Maybe next year I will get to come.


  4. Nancy, you bless us all with your tireless work. Thank you (and the planning committee) so much for the wonderful retreat.

  5. What a rich harvest of ideas out on the prairie. You inspire all of us with your diligent labors to provide living education to many. I want to be like you when I grow up!

  6. That picture looked like Amy... I saw it at Jeanne's... IT IS AMY! Good for you, girl, you got to go.
    Like Jenny says, admiring from afar.


  7. Came here from Jeanne's Peaceful Day....looks like a fabulous retreat.

  8. I see so many familar faces! It reminds me of Mitford! Wish I could have been there.
    It makes me smile and think of My Antonia by Willa Cather. She wrote about sunflowers being strewn along the path west, so settlers would know the way: " They made a gold ribbon across the prairie." I'm sure there were sunflowers shining their faces up along the way!

    "As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of winestains, of certain seaweeds, when they are first washed up. And there's so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow , to be running."

  9. It looks like it was absolutely lovely.

    When is next year's, and when can we sign up? I *hope* to make it (from D.C.), as I'm from MN and would love to learn from and connect with you all.