Classes and Retreats

Autumn 2017: Art and the Spiritual Imagination

Four Events with Judy Nolde and/or Ken Smith

As the seasons change, we are invited by our natural world to listen, learn, and open ourselves to a season yet to come. Art and spiritual reflection help us discern the nature of these seasonal invitations. We will be offering four events this fall; please join us for some time of reflection and spiritual imagination.

Listening to Autumn: What is the invitation? (One Session)
Using meditation and SoulCollage® we will explore this season’s invitation. No art experience is necessary. All supplies are provided, as well as some refreshments. Class is led by Judy Nolde, Deacon – Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, & Chaplain.
Date Friday, September 22, 9:30am-11:00am
Cost $20
Location 1502 Arrowood Drive, Madison (Northside0
Registration Due by September 15th, by contacting Judy at or call 608.245.0218. Space is limited so register early.

Art and Spiritual Imagination (Three Sessions)
The creative expression of our spiritual presence, an ancient culture, and the work of recent artists deepen understanding and imagination. In the first session, we will focus on our spiritual landscape through a SoulCollage® activity. The second session will be a visit to a nearby Effigy Mound site for observation and reflection in this spiritual tradition and our connections with the land. The third session will be a visit to the Chazen Art Museum in Madison followed by coffee and discussion. You can come to one or all of the sessions. Classes are led by both Judy and Ken. (Ken is a retired pastor, and more information about Ken’s event can be found at

Dates Thursday, Oct 5, 6:30-8:00pm, The Center at 1502 Arrowood Dr, Madison(Our spiritual landscape – SoulCollage® creative exploration and discussion)

Saturday, Oct 21, 9:00-11:00am, Autumn Effigies
We’ll do a quick tour of four mounds representing the three tiers of the effigy cosmology in two lakeside parks on both Lake Monona and Lake Mendota on the east isthmus,.  We’ll begin at Hudson Park on Lake Monona at the corner of Maple and Lakeland Avenue at the Henry Whitehorse sculpture, Let the Great Spirit Soar, for introductions and some time with the bear mounds. Then we’ll walk downhill about a quarter of a mile to a panther water spirit, before heading over to Burrow’s Park on Lake Mendota, to reflect on the reconstructed bird mound before refreshments and conversation either at the park or if the weather is bad at Manna Cafe.

Thursday, Nov 2, 6:30-8:00pm, The Chazen Art Museum, Madison
We’ll visit the Chazen as a small group to view several pieces in their collection and reflect on spiritual implications, followed by coffee and conversation.

$10 per person, per event
Registration Register at least one week prior to each event. Email Judy at or call 608.245.0218. Space is limited so register early. If you register and then can’t come, let us know so that others can come.

Note that transportation to events and coffee costs are on your own.

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes. (Etty Hillesum)