"Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good" With Parker J. Palmer and Carrie Newcomer

February 27, 2016

Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good with Parker J. Palmer, Carrie Newcomer and pianist Gary Walters.  A public event will be hosted at St John Lutheran church in Belle Plaine on the afternoon of Saturday, February 27th. That evening, Parker and Carrie will be guests at a private reception at Prairie Oaks.  Parker J. Palmer and Carrie Newcomer, accompanied by Gary Walters, have created an evening concert of songs and spoken words designed to encourage a new kind of political conversation - one that bridges our divides and helps restore civic community. In a time when it is easy to feel overwhelmed, discouraged, or cynical, Palmer and Newcomer offer a journey of mind and spirit characterized by thoughtfulness, good humor, and hope. Palmer is a writer, teacher, and activist whose work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. His books include A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and most recently, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. He is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. Newcomer is a Grammy winning songwriter, recording artist, performer, author and educator. She has 16 national recording releases on the Concord/Rounder Records. In 2014 Available Light Records released A Permeable Life. She has been a cultural ambassador to India in 2019 & 2011, toured extensively in the USA, Europe, India, Africa, The Middle East.  Recent appearances include PBS Religion and Ethics and the National Award Winning Krista Tippett's On Being. Gary Walters is a pianist, educator, arranger and recording artists. He has two nationally released recordings, Moments in Time, The Icarus Ensemble.  Gary has also performed with many national recording artists and broadway touring companys  This concert program is open to the public. 

This very special event is open to the public, with donations going to support programming, scholarships, and facilities of Prairie Oaks Institute (www.prairieoaksinstitute.org).  POI's vision is to be a catalyst of rejuvenation for people and the planet, and our mission is to cultivate ways of living and leading that affirm the interdependence of all living things and connect self, spirit, community and earth for a resilient, renewed future.  POI’s programming is focused in three areas ecological resilience and sustainability, retreat and renewal, and education and leadership development for the common good.

Located on a 20-acre farm campus in Belle Plaine, Minnesota - just 30 minutes from the Twin Cities - POI offers meeting space and overnight lodging for up to 24 guests in the farm's two homes:  Harvest House and the Farmhouse. Visitors to POI also have access to the rolling, wooded acres of the adjacent Devine family farm, including a meditation labyrinth in the prairie and The Granary, a three-season recreational enclave overlooking Robert Creek.

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