First Saturdays

5-6:30pm Jungian Gathering & Dinner

Picnic! Poems! Dreams! Discussion! Arts and crafts!

Join us the first Saturday of each month beginning October 2021 for an informal get-together for lovers of Carl Jung. We will share creations, art, and dreams, and can also discuss recent episodes of the podcast: This Jungian Life. Hallie will bring a playful activity of some sort as well, whose intention is to help us access the unconscious (ie drawing mandalas, collaging, a thought experiment or writing activity, etc.)

Bring: A poem to share aloud, a dream to share, songs, art, or anything else you're drawn to share.

Cost: Free to attend; donations always accepted

How to Register: Not required

6:30-9pm Drum in the Woods

Come celebrate nature with drumming and dancing around a fire at our beautiful Spriitual Renewal Center. Our monthly drum circle is led by resident Adam Lau. Drummers, dancers, hoopers, spectators; all are welcome. Let's rhythm!

Bring: BYO instruments and chairs

Cost: St. Francis of the Woods is a nonprofit organization and donations are always accepted.

How to Register: Not required. All ages welcome, but this is an adult-centered event; children must remain with a parent or guardian at all times.

Seed Swap and Seed Starting Workshop

Sunday, February 13th, 2:30-4:30pm

Help us start seeds for our garden and learn 3 different methods for seed starting in the process - seed trays, paper pots, and reusing toilet paper rolls. We'll also do a seed swap at the beginning of the event, so bring seeds to exchange with friends! 

"Music in the Meadow" Outdoor Concert Series

Join us for a a family-friendly, outdoor concert series with local musicians performing live in our beautiful Little Flower Meadow overlooking the pond.​ Each monthly show is $10 per car (bikes free). Food available for purchase at local food trucks. Ticket sales will go live on this page soon. Local businesses interested in making a donation to help fund one or more shows can contact Justin@StFrancisoftheWoods.org for information on sponsorship.

Friday, October 29th - Beau Jennings & the Tigers with Justin Rice opening

Friday, November 19th - LABRYS

Additional dates & performers TBA!

Martinmas Holiday Bazaar & Lantern Walk

Join us for this holiday traditionally celebrated in Germany and some other European countries. This feast day is marked by a lantern-lit procession remembering St. Martin the Merciful, whose kindness to those in need inspires us to bring warmth into the harsh and hurting places in our world. We will celebrate with a holiday bazaar including gift-making and other workshops, local handcraft holiday shopping, and concluding with a family-friendly lantern-lit walk through the woods! No admission fee, but please bring a new (handmade or purchased) hat, gloves, socks, or a new or gently used coat for donation to a local shelter.

When? Satuday, November 13, 1-7pm

Cost: Event is FREE with donation to coat/hat/mitten/sock drive; see workshop listings to enroll in classes with a suggested donation 

How to Register: Registration is only required for some workshops; visit the event page for those details

Host a Class, Workshop, or Event

Would you like to facilitate a class or workshop at one of our annual events (Earthing Day in April, Wildflower Festival in June, or Martinmas in November)? Please apply by filling out this form.

Would you like to host a class, retreat, or other event of your own using our lodging or meeting spaces? E-mail info@stfrancisofthewoods.org to inquire about pricing and scheduling availability. 

Spring Planting Day + Vernal Equinox Celebration

Sunday, March 20th, 10:45am-8pm

Come help us plant flowers, foods, and trees in honor of the Vernal Equinox (first day of Spring)! Afterwards, you're invited to visit the chapel to see the sunset lining up with the stained glass (which it does just twice a year)! Please wear a mask for indoor activities.

Schedule:

10:45am-noon St. Gregory Palamas Sunday in St. Francis Chapel

12-2 Potluck Picnic outside Kay Adair Community Center

2-5 Spring Planting Hildegarden

5pm Dinner for Planting Helpers outside Kay Adair Community Center

6:30-7 Sunset Vespers in St. Francis Chapel

7-8 Women+ of the Woods Walk & Collage Craft meet at library parking lot

Bring: Garden gloves if you want to use them

Cost: Free!! Cash donation, clay or ceramic pots for the garden, garden gloves, or anything off our donation wishlist is always welcome!

Earthing Day (workshops & celebration)

Saturday, April 16th, 9:30am - 10pm

Join us for our Second Annual Earthing Day celebration! We're hosting a variety of earth-connected workshops, grounding activities, and other celebrations of Spring and Earth Day. See more on the Earthing Day event page here.

Bring: Garden gloves if you want to use them

Cost: Event is free; attendance to many of the activities is FREE with the donation of any new travel toiletry product (shampoo, toothpaste, any size deodorant or toothbrush) for the Wings of Hope shelter in Stillwater. See the full schedule and register for workshops here.

Sponsor a Bunny

 

Aren't they adorable!? Rabbits are an integral part of our regenerative gardening practices, as well as friendly ambassadors as we introduce children and youth to animal care and holistic garden management. Your $25/month recurring donation set up at the link below will sponsor one of our rabbits' food, housing, and vet costs... and entitle you to bunny visits in the garden!

garden rabbit

Collaborative Community Collage*

Stop by any time during the festival to contribute to the collaborative collage for St. Francis. Feel welcome to cut from magazines I’ll have available, or bring mags or clippings from home. We’ll do this as a mixed media piece so anything that can be glued to canvas will work! (Think string, leaves, a fortune cookie fortune, a photo cutout, homemade paper, thin scrap of fabric, use your imagination, the sky’s the limit!) This offering is open to all ages, adults welcome and encouraged to play. The final piece will be donated to St. Francis or offered up in the auction, to be decided day of.

Can’t wait to see you all there.

9am-6pm in the Vendor Market by Jackrabbit Spiritual's tarot reading booth

Flora BodegaLeathers by LoryVillage Wolf StudiosSage & Elm ApothecaryThe Burning Okie

Circleculture FarmPrairiebourne BotanicalsBob's BerriesSunny Girl SundriesSterling Williams Collage

WoodEye FarmGrace of the Plains LeatherJoy AndrewsDugout Creek DexterityBright Circle Herbcraft LLC

Phillip McGee PhotographyMoonflower by MahinaRoserock ApothecaryFireside Craft Studios, 

Brooklin's gluten-free treats, Jonah's Gourmet Limeades, Heavenly Crystal Creations, Inga & Chelsea 

9am @ Chapel Grove

 Pranayama Yoga (Breathing Yoga) with Vandana Jaiswal 

1hour 30 mins | $25 | email vandanajaiswal1979@gmail.com to register

* Empty Stomach is recommended

Yoga•Mudras•Ayurveda

•Prana means cosmic and universal life force which is responsible for keeping us 'alive'.

•Ayama has two meanings to expand/ stretch/ and to control/restrain. Breath is a gross manifestation of this prana. So, the word pranayama means the ability to expand or stretch our life force (prana) by controlling the breath.

•Pranayama are yogic breathing exercises that have the ability to quickly increase our energy, 

release stress, improve our mental clarity, and improve our physical health”.

•Pranayama is for everyone.
 

9:30am @ St. Francis House Lawn

The Eight Brocades of Qigong with St. Francis Resident, Adam Lau 

30 minutes | $10-20 suggested donation | Pay here (**Specify "Qi Gong" in comments) to register. 

Starting with learning how to stand and understanding the breath and movements, a brief history of 

Qigong then beginning practice. Eight-Section Brocade, Eight Silken Movements or Eight Silk Weaving, the name of the form generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality to the body and its energ Qigong, breath and body, Qi, life energy, energy flow, 8 Brocades.

 

10am to 5pm @ Arboretum

Chair Massage and CranioSacral with Horizon Lightheart LMT from CoreCultivations Body Therapy Works

15 minute sessions | 15 minute sessions for $20 | Walk-up & same-day scheduling. Cash & Apply Pay accepted.

Relax in a clean and comfortable chair under a shady tree. Enjoy an uplifting Massage and CranioSacral session from 

an experienced and vibrant practitioner. I would love to ease your pains and refresh your spirit.

 

10am @ St. Francis House Lawn

Tai Chi with Haridas Heitz 

1 hour | suggested donation $20 | email haridasheitz20@gmail.com to register

An introduction to the practice of Tai Chi, utilizing warm-ups, qigong and 

practice of some movements from the Tai Chi Form (Yang Short Form).

10am @ The Arboretum Sound Garden

Kids' Jamboree & Parade with local musicians 

1 hour | FREE | drop-in // no registration required

Bring your kids (and optional kazoos, egg shakers, and other sound-makers) to the Arboretum for a party around the trees! We'll make music, dance together, and end in a parade around the Sound Garden.

 

10:30am @ Learning Center

Unconscious Collage Art with Hallie McGrath from Jackrabbit Spiritual

1 hour | $15 | Text 405-820-9981 to register

Connecting to our unconscious with collage. We’ll play some music and do simple cut and paste collages 

with magazines. I’ll help you make connections around the symbolism and imagery in your artwork, and 

we can share and discuss after, if time affords and there is interest.
Follow Jackrabbit Spiritual on Instagram

 

11am @ Chapel Grove

Grounding + Growing Movement Arts Practice with Erin King from The Balanced Kinesphere

45 minutes  | Suggested offering $10-15 | email thebalancedkinesphere@gmail.com to register
Explore movement through a lively interplay of inner connectivity and outer expressivity (grounding + growing) in 

this all-levels practice. Experience connection by yielding into the Earth and feeling matched by its support.
*Please bring a yoga mat and a block if you have one.
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11:30am @ The Hildegarden

Storytime with children's librarian Mr. Daniel

30 minutes | Free 

Come enjoy an interactive storytime by the garden!

 

12pm @ Chapel Deck

Making Prayer Beads: a History through Different Religions with Tim Bodenstein from Hesed Yoga

1.5 hours | $25 | email hesedyoga@yahoo.com to register

We will go through a brief history of prayer beads in different religions and end talking about using them in the Christian faith.  Participants will also make a set to take with them along with instructions on how to use them. 

Find Hesed Yoga on Facebook

1pm @ Chapel Grove

Embodied Therapy for Life Change with Sarah Bustamante from SoulFly Therapy

2 hours | $60 | Space is limited! To register, send payment via Paypal to @SoulFlyTherapy. 

Please specify in the message field first and last names of those whom you are registering.

Experience the group "Navigating Change" using the proven-effective Phoenix Rising Method in this abbreviated, 

yet potent sample of the full 9-week series for mindfully moving through significant life changes. 

Through embodied movement, open-ended self-inquiry, journaling, dyads, and group sharing, 

you'll take the first steps to connecting more intimately with the wisdom of your body 

in order to live in alignment with your truest, most authentic self.

*Please bring a hydrating beverage, journal, yoga mat, and a cushion or blankets to use on the ground.

1pm @ St. Francis House Lawn

Tai Chi with Haridas Heitz 

1 hour | suggested donation $20 | email haridasheitz20@gmail.com to register

An introduction to the practice of Tai Chi, utilizing warm-ups, qigong and 

practice of some movements from the Tai Chi Form (Yang Short Form).

 

1:30pm @ The Hildegarden

Storytime with children's librarian Mr. Daniel

30 minutes | Free 

Come enjoy an interactive storytime by the garden!

 

2pm @ Learning Center

Safety with Herbs with Joan Cowden from Bright Circle Herbcraft LLC

1 hour | $10.00 | Pay here

As people transition to using herbs for health, they often have valid concerns about the safety of herbal products.  

Clinical Herbalist Joan Cowden will share the primary principles to consider when electing to include herbs in 

your health regimen. She will touch on appropriate uses of several types of herbs including adaptogens; 

herbs and pregnancy; and a common herb that can interact with some pharmaceutical drugs.

Find Bright Circle Herbcraft on Facebook

 

3:30pm @ St. Francis House Lawn

The Eight Brocades of Qigong with St. Francis Resident, Adam Lau 

30 minutes | Suggested donation $10-20 | Pay here (**Specify "Qi Gong" in comments)

Starting with learning how to stand and understanding the breathing and movements, a brief history of Qigong then beginning practice.  Qigong, breath and body, Qi, life energy, energy flow, 8 Brocades.

 

4pm @ Chapel Grove

Merkaba Activation Meditation with Sabrina Wright from The Wright Aesthetics

1 hour | $10-20 suggested donation | Email smwright2006@gmail.com + Pay here (**Specify "Merkaba Meditation" in comments)
Merkaba activation meditation will take us to the realm between this world and the next. Come get lost with me 

for an hour while I send you reiki energy healing and take you into the Merkaba! Mer, which means light, Ka, 

which means spirit and Ba, which means Body. Put together, these three words connote the union of spirit with 

the body, surrounded by light. The symbol, which takes the shape of a star, is believed to be a divine vehicle made 

entirely of light and designed to transport or connect the spirit and body to higher realms.

*Please bring a yoga mat, meditation pillow, journal, and any crystals you connect with.

 

4:45pm @ Prairie Labyrinth

Prairie Labyrinth Wildcrafting Walk with +Aidan, executive director & bishop of the prairie

1.5 hours | $15-20 suggested donation | | Pay here (**Specify "Wildcrafting walk" in comments)

Labyrinths have been in use since at least 400 BCE. They are a mystical winding path representative of the spiritual journey. Join Fr. Aidan on this contemplative nature noticing wildcrafting walk. We'll walk our 5 circuit prairie labyrinth, identifying medicinal or edible plants, connecting to our senses, and connecting with our spirits through poetry and contemplation. The walk will be at a slow pace and will take approximately 1.5 hours.

6pm @ Chapel Deck

Mantra Chanting with Haridas Heitz

1 hour | Free | Email haridasheitz20@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

An introduction to the Hindu form of chanting known as kirtan (call and response chanting of mantras). We will do 

some chanting utilizing the music of Krishna Das as well as some mantra repetition without music (known as japa).

 

7pm @ The Hildegarden

Ladybug Storytime + Release with Lori Ann & Katherine from St. Francis' Prairiewood Forest School

30 minutes | Free 

Come enjoy an interactive storytime with Prairiewood Forest School nature mentors Lori Ann and Katherine, 

then experience natural garden management by helping us release ladybugs into the garden!

Follow Prairiewood Forest School on Instagram

 

7:30pm @ Fire Ring by the Pond

Fireside Drumming + S'mores with Adam Lau, resident of St. Francis of the Woods 

2+ hours (come-and-go) | Free