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KMSC Calendar

Retreats, Programs and Events

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Have Spirit - Will Travel

Retreats and programs available at your location or ours!

Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center, dedicated to prayer, reflection and retreat work wishes to share its mission beyond the banks of the Platte River where we are located. Our retreat facilitators offer fine programs and reflective opportunities at the location of your choice. View flyer.

Body, Mind, Spirit Yoga


Nature Writing Retreat


Foods, Feasts and Families

September 12 and 26, October 3 and 17, November 7 and 21, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $90 for the session

Yoga for the Total Body is a six-week series of classes that are built around the season, or me of the year. The class will incorporate centering (taking your mind o of the days tasks, worries, or distrac ons), 50 minutes of movements (asana) that are bene cial to the ac vi es commonly performed during the season we are in, a en on to alignment of bones and muscles in the body, and relaxa on/medita on. This series is intended to help the body, mind, and spirit embrace the me of year and take care of the person to produce a lively, compassionate, and clear self! This class is safe for those new to yoga or those with some prior yoga experience.

Facilitator Ginger Rosenthal, 200ERYT, is a registered yoga teacher with over 1,000 hours of teaching experience. Her schooling was received at the Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center. Ginger has owned and operated “The Blue Yoga Studio” in downtown Fremont for 7 years. Her emphasis is on alignment in the body, mind, and spirit. For class details or ques ons you can contact Ginger at

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Tuesday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee:  $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Come and enjoy the beauty and sacredness of Knowles and reconnect with nature through writing.  This retreat day will offer a balance of appreciation and contemplation as we explore the ways nature and spirituality are intricately linked.  Participants will be led in short writing exercises as well as read from a variety of nature essays.  Attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through the surrounding landscape while honing their mindful observation and writing skills.  Writers of all levels and abilities welcome. 

Facilitator Elizabeth Mack - (MA, BFA) has taught Creative Nonfiction Writing and English at UNO, Creighton University, and Metropolitan Community College.  Her nature writings have been published in a variety of regional magazines and literary journals. 
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Wednesday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Fee:  $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

The celebrations and traditions we enjoy define our families and bind the generations.  At this retreat, we gather for a look at some of the celebrations observed in Jesus's day and we will share stories of our own celebrations and traditions.  We will discuss ideas for creating a family cookbook that incorporates both recipes and heritage stories.  Participants will enjoy tasting foods that Jesus might have enjoyed and discover how similar they are to what we eat today.

Facilitator Cheryl Paden has worked as a registered nurse and a local pastor in the Methodist church.  She enjoys teaching Bible studies, speaking and writing.  She has published nonfiction inspirational articles, devotions and a nonfiction book for youth. 
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About Us

KMSC is a retreat center located near the bank of the Platte River just west of Omaha, Nebraska. A ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, we welcome people of diverse faiths and cultural backgrounds to share the comforts of our indoor space and the peaceful, prayerful environment of twenty-five acres of natural woodland beauty surrounding the Center.

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Address: 2304 Campanile Rd,
Waterloo, NE 68069
Phone: 402.359.4288