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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.

Heart to Heart Weekend Retreat


Nature Writing Retreat


Foods, Feasts and Families

Friday, August 5 at 2 p.m. - Sunday, August 7, at 2 p.m.
OvernightRetreat - Full
Commuter Retreat - (Full retreat opportunity but no overnight stay) $125/person
Friday 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Includes all meals.

This meaningful annual retreat is for Heart to Heart friends who have attended monthly gatherings in the past OR for any woman interested in a quiet weekend away at the Center with time for relational sharing and private reflection. The majority of your time will be for quiet stillness to nurture your own sense of peace, and uncover sacred truths within your heart, combined with brief group moments of truthful inspiration and prayer. Your retreat will conclude with brunch, a closing session and time to prepare your hearts to return home to the life that awaits you. View the Flyer for registration information.

Facilitator Nancy Greenberg is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She holds a degree from Kaplan University and has experience in leader- ship as a retreat facilitator, worship leader, ministry counselor, Bible study teacher and prayer minister. Nancy’s many years of leadership have evolved into helping people be still and hear God.
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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