News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 25, 2013

Get in touch with prayer at Body Prayer workshop


Special to the Tribune-Star

ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS — Could your prayer life use some invigorating? If so, the Body Prayer workshop offered by White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, may be for you.

The June 7-9 weekend-long retreat explores employing the five senses as a means of prayer: from breathing, to visual beauty, to listening, to using body movement as a way to pray and meditate.

Participants will have opportunity to draw from the prayer techniques of a variety of cultures and traditions, including working with Tai Chi and Chi Gong.

Sister Paul Bernadette Bounk, who will lead the program, invites people to come with an open attitude and ready to embark on a personal experience of prayer.

“I hope participants take away an understanding that prayer is not all verbal, that prayer can be as simple as walking down a beautiful street and being grateful. We work on finding the divine in the ordinary,” she said. “I’m just excited about doing it. I enjoy helping people reach another level of prayer.”

That includes helping people realize that they may have been praying all along and didn’t even realize it because they had a narrow understanding of how to pray, Bounk said.

The event, open to adults of all ages, begins at noon on June 7 and ends at 11 a.m. on June 9. Cost is $250 for residents and $150 for commuters. Availability is limited to 12.

To register or for more information visit www.whiteviolet.org or contact Robyn Morton at rmorton@

spsmw.org or at 812-535-2932.