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The bookstore features a variety of books on contemporary spirituality by such authors as Paula D’Arcy, Joyce Rupp, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Pema Chodron, and James Martin

Hand-crafted jewelry and weavings from S. Kathleen, turned wooden bowls from Jerry Rupp, and Earth Prayer beads from the Sisters of Green Mountain Monastery make unique gifts.  CD music encompasses instrumental, chants, Native American flute and drum music, music for relaxation and music from artists ranging from Marty Haugen and Dan Schutte to Peter Mayer and Sara Thomsen.

 Siena Retreat Center’s international selections include Holy Land Stone keepsakes from Jerusalem, millefiori necklaces from Italy, and singing bowls from Nepal.  Siena also offers fair trade items such as chocolate and woven and beaded articles from Mayaworks.

Special Sale: 50% off all Acadian candles and all Brush Dance calendars

We want to express how appreciative we are of those of you who purchase items in the Siena Retreat Center bookstore.   You purchase helps to support our programming.  If you still read “real” books but can’t make it to Siena, we  encourage you to visit your local brick-and-mortar bookstore.

New in the bookstore- Ornaments by Orphans. The ornaments are sourced from artisans ethically, giving their families and communities opportunity to thrive.  Proceeds go to causes tht educate vulnerable children and support at-risk families.

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown.  If you know anyone who is a leader or who should be a leader, this book would be an excellent choice.  With recommendations from the president of Pixar and Disney Animation, a Brigadier General in the US Air Force, the founder of the Me Too movement, this book is definitely praise-worthy.

Anchors for the Soul by Joyce Rupp. If you have ever attended one of Joyce’s retreats or presentations, you might join me in wishing you could have a phone call from Joyce every day that would calm, motivate and/or inspire you.  Anchors for the Soul is the next best thing- providing an excerpt from one of Joyce’s wonderful books for each day of the year.  A great gift for a friend (or for yourself).

A Cry Is Heard: My Path to Peace by Jean Vanier. Renowned philosopher, writer and humanist Jean Vanier has been a progressive advocate for marginalized people in society for over five decades.  He was awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize for his innovative understanding of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and humane society. In these times, where we see dissent and violence all around, Vanier reaches out with a book that is inspiring and offers a path to unity and peace.

Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and Friends. One day at prayer, Pope Francis was inspired to share the wisdom of elders.  This book relates the stories from elders across over 30 countries. One elder, Bernard Njagi Mugwetwa, a basket weaver in Kenya, shares his wisdom, “I am blind, but the eyes of my soul see the beauty around me.” The elders highlighted in this book share wisdom, beauty and humor. As a coffee-table size book with lots of gorgeous color photos, it’s a “good deal” at $30.

If you are looking for a unique artistic creation as a gift, here are some options.

- A singing bowl; we just received a new shipment from Nepal.  Each bowl comes with a cushion and striker.

- S. Kathleen's weavings and jewelry. S Kathleen Bohn, OP, helped found and lives at the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center.

- innerSpirit Rattles, fired clay rattle crafted in Alpine, TX by J Davis Studios. The artists suggest “Use your innerSpirit Rattle to rattle your worries away, or just to keep your papers from blowing astray. Raku and earthenware designs, each with their own meaningful story.”

- Hand-turned wooden bowls by Jerry Rupp, LaFayette, IL.  Jerry is the brother of author and retreat leader Joyce Rupp.  A special poem of Joyce's comes with each bowl.

- Hearthkeeper ceramic sculptures by S. Kathryn Knoll, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and Director of the Sophia Center, Newport, OR.  S. Kathryn’s creations “seek to inspire, encourage and celebrate all this is good about our earthly sojourn and our search for meaning and insight into the mysteries of life.”

These artists create not only with great talent and expertise but also with great heart and spirit.

For more information, call 262-898-2590 or e-mail retreats@racinedominicans.org


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