January – June 2013
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally Grailville is a 350-acre natural treasure that The Grail has cared for, nurtured, and maintained as a sacred resource for the greater Cincinnati community for 68 years. Called by our spiritual values, we at Grailville are thinking globally and taking action locally for the common good. This past September, at the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, we pondered the perils of our planet and realized that the actions we take now are key to building a thriving community that becomes less dependent on fossil fuels and out-sourced goods. In these troubled times of economic instability and increasingly intense weather, we see the need for, and the strength in, building community, supporting our local economies and focusing our creativity on methods of living simply, in harmony with the earth, and in partnership with spirit. We are thinking communally about actions we can take to build a world that is spiritually fulfilling, socially just and environmentally sustainable. As one of the 150 organizations of Green Umbrella – Cincinnati’s Regional Sustainability Alliance, we are exploring the role that Grailville can play in creating a resilient, vibrant community in this region. In this spirit, and building on the work of the founding Grail women, we will begin in 2013 to envision GRAILVILLE 2020. We’ve begun to name some elements we think will be key to a sustainable community in the year 2020 and will be looking for your ideas and participation as we further explore what these may mean for Grailville. Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
Join us in the work of building a sustainable future!
We also invite you to find your spiritual, creative and personal sustenance through our program offerings and by immersing yourself in our natural world. Gather your group or celebrate your event on Grailville’s rural acres, with simple accommodations and freshly prepared healthy food. People tell us that Grailville as a place is conducive to centered, creative work, communal transformation and joyful celebration. We need your prayers, your ideas, your donations and your energy to envision a future large enough to make a difference in transforming our world. Remember Grailville as you plan your year-end giving and look to Grailville as a place to give your time, treasure and talent, ensuring that the sacred space of Grailville is a vital community resource into the future. In gratitude for your continued support,
Imagine Grailville 2020 as: •
A Center of Spiritual Renewal/Education, Training and Transformation for the region.
A major source of Locally Grown Food, including organic production and training.
A model of Green Renovation, including training & consultation.
Powered by Renewable Energy sources that also serve the extended community.
A major player in Community Resilience/ Sustainability Modelling in this region.
Visit Our new website!
Grailville is pleased to introduce our redesigned website with online program registration and gift store. With the guidance and expertise of Cat Creatives, our website designer, and using our new logo created by designer and Grailville neighbor John Robinson, we have collaborated to create what we hope to be an informative and user friendly site. This new website not only offers you a stronger web experience, with the capability to learn more about Grailville, past, present and future, but also allows you to communicate directly with us and for Grailivlle to communicate more directly with YOU. We’d love to hear what you think! New features include:
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Mobile Capability: Designed to be fully mobile capable to be easier to use and navigate from your mobile phone. Cleaner, More Dynamic Home Page: Designed to highlight up-to-date news and events around and about Grailville. Grailville News & Events: Event photo galleries and events categorized by series will make for easier registration. Commenting: You now have the ability to rate and comment on all events, so those who have never attended a Grailville program can hear from our dedicated community about your experiences at Grailville. Grailville Blog: Read weekly updates about what is going on at Grailville, including new partnerships, recent building improvements, exciting programs and on-the-ground happenings at Grailville. Comments are welcome! Easier access to all of Grailville’s Social Media platforms: including Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter. A simple and secure way to donate to Grailville, using PayPal. Staff Biographies and pictures, so you can get to know us better.
Program Guide Global Perspectives
From our experience as a Center of the international women’s movement of The Grail, we are called to understand issues from the perspective of being global citizens. Join us as we strive to build a global community.
NEW! Community Resilience in Action
Impressions of Cuba: Women, Religion & Culture
Saturday, February 2, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday, February 17, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Inspired by the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium and the Transition Movement, people are coming together at Grailville to take local action to increase community resilience in response to global challenges. Working groups which formed at the November 3 follow-up to the Awakening the Dreamer symposium are now meeting around local food, renewable energy/ green building, and interpersonal relationships/communication, . Join us at the next full group gathering on February 2 or contact Bonnie Hendricks at Grailville to connect with a working group.
Grail Member Mary Lu Lageman will offer first-hand impressions of our near neighbor to the south. In the summer of 2012 a small group of Grail members joined other women for a friendly and informative visit to Cuba, made under the auspices of a Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn with longstanding ties to this geographically close, but socio-politically distant country. Mary Lu will share her stories, pictures and learnings about the history, culture, health and education systems of this country, and especially about the amazing women she met who are involved in many aspects of Cuban life and leadership.
Free; registration requested
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A Day of Quiet
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Winter Day of Quiet:
Saturday, January 26
Lenten Day of Quiet (Good Friday):
Friday, March 29
Experience Grailville as a space of quiet prayer and reflection. During this self-directed day, Grailville will provide quiet space and a simple contemplative framework for participants. Grailville is the perfect place to enjoy a day of rest and renewal. While you are here we encourage you to take advantage of our hiking trails, outdoor labyrinth and peaceful environment. $20 (Lunch included) Note: Participants of Mandalas for the New Year may attend our Winter Day of Quiet for $15. (see page 4)
NEW! Journey of the Universe Film Screening: Sunday, January 27, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Discussion Series: Sundays, February 3, 10, 24; March 3, 10, 24; April 7, 14 and 28 4:00 pm –5:00 pm Grailville continues its inquiry into the meeting of science and spirituality with Journey of the Universe, an award -winning documentary by cosmologist Brian Swimme and scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker that considers the human connection to Earth and Cosmos and the 13.7 billion year journey that brought us here. Through their engaging and thoughtful observations we will encounter anew the profound role we play in this intricate web of life. A 9-part study and discussion series follows the film. $5.00 suggested donation for the film. Donations appreciated for other sessions. For the discussion series, participation in all 9 sessions is encouraged but not required.
Sacred Path: A Labyrinth Workshop Saturday, February 9, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Tracy Jo Duckworth of Vital Sensations leads an exploration of Grailville’s indoor Chartres-style labyrinth as a spiritual tool. Join us in Grailville’s Oratory as we use silence, guided meditation, prayer and movement to experience the sacred space of the labyrinth. The circles of the labyrinth can help us to grow closer to the divine. As we walk the sacred circles, we quiet the mind and allow the divine to enter. $25
Since our founding in 1944, Grailville has been a catalyst and a resource for those engaged in spiritual search. In 2013 we offer various programs reflecting the diversity of The Grail’s expression of spirituality.
Experiencing The Grail Saturday, March 9, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Women are invited to spend time at Grailville sharing with and learning from members of the international women’s movement called The Grail. Join us for breakfast, conversation, music, and a multi-media history of The Grail. Participants will deepen their understanding of how The Grail and Grailville manifest our vision of spiritual search, social transformation, ecological sustainability, and the release of women’s creative energy. $10
Coming Together in Spirit & Song: A Women’s Singing Retreat Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Women are invited to a day-long singing retreat led by Theresa Horan-Sapunar, director of the Yellow Springs Threshold Singers. This will be a day of easy songs, chants, and rounds, songs of healing and passage, songs of playfulness and joy, songs celebrating the earth, our own spirit and creativity. Join us for an immersion into discovering and enjoying our voices and our self-expression. Co-sponsored by the Center for Personal and Spiritual Growth. $65 (Lunch included)
NEW! Aroma Yoga Saturday, April 13, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Tracy Jo Duckworth of Vital Sensations, a certified yoga instructor and licensed massage therapist, will enhance your yoga practice and your emotional and spiritual well-being with essential oils. Aroma Yoga combines two ancient modalities: Yoga and Aromatherapy. Essential oils can act as a catalyst during your yoga practice to take you deeper into each posture. Learn how to cleanse, balance and heal your chakras and enjoy deep meditation aided by the use of essential oils. $25
NEW! Weekend of Quiet Saturday, June 8, 10:00 am to Sunday, June 9, 1:00 pm Experience Grailville’s tranquil environment as a place of deep reflection. We all need time and space away from our normal routine for contemplation, renewal and fostering new beginnings. The retreat is primarily self-directed with a simple contemplative framework in which participants can enjoy labyrinth walks, spiritual sharing and other reflective group activities. $110 (Single occupancy; meals included) Optional Friday night stay: $35
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Practice of Poetry Whether you are practicing poet, a beginning writer, or an appreciative reader, Grailville’s Practice of Poetry series offers ways to use poetry as a spiritual and creative practice. The practice of poetry helps us find new meaning in our experiences, and to make room for both inspiration and careful discernment in the decisions that affect our lives.
NEW! Mandalas for a New Year: Meditative Art & Writing Saturday, January 26, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Set your intentions for the New Year through writing and art exploring the wisdom of Mandalas. The word “Mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated it means “circle,” and represents wholeness. The Mandala circle will be decorated, collaged, and explored though journaling and poetry. Led by Grailville’s Amy Tuttle, artist, and Pauletta Hansel, poet and facilitator of Practice of Poetry programs. $25 ($20 for participants of Grailville’s Day of Quiet, See page 3)
Practice of Poetry Workshops for Women The Practice of Poetry explores the parallels between developing our poetic and spiritual gifts. Through practicing poetry we learn to make time for reflection, pay attention to the interaction of our inner lives and the outer world, and assess what to keep and what to let go. This series of workshops for women led by Pauletta Hansel, MFA, focuses on creative writing as a tool to listen deeply to your own heart’s wisdom within a supportive group of others committed to doing the same.
Tuesdays, February 26 – May 7 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm $125 for the bi-weekly series $190 for series plus craft sessions
The Tomcinoh Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation supports Poetry at Grailville
The Abiding Image: Poetry as Self Discovery with Cathy Smith Bowers Full Day Workshop: Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Workshop with Overnight Retreat: Saturday, February 16, 9:00 am to Sunday, February 17 at Noon Poet and beloved workshop facilitator Cathy Smith Bowers returns to Grailville after a three-year absence while she served as Poet Laureate of North Carolina. Beginning and experienced poets are invited to explore the rich sources of creative material that belong to each of us: dreams, family stories and memories both known and unknown to our conscious mind—our ‘abiding images’, as Cathy has named them, are asking something of us. They’re asking us to look beyond the surface to the bigger levels of meaning and metaphor. Come “write into the mystery of your abiding image” and develop new material for poetry, and for your own spiritual learning. Workshop Only: $60 (Includes lunch) Workshop Plus Weekend Retreat: $125 Double occupancy or $150 Single occupancy Optional Friday night stay: $35
NEW! Writing as Healing: with Jeanne Bryner Saturday, April 6, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm This workshop uses writing (poetry, journaling, narrative) and other forms of creative self-expression to explore themes of physical and spiritual healing and thriving. Finding voice for our experiences and feelings enriches our lives and all who surround us. Jeanne Bryner R.N. is an award-winning writer whose poetry has been adapted for the stage and performed in the US and beyond. Jeanne says, “Nursing and writing share the fields of observation and documentation. For more than three decades I’ve been at the bedside tending people who are broken in body or spirit. I have labeled, measured, lifted, and witnessed the body in all its glory and wreckage.” While Writing as Healing was developed through Jeanne’s work with cancer survivors, it is offered at Grailville to any interested in writing and health, whether their own or others’. $45 (Includes lunch) January – June 2013 Page 4
Good Earth, Good Eats + Good Arts Experience the connections between people, the earth and the food we eat in this annual series of programs led by local food producers and artisans.
NEW! The Wonderful World of Wool: A Felting Workshop Saturday, January 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Warm up this January at a fuzzy wool workshop with Susan Gilbert of Heartfelt Handworks. Felt is a cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing wool fibers. Utilizing a felting needle and wool fiber, participants will learn to embellish woolen garments as well as create three-dimensional figures upon a wire armature. No previous felting experience is necessary. Needle-felting is a simple and satisfying technique that offers up endless possibilities for handwork and non-handwork people alike. Participants will work with natural fibers from Susan’s beloved sheep. $35 plus $5 material fee to be paid directly to the instructor
Fresh Loaf: Artisanal Bread Baking for the Beginner
Beekeeping Saturday, April 27, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm This workshop is designed for new or “wanna-bee” keepers and for folks who are intrigued by the life and times of the honeybee. This workshop, led by Mary Lu Lageman, will explore these fascinating creatures, their lifestyle, their historic relations with humans, and what they need to survive and thrive. You will also learn about the necessary tools, information, and hive options for beginning a bee-keeping adventure. Weather permitting, there will be a live hive demonstration. $25
Summer Ale Class Saturday, May 19, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 24 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Learn to make delicious and healthy bread that the whole family will love with Grail member and longtime baker Elizabeth Robinson. Bring your questions and an apron, and take home some yummy bread! $45
NEW! Gardening in a Box
Summer is just around the corner – come learn how to brew your own summer ale using herbs and natural materials. Brewer Christopher Smythe will share the history of brewing and its sacred role in various cultures and celebrations. Experience the entire brewing process - from choosing herbs and recipes to bottling your brew. $35 (Plus a $5 material fee to be paid directly to the instructor.)
NEW! Cob Oven Workshop
Saturday, March 16, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 22, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Led by expert gardener, Mary Lu Lageman, this workshop will present “outside the box” options for raising food and plants in boxes and containers. We will look at the basics of container gardening and varieties of vegetables and herbs that are adapted to containers. We will investigate how to meet plant needs with soil medium, fertility, light, and water. You will get a chance for hands-on preparation of a container garden that can be taken home as a “starter” for discovering the rewards of growing food in a small space.
This hands-on workshop covers everything you need to know to build your own backyard wood-fired cob oven in just two days! A wood-fired cob oven is an excellent way to make gourmet artisanal breads and pizzas to share with friends and family.
$30 (Includes take home materials: container, soil mix, and plants)
Birdwatching & Pancake Breakfast Saturday, April 13 Experienced local birders Ann Oliver, Executive Secretary of the Ohio Ornithological Society and President of the Cincinnati Bird Club, and John Robinson, local birder and Grailville neighbor, will lead you on a rambling walk to listen for and spot birds during their spring migration. Grailville is an ideal place to go birding! We hope to find migrating songbirds including warblers, thrushes, and flycatchers.
Let your imagination soar while learning ecologically appropriate, sustainable building skills with local “natural building” expert Suellyn Shupe! The cob oven project demonstrates the basics of earthen cob construction building techniques as well as some of the more advanced natural building techniques. Discussions will center on key principles of natural building such as design, foundations, roof systems and also the use of local, abundant materials. In this cob oven workshop you will learn some of the tricks used in building fast, yet sturdy structures with sustainable methods.
$20 (Includes breakfast)
$100 (Includes lunches)
Pancake Breakfast: 7:30 am
Bird Walk: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
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Community Celebrations Community celebrations at Grailville are designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests, and range from free to inexpensive! Some include a meal featuring Grailville grown food and other seasonal delights!
Grail Trails Grailville is home to three beautiful trails that surround our 350 acres. For the past year, we have been revitalizing these trails through place-based art and general maintenance.
Trail Volunteer Days
NEW! Explorations of the Divine: A Visual Contemplation by 3 Young Women Artists Saturday, February 9 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Conversation with the artists at 4:00 Part of Macy’s Arts Sampler 2013 An afternoon to enjoy the work of three local young women artists, Amy Tuttle, Marjorie Bledsoe and Megan Suttman-Divelbiss.
Saturday, April 6, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturday, June 15, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explorations of the Divine focuses on the journey of three young women grappling with their understanding of the Divine, its effect on their daily life and, ultimately the expression of the Divine in their art. This event is free and open to the public.
Easter Celebration Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, March 31 Join us for this uniquely Grail observance of Easter beginning Holy Saturday evening for the Easter Vigil and continuing Easter Sunday Morning for a joyful Eucharistic celebration.
Since its launch in the Fall of 2011, the Grailville Trail Project has engaged over 150 individuals in trail art projects and trail maintenance. The project is propelled by quarterly Trail Volunteer Days, which provide opportunities for the community to beautify the land at Grailville. Led by artist Amy Tuttle, MA Transformative Arts, this project is sponsored, in part, through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Please join us for community building, fun and meaningful art at an upcoming Trail Volunteer Day! Those interested in working with Amy Tuttle on natural art installations for the trail, please contact her at at Grailville.
NEW! Run-Asana Saturday May 18, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grailville's first ever running and yoga event! Join Amy Tuttle, experienced runner and Tracy Jo Duckworth, a certified yoga teacher, to bring strength, flexibility and balance into your life. Runners can benefit from yoga postures before and after the run. Warm up your hamstrings, lower back and knees prior to running the newly restored South Trail. This event will be geared towards The Sunday Morning Eucharist is followed by a potluck brunch in all levels – from walker to runner. After our trail experience, we the Grailville Dining Room. will explore yoga asanas to help Accommodations are available (for all loosen and lengthen all the musor part of Holy Week) for those wishcles of the body. The combinaing to use Grailville as a center of quiet tion of running and yoga can help reflection. Call for information. Save the Date make your body more flexible and stable. A true revitalization of the Saturday, May 25 senses: connect with earth, mind, On Good Friday, March 29, we will offer Save the date for a Memorial Day Weekend spirit, and body at this event! a Lenten Day of Quiet, a minimally programmed, self-directed day of reflection. celebration of all things Grailville! Suggested Donation – $5
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Our Tradition of Hospitality Do you remember the first time you came to Grailville? The hospitality as you came into our Welcome Center and Store? The peaceful feeling as you walked our labyrinth or nature trails? The sense of community as you met with like-minded people? The sense of calm and deep connection, of coming ‘home’ to a part of yourself as you spent time here?
Nina Naberhaus and Dale Marie Prenatt, Guest Services staff, welcome you.
These are the kinds of experiences that so many of our guests report to us. And it’s no accident! Grailville is a center of The Grail, an international movement of women who connect with each other for spiritual deepening, social justice work, ecological sustainability efforts and the release of our creative energies.
Since 1944, Grailville has offered this place in Loveland, Ohio for people to connect with the voice within that calls each of us to rediscover our gifts and to bring them to life. We do that today through our Retreat Center; our personal and warm hospitality, our food made with Grailville Grown ingredients, our simple and natural aesthetic, our unique buildings, our care for the land and each other, and our intentionally peaceful atmosphere. We have made some recent improvements. For example, Benedicite and the Caravansary have new paint and the landscaping beds around them and many other buildings have gotten some much needed attention. Hodie has beautiful, comfortable new beds and the Dining Room has lovely new dishes, glasses and flatware. We’ve added WiFi access to the Caravansary and St. Brigid’s and the Caravansary has a new kitchenette. There have also been some wonderful improvements to our South Nature Trail, including place-based art installations and trail maintenance projects. We would like to personally invite you or your group to experience the transformation that comes from choosing Grailville as the location for a personal or group retreat, a class or workshop, a meeting or a special event. I hope you’ll visit us soon–maybe for the first time, or maybe to come back home to Grailville. I know you’ll experience the special qualities that have made us the natural choice for so many people for so many years!
Thank You, Volunteers! This Summer and Fall, Grailville was the scene of an inspiring amount of outdoor work, including gardening, landscaping and trail projects. Thank you to all the organizations who sent volunteers, and to the too-numerous-to-name individuals who shared their time and talents. Boy Scout Troops #621 and #468
Girl Scout Troop #48484
St Columban School
Loveland High School
University of Cincinnati
Madeira High School
Thanks to Elizabeth Murphy and Al Lade, for the photographs used in this newsletter.
Welcome, Terrie Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Grailville team. Terrie Puckett is our new Program Manager. She is a 20-year program management professional with expertise in community outreach and global issues. A long-term Loveland resident, Terrie’s goal is to make Grailville forefront in our local community as THE place to go for spiritual, cultural, and experiential programs, information and best practices relating to our mission. We’re so glad she’s here!
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A Center of The Grail 932 O’Bannonville Rd. Loveland, OH 45140
This newsletter is published by Grailville, a center of The Grail, an international movement of women committed to spiritual search, social action, ecological sustainability and the release of women’s creative energy throughout the world.
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Located on 300 acres of woodlands, pastures and organic gardens, Grailville offers spiritual, cultural and educational opportunities for the public, as well as providing guest facilities for meetings, lodging and dining.
932 O’Bannonville Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
January – June 2013 Program Calendar January 19 26 26 27
Felting Winter Day of Quiet Mandalas for a New Year Film: Journey of the Universe
February 2 9 9 16–17 3–Apr 28 17 24 26–May 7
Resilience in Action Sacred Path: Labyrinth Explorations of the Divine Abiding Image (Poetry) Universe Discussion Series Impressions of Cuba Breadmaking Practice of Poetry: Spring Series
March 9 16 23 29 30–31
Experiencing The Grail Gardening in a Box Spirit and Song Retreat Lenten Day of Quiet Easter Celebration
April 6 6 13 13 27
18 19 25
Run-Asana Summer Ale Spring Fling
Trail Volunteer Day Writing as Healing Birdwatching & Pancakes Aroma Yoga Beekeeping
8–9 Weekend of Quiet 15 Trail Volunteer Day 22 & 29 Cob Oven Workshop
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You can Register for Programs On-Line
Grailville’s historic buildings provide unique meeting space for 2-100, beds for 76 and ceremony/event space for up to 250. Our beautiful Dining Room can seat 104 and our kitchen staff specializes in freshly prepared, delicious meals utilizing locally grown ingredients. For more information, please contact us at 513.683.2340. The contact form on our website is also a helpful way to get started.
Or by calling or writing Grailville. We will need the program name and date, number of participants, contact information, and the deposit or full program fee. • For part day or day programs the deposit is 50% of fee • For weekend or weeklong programs the deposit is $100 • Deposits are non-refundable (refund policy is on our website) • Some program scholarships are available.