The "Bread Rising, Spirit Raising" weekend retreat will use bread-making as a way to explore spirituality, meditation, mindfulness and intention while preparing the food that nourishes us every day Sept. 13-15, 2013, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

The “Bread Rising, Spirit Raising” weekend retreat will use bread-making as a way to explore spirituality, meditation, mindfulness and intention while preparing the food that nourishes us every day Sept. 13-15, 2013, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

Why would someone with a thousand things to do take the time to make bread by hand?

It might be for the wonderful taste. Maybe it’s about the quiet alone time or the time spent with others making it together. It could be for nutrition — knowing what’s in your food.

With the cell phone and so many other modern communication devices it’s easy to be left disconnected with family, friends and community.

Well, bread is one of the most universal parts of the human experience. Nearly every culture on Earth has developed some version of bread, from flat breads and crackers eaten as a part of every meal, to intricate, rich braids of bread served at feasts and festivals.

From 6 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Sept. 13 until 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is offering “Bread Rising, Spirit Raising.”

This retreat will use bread-making as a way to explore spirituality, meditation, mindfulness and intention while preparing the food that nourishes us every day. No technical baking skill or training is required.

Leading the experience is Robyn Morton, associate director of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, and Sister Paul Bernadette Bounk, a Sister of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, who has worked many years in ecological ministry and retreat coordination.

“I hope participants take away a much greater appreciation for the place that food has in our lives and more mindfulness when preparing foods as well as more care and appreciation for what we’ve been given and the way all of it connects with the Divine,” Robyn said.

Bread isn’t all that needs leavening. Leavening means to bring to life or transform for the better. Join us for the weekend for some personal leavening and comfort food.

The cost is $250. For those needing housing, the cost is $350. To register by Sept. 6, contact Robyn at 812-535-2932 or rmorton@spsmw.org.

If you have any personal bread making stories or recipes we would love for you to share them here. Please use the comment area below.