Retreat Program Calendar

Retreat Programs with the potential to awe, transform, and heal

The Christine Center welcomes everyone to come and participate in retreat programs with the potential to awe, transform, and heal. Learn new skills, discover ways to grow spiritually, experience new depths of understanding. If you’re being nudged towards deeper meaning, step out of daily life for a few days to learn with others in a spirit of deep community support.

Our facilitators are experienced and skilled. Lots of wisdom is found here.

Please note: Schedule is subject to change.

To register, please call 715.267.7507 or email christinecenter@tds.net.

Retreat programs begin Friday evening after supper, usually at 7 p.m. and end Sunday morning after brunch, at 12 noon, unless otherwise noted.

 
Invitation for a New Union

May 22-24

For those who have completed the Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation program.

With Christine Center Core Team

Free will offering, plus meals and lodging.

A second calling of this group to gather as a Community of Support for Compassionate Action. Come explore the “engaged spirituality” of focused conversations and experiences to refresh spiritual practices. The December 2014 group (photo left) named these gatherings a New Union.

 
Health and Inner Peace with Relaxation and Full Natural Breathing
May 22-24 (Friday-Sunday); September 14-15 (Monday-Tuesday) for $95

With Roberta Hodges  

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging. 

Relaxation of body and breath releases the tensions caused by stress in your life. Healthful relaxation creates space within for peaceful spirit and life force energy to enter. Come learn many body and breath relaxations of varied length and styles that can be done while lying, sitting, walking or standing.

These techniques can be used in almost any situation where you find yourself in need of calming. Practices range from a one minute calming breath practice to the more lengthy Yoga Nidra practice of extreme relaxation.

Roberta has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga in the Himalayan tradition for 25 years.

   
Mandala-Making: Set Free Your Inner Light of Soul

May 29-31

With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.

Tuition: sliding scale of $125-$250, plus meals and lodging and a $15 materials fee for the weekend. Retreat begins Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Creating a Mandala is art as spiritual practice. Mandala-making can bring healing energy and awareness to the body, mind, and spirit. The meditative process helps open the heart to divine love. The work gives form and expression into spiritual truths by releasing the inner light of the soul. You’ll have historical, spiritual and cross-cultural examples of mandalas available for inspiration along with expert instruction and support.

No previous experience needed; all art supplies are provided. We use artist grade, color-fast colored pencils and vellum paper.

Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Gabe’s bio here.

Read Our Stories post: Sr. Henrita Frost’s Mandala Journey.

 
Buddhist Psychology

May 29-31

With Susan Mickel, MD, PhD

www.pointingoutway.org

Tuition $225, plus meals and lodging.

Buddhist psychology offers a psychology of liberation. This course will help beginning and experienced meditators to track how suffering arises from sensory input and how to release it for awakening. We will use the Indo-Tibetan way of concentrating the mind called the Nine States of the Mind-staying.

Susan has been teaching Buddhist retreats in the Burmese mindfulness tradition and Tibetan Mahamudra for the past thirteen years.

 
Compassionate Acceptance: A Mindful Path to Healing Life’s Wounds

June 5-7

With Thomas Roberts

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging

We all carry with us a store of life’s hurts, betrayals, and traumas. Deep healing occurs only when we soften our self-aversion and begin to accept and relate wisely with deep compassion to that part of ourselves that needs healing. Come to this spacious and safe place to work on bringing mindful and compassionate acceptance to these difficulties.

Through the exploration of contemplative, Taoist, and Buddhist teachings and healing practices, you will finally be able to reach a kind of healing based on acceptance and compassion that is often overlooked. This depth of healing is integral to deepening the spiritual path. Read Tom’s post about his book on Our Stories.

Tom is a psychotherapist with over 35 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and his own personal Zen Buddhist practice. He is the author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginners Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion (New Harbinger Press, 2009). Tom is adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.

 
Healing With the Elements: Eden Energy Medicine Workshop

June 6-7, (Saturday 10 am through Sunday 4 pm)

With Sandy Sulzer

Tuition: $125, plus meals and lodging

Visit Sandy’s website for more information.

Learn about the five Chinese elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. We will discover how to discern which of these rhythms is most prominent in you, how to work within your element, and strengthen those that come less naturally. We will spend the weekend going deeply into the layers of meaning for each element, exploring their nature, and how each of us relates to the cycle that transforms each rhythm into the next.

Beginning Saturday morning at 10 AM and extending until Sunday afternoon at 4 PM, this intimate workshop will be hands-on, include time for self-reflection, and tools for learning to balance your own energies at a deep level. Opportunities for one-on-one consultations will be available. No previous experience with energy work required, just a healthy dose of curiosity and willingness to explore.

Sandy Sulzer is a certified Eden Energy Medicine practitioner, and a PhD Sociologist conducting research on complementary and alternative medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 
Diamond Approach to Inner Work

June 11-14, September 3-6, December 10-13

With Carol Carbon.

www.ridhwan.org.

To register: Johanna Seubert at j.seubert@tds.net or 715.267.7902.

The Ridhwan School is accepting new students for the Diamond Approach to Inner Work. The Diamond Approach is a path of spiritual realization characterized by sincere inquiry into one’s experience, fueled by the love of truth. The immediate contact with the truth of our experience allows the unfoldment of our Soul to reach increasingly deeper levels of truth. Our work includes meditations, teachings, movement, and experiential exercises.

Carol Carbon is a senior Ridhwan teacher of the Diamond Approach. She has studied directly with A.H. Almaas, the founder, and she leads groups in Boulder, Colorado and the Upper Mid-West Region.

 
Yoga and Meditation for Beginners

June 15-17 (Monday-Wednesday)

With Bill Miller and Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, PhD

Tuition: sliding scale of $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.

Come learn the beginning steps of these ancient practices in a supportive, comfortable, and beautiful space. Yoga is a way to balance and ease stress. Meditation helps you to find peace, healing and renewal. Give yourself the gift of a life lived in greater harmony.

Bill is a retired police officer and criminal justice teacher. Sister Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, PhD is a member of the Christine Center leadership team. Read her bio here.

 
Relax and Renew Yoga Retreat

June 17-19 (Wednesday-Friday)

With Sue Redmond

Tuition: $90-$200, plus meals and lodging

Take a long weekend starting with a Wednesday to Friday retreat. Your retreat focuses on relaxing, relieving stress, a gentle restorative yoga practice, walks in the woods, healthy home cooked meals and meeting new people. The retreat offers yoga appropriate for all levels of practice with a special focus on active older adults, people working on improving their overall health, addressing chronic pain and seeking a gentle relaxing practice.

Sue Redmond has practiced yoga since 1998, began her yoga teacher training with YogaFit in 2009 completing her 200 hour RYT. She also has a MA in therapy and has practiced social work since 1990.

 
Yoga Immersion Weekend: Practice makes Progress

June 19-21

With Rob Schultz of Point Yoga Studio

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

Visit www.pointyoga.com to learn more.

“To read uplifting books or listen to spiritual discourses is good. But to practice even a little is of the utmost importance.” –Swami Kripalu

Beyond yoga postures, the art and science of Kripalu yoga expands self-awareness and offers liberation in body, mind, and spirit by cultivating the greatest wisdom of all: direct experience. Plan to do six hours of gentle to moderate Hatha Yoga. We’ll also meditate, contemplate, write, and rest. We’ll talk a bit of philosophy too.

Note: please bring appropriate shoes, clothing, rain gear, a water bottle, bug spray, and a journal.

Rob is a professional-level Kripalu yoga teacher and Reiki Master. He has been the owner of Point Yoga Studio in Stevens Point, Wisconsin since 2008.

 
Tai Chi for Body, Mind and Spirit
June 19-21

With Pete Gryffin, PhD, MS

METAROBICS – A New Evolution in Health and Fitness

Tuition: Sliding scale of $125-$175, plus meals and lodging

Develop a user friendly Tai Chi practice with benefits for a wide range of chronic conditions, enhanced mental well-being, and greater spiritual understanding from a denominationally friendly perspective. Day one instills the essence of Tai Chi into a physical practice for balance, breathe work and body alignment. 

Day two continues with a focus on mindfulness for creating enhanced states of self-awareness, for empowered living and relationships. Day three reinforces postures while exploring elements of Tao and Zen which can enhance any spiritual tradition.

Tai Chi has been called “Moving Meditation” due to benefits for mental well-being. It has also been called “Moving Medication” by Harvard Health Watch, due to benefits for health and chronic pain. The word Tai Chi translates as “The Grand Ultimate,” as an empowered way of living. Come and explore the best of Mind, Body and Spirit!

Dr. Pete Gryffin, a University of Florida Alumni Fellow, has been practicing Tai Chi for over 30 years. He has taught for medical centers, universities and presented at national conferences. He has over 15 publications to his credit, including his groundbreaking book Tai Chi Therapy – The New Science of Metarobics.

   
Embracing the Soul’s Knowing

June 19-21

With Tom and Sara Hurley

www.thomasjhurley.com

Tuition: $125-$200, plus meals and lodging.

Each of us is blessed with an inner guidance system that can teach us who we truly are, show us the life that is uniquely ours to lead, and tell us the next steps on our path. As we come to befriend this awareness – our soul’s knowing – it becomes the place we turn with every question in our lives… a touchstone for our choices… a guide to right action.

We’ll explore how our inner guidance systems work and what it takes to trust it with every question in our lives, large or small. Learn how to listen to what you most need in your life, work, and relationships. Come prepared for deep personal reflection, generative conversation, unexpected insights, and creative play! 

Tom Hurley has been immersed in the soul’s knowing during more than 30 years of pioneering new paradigm leadership with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Chaordic Alliance, World Café, and Oxford Leadership Academy. Sara Hurley is a spiritual counselor who has been a teacher in the Diamond Approach work for more than 15 years.

 
Yoga: More Than a Pretty Asana

June 26-28

With Jenifer Ebel

Tuition: $250, plus meals and lodging

www.smilingyogi.com

There’s much more to a yoga practice than physical yoga poses. Get the basics of a good, solid practice including: What yoga really is, meditations you will welcome, understanding prana and how to embody it, supporting your practice (space, family, friends, food, habits, and mind stuff), cultivating consciousness on and off the mat. And much more! Whether you’re a beginner or a yoga teacher, you’ll leave with new inspiration and insights for a solid home practice.

Jenifer Ebel is known for her ability to make the ancient, authentic yogic teachings accessible and memorable for her students. Her teacher training includes Kripalu, Iyengar and Anusara methods. With humor, joy and clarity, she draws on her 44 years of studying and practicing yoga, to bring a fresh, genuine, and comprehensive approach to the practice. 

 
Introduction to Christian Meditation

June 27, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

With Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.D., who will draw on the roots of Christian contemplation.

Tuition: $75 (includes lunch and supper). Open to commuters and private weekend guests who wish to join us on Saturday.

Eleven hours of guidance in the practice of Christian meditation. We begin with introductory work to understand the tradition of Christian meditation as a spiritual practice. We will move into meditating together in the simplicity of silence, deep listening, using a mantra, a biblical text, chanting and the breath. With breaks for walking and eating in silence, the day will renew or introduce you to your inner life. Open to people of all traditions and experience level.

 S. Cecilia is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Cecy’s bio here.

 
Love to Sing?

July 3-5

With Margaret Vaino

Tuition: sliding scale $50-$150, plus meals and lodging

Enjoy a peaceful 4th of July by singing for the pleasure of it. Margaret will engage us in melodies and sacred chants that will feed our souls. Together our voices send forth a vibration for blessing the world.

Margaret comes from Finland where she has worked with choirs for 30 years.  She has studied early Christian chant, Harmonic singing and Sacred Dance.

     
Own Her Power:  a Yoga and Meditation Retreat for Women

July 3-5

With Beck Anderson (left) and Mariah Lea Standal (below)

www.barefootwarriorsisterhood.com and www.mariahleayoga.com

Questions? beck@WellnessHammock.com or call 651-308-9367.

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

This is for the women who don’t believe they are powerful. Learn to give yourself permission to be you, let go of needing to be perfect, learn the art of receiving and living and using your gifts.

Develop a meditation and yoga practice that is grounded in your body to develop a foundation from which to grow and flourish. Retreats are where most students experience incredible insights and breakthroughs in their lives.

Beck Anderson is passionate about empowering women to live in their personal power so that they can live joyful, peaceful, meaningful and connected lives. Watching deep transformation create more fulfillment careers, relationships and personal growth inspires Beck in her work. The founder of Wellinspire, a yoga studio and wellness center in Menominee, MI, Beck draws inspiration from her background in sociology and her love and appreciation for the human body and mind in all its various forms.

Mariah Lea Standal has a passion for psychology and Eastern philosophy. Her exploration in these fields have led her to pursue integrative modalities of healing, of which her strongest interest is in the wisdom of the Eight Limbed path of yoga. Drawing inspiration from Tai Chi as well as yoga, Mariah’s teaching style blends the use of mindfulness, imagery and breathwork to facilitate re-embodiment. Her goals are to help her students feel at-home and grounded in their bodies so they can access innate sources of vitality, and through this find the empowerment to manifest transformation in their own lives.  

 
Spiritual Deepening Through Memoir
July 19-21 (Sunday-Tuesday)

With Jean Feraca

Cost: $280 for program and 2 nights in a modern hermitage; $220 for program and  a rustic hermitage, plus meals.

“We write memoir not to remember but to honor and let go.” Join award-winning memoirist Jean Feraca for this 3-day workshop designed to raise self-awareness, prompt forgiveness, and arrive at transcendence.

Topics to be explored together include: the credible narrator; how to turn a poem into a memoir;  the use of symbols and prevailing metaphors; the importance of perspective; developing major and minor characters; creating setting, dialogue, and epiphanies; memoir as legacy; and the perils of publication.

This is a hands-on workshop which will rely heavily on short and long-form exercises illustrated by excerpts from Jean’s memoir, I Hear Voices, and other memoirists such as Natalie Goldberg, E.B. White, and Edward Abbey. After almost 30 years Jean retired as Wisconsin Public Radio’s Distinguished Senior Broadcaster in 2012. She was host and executive producer of Here on Earth: Radio without Borders. She won an Ohio State and Gabriel Award for her Women of Spirit radio series on female leaders in the early Christian Church, and the National Telemedia Council’s Distinguished Media Award for her radio advocacy of people with mental illness, and the 2011 Gabriel Award for Inside Islam, “Muslims, Mosques, and American Identity.” A resident of Madison, Wisconsin, she is author of three collections of poetry: South from Rome: Il Mezzogiorno, Crossing the Great Divide, and Rendered into Paradise. Jean was the recipient of the Nation’s Discovery Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a two-time finalist for the Pushcart Prize and a National Poetry Foundation Prize. I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio, was selected as the 2011 winner of the Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Nonfiction Award, sponsored by the Council for Wisconsin Writers. It was also named an Outstanding Book by the American Association of School Librarians, and one of the year’s Best Books for General Audiences by the Public Library Association.

 
Intuitive Painting: Free to Paint from Soul (Revised from our Printed Newsletter)
July 23-26; October 8-11; November 12-15 (Thursday-Sunday)

Daily 10 am-5 pm, including Sunday

With S. Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD

Tuition: $40 per day / $20 for half days (materials included), plus meals and lodging.

Commuters Welcome: bring a bag lunch or purchase a lovely vegetarian meal for $15.

Visit www.michelecassou.com for information about Intuitive Painting.

Jumpstart your natural creativity in a fun and supportive community of happy painters!  (Come with a friend!) Just bring your painting apron!

Attend as much or as little as you wish.

Each day includes two creativity coaching sessions with S. Gabriele Uhlein.  For those who are staying overnight, there are optional evening sessions too. No previous art skill is required! If you are an artist, here is a chance to dare yourself to stretch into fresh creative possibility! Just bring your curiosity and willingness to deepen insight! All materials provided.

S. Gabriele trained in the intuitive painting method of Michele Cassou, and has over 30 years’ experience in using art expression as a  personal contemplative practice. Her intuitive art studio provides a marvelous “judgement-free zone” for daring freedom, breaking old patterns and discovering fresh creative possibilities. Just wait till you see the studio walls! Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Gabriele’s bio here.

Read Gabreiele’s article on the Exhilaration of Intuitive Painting on our blog. Watch this inspiring video.

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Music from Mother Heart by Susan Lincoln, a St. Hildegard vocal artist. Visit Susan’s website here. In 2013 Susan co-facilitated with Gabriele our second annual St. Hildegard Festival. It was a weekend of joy!

 
SoulCollage-Cancelled
July 24-26

With Audrey Chowdhury

 
Silent Retreat with Individual Spiritual Guidance

July 26-August 1 (Sunday-Saturday)

With Spiritual Guides: Father Tom Borkowski and Franciscan Sister Marge Zulaski

In silence greater openness to you inner life becomes possible. This retreat invites you to solitude and provides opportunity for conversation to speak about your inner life with a trained Spiritual Guide. Individual sessions are available daily to support you in moving inward to listen to your true self and your inner wisdom. Other opportunities for spiritual deepening include group meditation, Eucharistic liturgy, and the wonders of Nature.

Cost: $400, includes housing in a modern hermitage or guest house, and spiritual guidance sessions; $300, includes housing in a rustic hermitage and spiritual guidance sessions. Meals are an additional $32 per day or you may choose to prepare your own meals in a modern hermitage.

 
Yoga Nidra: The Healing Power of Extreme Relaxation

July 27-28 (Monday-Tuesday)

With Roberta Hodges

Tuition: $95, plus meals and lodging. Begins Monday at 2 pm.

Yoga Nidra is the most powerful relaxation technique known. It means conscious deep sleep. Experience supreme relaxation of body and the most profound stillness of mind. This transforming, deep, blissful state of consciousness is the perfect condition for physical and emotional healing. It is helpful in treating diseases and exhaustion caused by stress.

Roberta has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga in the Himalayan tradition for 25 years.

 
Yoga Spa Wellness Weekend

July 31-August 2

With Lolly Bower

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging

Join senior teacher Lolly Bower for a spa get-away weekend. Lolly combines over 30 years of experience teaching yoga with a background in  Health/Wellness  to offer this refreshing and dynamic retreat.  We will offer sessions in: gentle yoga for everybody, yoga relaxation (nidra), meditation classes using variety of styles; you choose yours, ayruvedic self care and prevention tips; learn soothing self massage, time in the schedule for you to walk, reflect, write, read, practice, nurture, rest, surprises and play.

Lolly Bower, B.SC, CYT, trained as a yoga teacher with Swami Paramanda in 1976 and has continued her studies, practice, and teaching in the years since. She is also trained in meditation, and is a certified Yoga of the Heart therapist.

 
Healing Mind, Body, Spirit with Essential Oils

July 31-August 2

With Diane Kahler

Tuition: $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.

Ancient cultures have used the aromatic plant kingdom in various forms for thousands of years for medicinal purposes as well as religious rituals, anointing and spiritual healing.  Today aromatic essential oils are being used and have become widely recognized as part of natural health care. 

This week-end we will take a look back and experience some of the precious oils and techniques used by the ancients as well as those referenced in the scriptures.  Did you know the scriptures themselves consider the heart the center of our being?  We will have guided meditations for the heart and other energy centers using essential oils for clearing and purifying as well as learn how to use essential oils for emotional release.

We’ll discuss what essential oils are and explore modern uses for some oils in everyday life and how they work to enhance wellness. Through sensory exercises we will experience precious essential oils with simple healing and purifying techniques for mind, body and and spirit. 

Diane Kahler has been in the natural health care profession for over 35 years. She is a master herbalist and certified professional of clinical aromatherapy . She is also a massage therapist specializing in CranioSacral and Intuitive Body Therapy. .  She has a daily yoga and meditation practice and is a graduate of the Christine Center’s Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation Signature Program. For more information call 608.845.5647 or email at softtissuehealth@aol.com

 
The Gentle, Nourishing Fun of Exploring Your Energy Centers

Sunday, August 2, 3:30-Thursday, August 6 at 11:00.

With Stephanie Lovlien

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging

Stephanie.lovlien@gmail.com

Come explore how to gain optimal health by learning to take care of the seven energy centers in your body. Learn to change your energy to change your life. Based in part on The Energetics of Healing by Carolyn Myss, the goal of this retreat is to feed the Soul and leave with a profound sense of peace and calm; to be lighter and brighter. 

Each of the seven segments of the program will offer a variety of ways to explore an energy center. First watch a segment of the Energetics of Healing DVD. Next experience meditations which include essential oils, tuning forks, chapel meditations, and the ancient mythic art of sand painting. Sand painting will take place outside using found objects of nature. Included throughout the day will be lots of time for journaling, collage, group sharing, meditative walks in the woods and naps (very important when doing inner work).

Exploring in this mythical area, the experiences are gentle yet powerful; safe, nourishing and fun. Great for beginners or advanced students of the healing journey.

Individual healing sessions with Stephanie will also be available.

After an extensive career in business, In 2007 Stephanie changed direction and graduated from Windermere Institute of Healing Arts and has since worked in the healing arts field.

 
The Rest that Works: Living a Life of Loving Mindfulness
August 3-5 (Monday-Wednesday)

With Rev. Scott Daniels

Tuition: sliding scale $90-$150

revscottd6@gmail.com

Visit therestthatworks.com

Can we live at rest in God and work from there? When we approach life in certain ways and take daily steps to align with love, we tend to feel much more peace, meaning, passion and joy than when we don’t.

The rest that works is a way to practice trust in the Living God, settle into the unforced rhythms of grace giving us life and work creatively from there. It is a way to consistently allow for God/Spirit. It’s both a philosophy and a spiritual practice that is rooted in the teachings of Jesus but has connections with many traditions. It recognizes a spirituality that is greater than any one tradition. (A feel for it can be gained online at therestthatworks.com)

This workshop will include short presentations, group discussion and guided meditation. Participants will receive a little primer on the rest that works and will leave equipped to develop or improve their own personal form of the rest that works.

Scott is an ordained United Methodist Minister on voluntary leave of absence to focus on the ministry of the rest that works. He and his wife Anita started a spiritual day retreat in Eau Claire called The Center 2 years ago (thecenterec.com).

 
Integrating Transpersonal Experiences into Your Life

August 5-7 (Wednesday-Friday)

With Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD

Tuition: sliding scale $100-$200, plus meals and lodging (tuition scholarships available)

Visit www.carlgreer.com and watch the video below and consider participating in this experiential program.

Presented by Carl Greer, clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and Shamanic practitioner.  He authored the book Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Using Shamanic and Jungian tools to achieve Personal Transformation. His book will be available at the Christine Center’s bookstore.

In this retreat Carl offers both Jungian and Shamanic practices to focus on inner movement for personal transformation. YouTube Preview Image.

 
Spring Forest Qigong and the Labyrinth

August 9-11  (Sunday-Tuesday)

With Karyn Niin Kitigade

Tuition: $155, plus meals and lodging

Visit www.MovingYourEnergy.com or 

www.springforestqigong.com

Learn how to heal body and soul with the gentle movements of Spring Forest Qigong. Also learn about the different styles of Labyrinths and various ways to use them. Not everyone can have a Labyrinth in their back yard so instead you will create a finger Labyrinth to take home with you.

Spring Forest Qigong The roots of qigong date back at least 4,000 years to ancient China. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but it can be transformed.  Spring Forest Qigong, created by Master Chunyi Lin, is a simple, efficient and effective qigong technique that can be practiced regardless of age or physical ability.  The gentle movements help us heal on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. 

Labyrinths Labyrinths, dating as far back as 3000 years, have been found around the world.  They are used for prayer, meditation, celebrations and as problem solvers. Many people who find seated meditation challenging, will find that walking a Labyrinth helps them to quiet their mind and find that place of stillness within them.

Karyn built her first Labyrinth at her home in 2001. Since then she has helped others to build Labyrinths and has done workshops on Labyrinths for various organizations. Karyn has been a Spring Forest Qigong Certified Instructor since 2009. In 2013 she became a Certified Master Healer with Spring Forest Qigong. Laughing and having fun are important parts of Karyn’s life, and she skillfully weaves them into her presentations. Karyn has presented at conferences for teachers at Northeastern Illinois University, nursing staff of the Dean Health System, for the Wisconsin Army National Guard at their Medical Team Conference and at the By Women For Women retreat at the Christine Center.

 
Frequencies of Brilliance, Level One, 14-Day Certification Course

August 17-August 31

With Efren Solanas

To register: www.efrensolanas.com

The Frequencies of Brilliance is a potent, sacred process with unlimited potential for healing and spiritual expansion. It is an energetic healing technique that​ has assisted many people in clearing physical, mental and emotional issues.

This​ course may be one of your most transformational journeys this lifetime. It is an initiation into a way of living—of being—that will continue to expand long after the course has ended. Channeled by Christine Day, this work is practiced around the world with marvelous results.

This course is one continuous initiation process. Through daily demonstrations and practicum, encounters with sacred geometry in meditation and group process, you will integrate the fourth and fifth dimensional energies into your body. This initiation is deep and intense, involving all aspects of your Self: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is a Divinely orchestrated journey back to the heart.

Efren is certified by the founder, Christine Day, and ​has been teaching courses in So. America, Europe and the USA for the past nine years. He is dedicated to sharing the sacred jewel of this work and honored by the opportunity to serve as a channel for transformational healing. ​Efrén’s intention is to hold a steady, compassionate platform for each person’s unique, Divine journey back to full union with the Self.

Praise for Efrén

“Efrén Solanas is a magician. A poignant healer with clear insight. He has led me to the edges of my deepest pain; helped me to touch the emotion behind the pain, so that I could begin to release years of trauma from my body. I have been able to surrender into my authentic Self. I have made huge strides in my journey towards self love. Efrén has been an invaluable guide on my journey. He anchors a vast energetic field that allows me to unfold in a balanced way. He is honest and perceptive in guiding me towards the root of the blockages that I carry. I am incredibly grateful for his heart and guidance. Efren is a great soul and teacher.”   Anka M.–Los Angeles

“I am very grateful for Efrén’s teaching and the initiations which I received during the Level One, Frequencies of Brilliance course. These experiences are still alive in the deepest part of my being, marked by Efrén’s simplicity, wisdom, spiritual force, generosity and unconditional love manifested as discipline. The promises that I have always heard, have materialized; that which is a mystery is no longer; that which was hidden is revealed. Efrén has the gift of touching the lives of those who are close to him.” Jodi Y.—São Paulo, Brazil

 
Becoming Compassion

August 21-23

With Henrita Frost, SSND and Johanna Seubert, FSPA, DMA

Tuition: sliding scale $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.

Discover the power of the human heart for compassion. Empowered by the practice of Loving Kindness Meditation allow yourself to engage in a journey with compassion. Sense it flowing from your experience of self-compassion and moving to embracing all beings and the environment with an all-inclusive loving kindness – omitting none, as we offer healing to the Global Community. Finally, we will take time together to weave compassionate actions. Surprise yourself with your capacity for love and compassion. Reflections about The Charter for Compassion, International will aid us as we journey with compassion.

Henrita is a gifted spiritual guide and delights in the experience of facilitating spiritual deepening experiences. Johanna’s passion is the study and practice of mystical spirituality from many spiritual traditions. Both are members of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read about them here.

 
The Wild Rowing Into God

A Collaboration between the Christine Center and Holy Wisdom Monastery

August 28-29, at Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI

With Gail Worcelo, SGM (top left) and Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD

Register online at benedictinewomen.org/retreats/group-retreats/wild-rowing (available soon)

Tuition: $200 (add $20 after August 1) includes Saturday lunch.

Teilhard de Chardin predicted that a new kind of human would emerge on Earth, one attracted to the future and in touch with the impulse to reach out. Is this you? Is there a flame of urgency in your heart? Are you yearning to join in the great collective work of unleashing our hidden potential as a species?

Our Intention: To contribute to the evolution of humanity as we awaken to our divine humanity.

Friday evening: Cosmos – Discover the divine milieu as a participant in a grand cosmic emergence. 

Saturday morning: Consciousness – Embark on the quantum leap from “I” to “We.” 

Saturday afternoon: Creative Union – Row with zest as we come to the edge where we can only go together.

Gail is a disciple of the late Father Thomas Berry, co-founded Green Mountain Monastery in Vermont.  Gail teaches and practices Evolutionary Christianity through a variety of sacred modalities that weave spirituality with cosmology and ecology

Gabriel is a Franciscan psychologist, theologian, and artist whose work is in ecological, sustainable human deepening and evolution. Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read more bio here.

 
Diamond Approach to Inner Work

September 3-6, December 10-13

(see June 11 for details)

 
Yoga and Meditation with Andrea Russell

September 11-13

Tuition: $225, plus meals and lodging

www.andrearussell.com

Register directly through Andrea at info@andrearussell.com

Visit www.andrearussell.com

Download registration form.

Come deepen your yoga and meditation practice. Learn ways to attune your practice to live in harmony with the seasonal transition from summer to fall as well as ample time for reflection, restoration and enjoyment of nature. Nature’s cycles are mirrored within our own body and mind.

The fall season is an important time to nurture oneself after the high vibrant energy of summer, to ground and settle, in order to cultivate inner strength to maintain balance as the autumn winds of change blow. 

Included is yoga instruction, seated and walking meditation instruction, mindfulness practices, yoga nidra/guided deep relaxation, pranayama/breathing practices, as well as wisdom teachings based on yoga philosophy, mindfulness and Ayurvedic approaches to living in tune with the season.

 
Health and Inner Peace with Relaxation and Full Natural Breathing
September 14-15 (Monday-Tuesday) 

With Roberta Hodges  

Tuition: $95, plus meals and lodging.  See details on May 22-24)

 
Hilde-Fest 2015
Hildegard of Bingen: Her Way and Her Wisdom

September 18-20

With Avis Clendenen, DMin, PhD and Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD

Tuition: $200 (If sliding scale or scholarship is needed, please inquire:

guhlein@tds.net

Early registration: $175 (ends August 15)   

This year our attention turns to St. Hildegard as spiritual teacher.  Let her challenge your soul to find voice, and allow her profound insight to embolden and fortify your own soul-path. Our featured presenter is Dr. Avis Clendenen, DMin., PhD.  Much loved by her students, Avis teaches courses in both pastoral and practical theology at Xavier University in Chicago.

Her latest book, Experiencing Hildegard: Jungian Insights into the Spiritual Vision of 12th Century Hildegard of Bingen reveals Avis’ own depth of personal experience as soul-mentor and spiritual guide. Discover fresh, exhilarating ways in which the greening, vibrant light of the 12th century St. Hildegard can nourish and sustain a 21st century mystic clarity. ‘

We also celebrates Hildegard and her love of all things green. We will experience some of her favorite herbs and sample a few of her healing recipes for soothing and strengthening both body and soul. We will pray with her words and breathe with her music. Come immerse your soul in beauty, within and without! Painting of Hildegard by Gabriele. Read Gabriele’s Hildegard story on our Web site here.

 
37 Practices of Bodhisattva

September 25-27

With Susan Mickel, MD, PhD

More information: www.pointingoutway.org.

To register: susanmickel2@gmail.com

The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva is one of a handful of the most important Tibetan Buddhist teachings dealing with cultivation of compassionate living while opening to the clarity and wisdom of the mind’s nature in meditation. The format is instruction, guided meditation, and group discussion. No prerequisites.

 
Mahamudra: Meditation Taught in the Pointing-Out Style

September 27-October 4

With Susan Mickel, MD, PhD

More information: www.pointingoutway.org.

To register: susanmickel2@gmail.com

In Mahamudra, a series of meditations helps to clear the veils that keep us from accessing our deepest wisdom, love, and compassion. The meditations begin with initial emphasis on concentration, followed by exploration of the constructed nature of ordinary perception, non-duality meditations, and non-meditation. With clearing of the obscurations, the mind’s true nature is free to shine forth. The format is small group instruction, meditation, and discussion. 

   
For the Sake of the Christ

With Andrew Harvey

October 4-7 (Sunday-Wednesday)

Tuition: $250  plus meals and lodging

Visit www.andrewharvey.net for more on Sacred Activism.

Come open to the possibility that your heart will expand and you will  become inspired to walk a path of sacred action in the world.  Andrew teaches that when you open to your sacred heart, you become a vehicle for Divine Love, here on Earth. If you yearn for that deeper and richer involvement with the path of Christ and to live a more fully sacred life, this weekend is for you.

 Andrew Harvey is the founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism, acclaimed author of over 30 books, mystical scholar, and dynamic spiritual teacher.

Praise for Andrew Harvey

Every age has its teachers, who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us. And when a generation is very, very lucky, it encounters a teacher so illumined that the words he delivers must be illumined as well. In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.  Marianne Williamson

Andrew is a brilliant, inspired visionary who has the ability to interpret the meaning of the chaos and rapid changes that are redirecting the compass of our contemporary culture. He is a spiritual, intellectual, and cultural mystic whose passion is to awaken people to a new and essential empowerment in this world: sacred activism. Caroline Myss

   
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  • Kindness Meditation
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