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. Retreat programs begin Friday evening after supper and end Sunday morning after brunch unless otherwise noted.

Wild Brush of Soul: Summer Intuitive Painting Experience

August 29-31

painting and arts for mental and spiritual wellnessAs the sun shifts back into the southern sky here at the Christine Center—what a good time to harvest intuitive riches from summer’s fullness. These days are for honoring soul with brush-strokes free and graceful enough to be any color and any shape, and exactly what each moment calls for.

Facilitator: Gabriele Uhlein, Ph.D., OSF. Tuition: sliding scale of $150-$275, plus meals and lodging. $10 per day studio fee. Retreat begins Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Gabe’s bio here.

Read Gabriele’s article about Intuitive Painting from the Edge Magazine here.

This program is also scheduled for the weekends of November 21, January 23, February 20, and April 24.

Diamond Approach to Inner Work

September 5-7, and December 12-14

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.

Facilitator: 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. For more information contact Johanna Seubert at the Christine Center at or call 715.267.7902. Visit

Autumn Yoga and Meditation with Andrea Russell

September 12-14

Yoga retreats

This 3-day retreat offers an opportunity to 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.

Tuition: $225, plus meals and lodging. Register directly through Andrea at Visit

Sacred Dance and Meditation

September 12-14

personal wellness retreat iconThrough the combined efforts of singing, music, sacred phrases from many different traditions, and movement, Sacred Dance opens your heart and leads to deeper meditative experience. The dances are a joyous, multicultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. Times of silent meditation will help to deepen the experience. No previous music or dance experience is necessary.

Facilitators: Henrita Frost, SSND; Johanna Seubert, FSPA;. Tuition: sliding scale of $75-$150, plus meals and lodging. Henrita and Johanna are members of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read about them here.

Third Annual Hildegard Fest

September 19-21

Join Hildegard friends in celebrating all things Hildegard, from her recipes to sacred visions, and most importantly, her creativity. Come, feast and nurture your soul through Hildegard’s powerful words and unforgettable images. This year’s festival will feature a glimpse into the over 300 letters of advice and spiritual direction that she wrote: daring and bold letters to Popes, Emperors, Queens, Bishops as well as sensible and sage advice for the simple ordinary folk who sought her counsel. We will explore the creative zest that animated her work and use her inspiration for celebrating our own spiritual experience and personal insight.

Facilitator: S. Gabriele Uhlein. Tuition: sliding scale of $100-$200, plus meals and lodging. Begins Friday, 6:30 p.m. and ends with a celebrative brunch on Sunday. Menus to be prepared by special guest chef and is inspired by Hildegard’s own healing recipesGabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Gabe’s bio here.

Introduction to Christian Meditation
October 4, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

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 walk-ing and eating in silence, the day will renew or introduce you to your inner life. Open to people of all traditions and experience level.

Facilitator: Cecy Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.D. will draw on the roots of Christian con-templation. Tuition: sliding scale of $50-$75 (includes lunch and supper). Open to commuters and private weekend guests who wish to join us on Saturday.  Cecy is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Cecy’s bio here.

Two Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Retreats with Susan Mickel
The Seven Point Mind Training:  Meditation in Daily Life

October 3-5

The Seven Point Mind Training is a core Tibetan Buddhist teaching on bringing meditation into daily life.  A series of 59 pithy statements about meditation and daily life provides opportunities for reflection and practice.  The retreat will introduce these teachings, also introducing the Pointing Out Way of teaching meditation.

 Mahamudra: Meditation Taught in the Pointing-Out Style

October 5-12

Essence Mahamudra, a series of meditations, helps to clear the veils that keep us from accessing our deepest wisdom and compassion. The meditation 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.

Facilitator: Susan Mickel, MD, PhD. For information visit To register:

SoulCollage and Yoga

October 31-November 2

The journey toward self discovery and awareness blossoms in the practice of SoulCollage and Yoga. Experience this dynamic combination on a weekend retreat that will include both disciplines in a beautiful setting.

During the SoulCollage portions of the weekend, we will be using the collage process of cutting and gluing images onto 5X8 cards — to create a personal deck of cards. No artistic experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. We will discuss how these cards may be used to journal and also to access our inner wisdom, intuition, and spirituality. More information about SoulCollage may be found at

The yoga portion of the weekend will be taught in a style that nurtures and supports the creative energy of the SoulCollage journey. Individualized teaching will adapt this gentle yoga to all skill levels. Offerings will include a wake-up and energize morning session. Evening sessions will focus on the nurturing self-care techniques of Ayurveda followed by a deep Yoga Nidra relaxation. Breathing, meditation and stretches will be offered during the day as requested or needed by the group participants.

Facilitators: Lolly Bower and MaryAnne Schoenike. Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

Lolly Bower, B.Sc, CYT. (pictured on the right) Originally trained as a yoga teacher by Swami Paramanda in 1976, Lolly has continued her studies, practice, and teaching in the years since. Interesed in the science end of what she was learning in traditional yoga, she returned to school and is a Phi Kappa Phi graduate in Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She is trained in meditation, and is a certified Yoga of the Heart (R) therapist.

Mary-Anne Schoenike, BS in psychology and MS in education, along with being a Reiki Master/Teacher and Reflexologist. She has been a SoulCollage facilitator since May of 2011. She enjoys her role as “witness” in the SoulCollage process, as workshop participants discover their “inner selves” and let their hearts and souls sing.

Men’s Intro to Yoga and Meditation

October 31-November 1

Come sneak away for a day to try something you may never have done before: Yoga and meditation. Both of these ancient practices are turning up in fresh ways everywhere in the 21st century. Why? To balance and ease our stress; to provide a way to escape to your inner life and to feel healed, renewed and whole.

Facilitator: Bill Miller with Cecy Corcoran, FSPA. Tuition: sliding scale $75-$150 plus meals and lodging. Bill is a retired police officer and criminal justice teacher. He is a Vietnam vet. Bill has a masters degree in sociology and training and experience in sensitive crimes investigations. Bill got into yoga several years ago, mostly on a dare. Cecy is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read about her here.

Inner Harmony Yoga with Jenifer Ebel

Accessible, understandable and practical yoga that you can use NOW to live a happier, freer and more joyful life.

November 14-16

The simple, direct route to happiness is to harness the crazy voices in your mind (the ones that continually tell you you are not good enough, smart enough, thin enough, creative enough, brave enough, rich enough… that you are just not enough!). You can untie the knots in the body/mind with yoga postures, but physical yoga without the complimentary inner work can quickly become just another exercise while the ego continues to creatively control your life.  

If you are searching for the missing piece in your yoga, or wanting more of the “bliss” promised in yogic texts, (and who doesn’t want more bliss?) come to Inner Harmony Retreat and learn a simple (and often overlooked) yoga method to disempower the thoughts and beliefs that hold you back. It’s like scrubbing bubbles for what ails you! And it doesn’t require any extra time in your day! You can practice it while having a conversation, driving, doing dishes or any time your mind is engaged in thinking or feeling of any kind. There’s a whole lot in this world that you can do nothing about but your mental/emotional state is more accessible (and malleable) than you might imagine.

Suitable for beginners, intermediate, advanced and yoga teachers, You will move with a greater ease but even more importantly, you will have a greater appreciation for your life and the world around you, all rolled up into one big beautiful! Won’t you join us? Bring Inner Harmony to your practice and your life! Sign up early so you don’t miss out!

Facilitator: Jenifer Ebel. Tuition $250, plus meals and lodging. Jenifer has had over 30 years of study, and practice of yoga. She is a certified yoga teacher. For more information visit Also read Jenifer’s blog at

Mandala-Making: Set Free Your Inner Light of Soul

November 28-30, January 9-11, February 27-March 1

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.   

Facilitator: Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D. Tuition: sliding scale of $75-$150, plus meals and lodging and a $15 materials fee for the weekend. Retreat begins Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Gabe’s bio here. 

Read Why Create a Mandala.


Read more: November 2014 – February 2015 Preview of Retreat Programs

  • Christian meditation
  • Buddhist practice
  • Writing as spiritual practice
  • Christian mystics
  • Intuitive painting
  • Yoga
  • Jungian dreamwork
  • Sacred dance
  • St. Hildegard of Bingen annual festival
  • Mandala-making
  • Diamond Approach
  • For Women by Women
  • Aging with Grace
  • Three-year Certificate Program