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.

Introduction to Christian Meditation

October 4 and/or December 20, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 

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

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.

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.

Two Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Retreats
with Susan Mickel, M.D., Ph.D.

To register:

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.

Health and Inner Peace with Relaxation and Full Natural Breathing

October 27-29 and December 8-9 

with Roberta Hodges

Tuition: $150 for October 27-29, plus meals and lodging.

Tuition: $95 for December 8-9, plus meals and lodging.

Begins at 2:00 p.m. Mondays.

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.

SoulCollage® and Yoga

October 31-November 2

With MaryAnne Schoenike and Lolly Bower

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

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.

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.

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.

Men’s Intro to Yoga men's yogaand Meditation

October 31-November 1 and January 9-10

With Bill Miller and Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.D.

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

Come sneak away for a day to try something you may never have done before: Yoga and meditatation. 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.

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.

Francis: The Saint and a Pope – a spirit and a name for our time.

November 14-16

With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.

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

St. Francis belongs to the whole world.  More people recognize St. Francis than any other Catholic saint, and for the first time, a pope has chosen his name.  S. Gabriele, a long-time Franciscan scholar, will bring alive the profound wisdom of St. Francis for seekers of all faiths with vivid images, colorful stories and contemporary insights. 

This retreat experience is designed to offer anyone who wishes, no matter their spiritual path, an opportunity to discover the rich spiritual heritage that inspires Pope Francis and an experience of that same Franciscan spirit alive here at the Christine Center.  Let’s contemplate and celebrate the most beloved of all saints, and consider together why a pope would chose Francis as his name.

S. Gabriele is a Franciscan scholar and long-time retreat facilitator. In addition she is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read her bio 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

Tuition $250, plus meals and lodging. Also read Jenifer’s blog at

  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!

Jenifer has had over 30 years of study, and practice of yoga. 

Sacred Dance and personal wellness retreat iconMeditation

November 21-23

With Henrita Frost, SSND and Johanna Seubert, FSPA

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

Through 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.

Henrita and Johanna are members of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read about them here.

Intuitive Painting: Free to Paint from Soul

November 21-23, January 23-25, February 20-22

With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.

Tuition: sliding scale of $150-$275, plus meals and lodging. $10 per day studio fee. Retreat begins Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Come experience creativity, intuition and beauty for the nourishment of Soul. Based on the pioneering work of Michele Cassou, Intuitive Painting allows you to paint freely and without judgment, critique, performance, or product. Painting from pure intuition brings the joy of reconnecting with Soul. Bring your friends and share the adventure of painting from Essence. Visit

You are welcome to come for as much or as little as your schedule allows. No experienced needed; we provide all non-toxic artist quality materials. Just bring a smock or apron and your readiness to let your soul speak.

Gabriele has explored art as spiritual practice for many years and has trained in the Intuitive Painting method of Michele Cassou’s Point Zero. Her art and spirituality sessions integrate contemplation with creativity and intuition, offering a unique opportunity for spiritual insight and deep self-exploration. Gabriele also offers individual intuition training and creativity coaching sessions. Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Gabe’s bio here.

Yoga Nidra: The Healing Power of Extreme Relaxation

November 21-23, February 27-March 1

With Roberta Hodges. Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

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.

Mandala-Making: Set Free Your Inner Light of Soul

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

With 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. 

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 Why Create a Mandala.

Diamond Approach to Inner Work

December 12-14, March 12-15, June 11-14, September 3-6, December 10-13

With Carol Carbon.

To register: Johanna Seubert at 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.

The Christine Center is closed December 24, 25, and 26
Greeting the New Year with Silence, Soul and Centered Grace

December 27-January 1

With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.

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

Begin 2015 with grace and spiritual poise! These retreat days are an opportunity to attune to the wonderful energy and transformative power of Silence. Participants are invited to join in the contemplative schedule of the Christine Center and to be nourished by both the deep winter quiet and our delicious vegetarian meals.

S. Gabriele will facilitate a daily morning session for ongoing spiritual deepening and mindfulness practice. There is an optional conversation circle each evening. Experience a special New Year’s Eve ritual and celebration. Individual spiritual guidance is also available for an additional fee. 

S. Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read her bio here.

Yoga with Nancy Boler

January 22-25

Come deepen your yoga, meditation, and relaxation practice. Five classes will be offered each day. Choose to attend all or just a few. The retreat begins Thursday evening at 5:30 supper and ends on Sunday after brunch.

For more information and to register, contact Nancy at 612-724-7311 or Visit

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat

February 13-15

Come learn two traditions in one weekend: yoga postures and mindfulness meditation. The retreat will be silent, alternating periods of yoga and sitting meditation. There will be leadership at all of the sessions and instructions at most of them, with opportunities to ask questions, group discussion, and talks integrating the two practices with day-to-day life. No prior knowledge of either tradition is necessary to attend. There will be sadhana for experienced yoga practitioners as well as yoga instruction for those new to the practice.  

Facilitators: Pamela Eyden and Susan Mickel, M.D., Ph.D.  Tuition: $200, plus meals and lodging.

Pamela Eyden is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has taught in the Winona community and at Winona State University for many years. She is a long-time meditator, and has found yoga to be very helpful in centering her mind and relieving her restless body. She works as a writer and editor for Big River Magazine.

Susan Mickel, M.D, Ph.Dhas been meditating for over twenty years. For twelve years she has been teaching Buddhist retreats in the Burmese mindfulness tradition first, and also in Tibetan Mahamudra. 

Sacred Space Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat

February 20-22 and July 3-5

As women, we need sacred space, a healing center, a safe harbor. You retreat not only for yourself, but as a symbol of love to each person in your life, knowing when you come home from retreat your relationships are deeper and fuller. This retreat is for women who are letting go of stuck energy, creating space for joy, peace, contentment. Mamas who feel overwhelmed and need space to lighten their load. Business owners who realize their schedules have overtaken their joy, their personal lives. A weekend of entering each moment without excess baggage, a weekend of lifting your spirit and listening to what matters to you.

Facilitator: Beck Anderson. Tuition: $100, plus meals and lodging. Beck E-RYT200 has been practicing yoga for 13 years and teaching since 2011. She is the founder and owner of The Yoga Place in Menominee, Michigan since 2012. As a yoga teacher, Beck emphasizes finding contentment where you are and her retreats are meant to guide you back to true joy and peace and a new appreciation for your life. Visit Questions? or call 651-308-9367.

Praying with Sacred Sound

February 27-March 1

Tune in to the healing vibrations of singing bowls and discover depths of resonance within yourself that becomes prayer. Chant the Holy Name and participate in the inner work of healing, surrender and redemption. Respond in stillness and meditation as you focus your intention on healing for ourselves and the planet. The Christine Center offers this retreat in the remarkable acoustic space of Mary of the Angels Chapel. Every voice is welcome. No skill or ability is required. Both facilitators studied with Jonathan Goldman’s Healing Sounds Intensive in 2013.  

Facilitators: Sister Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.d and Wendy Kohlhaas, ICS, CSAC, LPN. Tuition: sliding scale, $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.

Cecy has a Ph.D. in Women’s Religious Studies and has particular skill in integrating outward experience with inward deepening. Before coming to the Christine Center more than eight years ago, Cecy co-facilitated international pilgrimages and immersion experiences in Latin America and Europe. That’s why she was delighted when offered the opportunity to explore Russia and the Baltics this past fall. Seeing the world from another’s perspective calls her to deeper appreciation and solidarity. She may be physically located at the Christine Center but her world view is broad and deep. She views the power of intention and the very act of breathing a way of being connected across the planet.  She celebrates this by chanting together as a form of prayer. Wendy is a drug and addictions counselor and is developing a practice of Sound Healing and Energy Medicine.

Annual by Women for Women

March 6-8

Join our exciting and dynamic annual fest for women who want to explore together. The retreat is facilitated by women donating their talents and wisdom in wondrous and varied ways. Expect deepening and creative experiences. Call to discuss the possibility of being a guest facilitator. No tuition; cost is meals and lodging.

  • 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