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.
Please call or email to register: 715.267.7507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retreat programs begin Friday evening after supper, usually at 7 p.m. and end Sunday morning after brunch, at 12 noon, unless otherwise noted.
Holy Week Retreat
Wednesday April 1-Easter Sunday Brunch
With Fr. Frank Corradi and the Core Team Sisters
Come experience being with the Christine Center community as we enter deeply into the mystery of Christ in Holy Week. In these reflective days you may choose to participate in group meditation and liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Arrive on the 1st; retreat ends with a celebrative brunch on Sunday.
Myofacial Release Weekend
With Laramee Paradise, CMT, expert level MFR therapist.
Tuition: $25 for therapy space, plus meals and lodging.
Discover steps toward your potential as a MFR therapist. You must have taken at least one seminar by either John F. Barnes, PT or Lori Zeltwanger, PT. Contact Laramee at 612.232.4669 or email@example.com.
Cultivating Compassion: Loving-Kindness Meditation
With Henrita Frost, OSF and Johanna Seubert, FSPA, Ph.D.Tuition: sliding scale: $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.
Loving-Kindness Meditation is a method of developing Compassion. It comes from the Buddhist tradition and can be used by anyone. We invite you to experience this meditation and practice loving kindness growing in gifting yourself and others with the precious gift of compassion. The intentions of Loving Kindness meditation remind us of loving our neighbor as ourselves as Jesus taught. We join together with all religions of the world as we bond through the Golden Rule: “Do onto others as you would have others do to you.” – love your neighbor as you love yourself. Come join together and seek to cultivate compassion and let’s feel it going through our hearts out into the Global Community.
Henrita is a gifted spiritual guide and delights in the experience of facilitating spiritual deepening experiences and being inspired by those who participate. Johanna has a Doctorate in music. Her passion is the study and practice of mystical spirituality from many spiritual traditions. Both Henrita and Johanna are members of the Christine Center leadership team. Read about them here.
Mandala-Making: Set Free Your Inner Light of Soul
April 17-19; 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 Why Create a Mandala.
Poetry and Collage
With Lois Libbey-Juster
Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.
Come and explore with me through Collage and Poetry—the journey that takes you deeper within yourself to discover the gifts and abilities that come from the depth of your spirit and soul. Collage and poetry are the catalysts that help you get in touch with what you want to accomplish on your journey. These tools go beyond the censors that stop us from living a life that brings us the most joy, love and fulfillment, and give us greater access to these qualities in our everyday life. Through a variety of experiences using sound and movement and connection, this weekend will provide the opportunity to delve deep and bring out the “gold” that is in each of us. No experience in writing or creating art necessary.
Lois is a Soul Centered Energy Healer who has studied both Eastern and Western Psychology and Spirituality. She is a co-founder of the Minnesota Institute for Psychosynthesis and completed a Buckman Fellowship for Leadership in Philanthropy at the University of Minnesota in 2014. Her project for the fellowship was “Becoming Your Authentic Self: Transforming Your Life through Poetry and Collage”.
Aging into Higher Consciousness
Awake the Potential to Shape Aging
April 22-24 (Wednesday-Friday)
With Delmarie Gibney and Lucia Leck
Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging. Begins at 7 p.m.
Join us in exploring aging as nature’s way of luring us deep into the discovery of who we are, bringing us to the pinnacle of our personal and spiritual development.
Hosted in the spring of the year when life is being coaxed into new beginnings, this workshop is designed to actively engage us in shaping our own aging process, instead of passively drifting into old age.
During this interactive workshop, we will awaken to new ways of engaging in our aging process, including life review, forgiveness work, issues surrounding our mortality, and the essential role of spiritual development in our later years, including serving others and leaving a legacy.Anyone who is interested in shaping their own aging process is invited.
Delmarie Gibney, FSPA holds a Doctorate of Ministry from the Episcopal Divinity School in Boston. She brings an abundance of skills from her many roles in life, including 18 years as director of WomanWell. Currently she is one of the facilitators for the Spiritual Direction Formation Program at Wisdom Ways, as well as facilitating discussion groups dealing with a variety of topics aimed to deepen participants’ lives. She says, “To be an elder in the 21st century holds great energy and excitement for me.”
Lucia Leck holds a Masters degree in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University. She is a graduate of WomanWell Spiritual Direction Program as well as being certified as a Sage-ing Leader from Sage-ing International. She has co-facilitated workshops on aging around the Midwest. She loves to share her passion for consciously living and aging.
Your Dreams are Alive!
With Marge Zulaski, OSF, Psy.D.
Tuition: $100, plus meals and lodging.
Dreams communicate something that is needed for your current life situation. There is an “intelligence” within your psyche that seeks your attention via the dream. This experiential weekend provides practices for making connections with your dreams and for ongoing tending to dream symbols. Only you, the dreamer, can know what your dream means because you experience something that comes “alive” for you as you explore your dreams. With a group of 4 to 8 people, you will have time to work with dreams and learn how others experience their dreams. Preparation: write your dreams and bring your dream stories to the workshop.
Marge is a depth psychologist and Jungian Analyst with a special interest in dreams as a way to wholeness. She is a member of the Christine Center leadership team. Read her bio here. Picture is of “Dreamer of Malta”, 3000 B.C.
Praying with Sacred Sound
With Sister Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.D. and Wendy Kohlhaas, ICS, CSAC, LPN.
Tuition: sliding scale, $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.
Two practices make up the framework of this retreat. Both are based on praying from the heart with a minimal of words. One practice cultivates deep listening and the other is a response that may be as subtle as a breath or as lovely as a word.
Experience wordless prayer as you inwardly rest in the essence of sound. One learns the art of deep listening by experiencing silence. In this retreat you will find your own response to the resonant tones of gemstone singing bowls. “When I attune my intention in silent awareness the tones allow me to release tensions and respond more freely moment to moment.”
To pray with sacred sound is also to let your own breath carry what your soul holds in its hidden places. In breath, out breath; giving and receiving: this subtle exchange done with intention when enhanced by a tone, an “ahh,” for example, sends healing prayers to the world. Repeating a tone, word or chant is an ancient practice found in most spiritual traditions.
Those who make this retreat will discover in the sounding skill of Wendy Kohlhaas an exceptionally sensitive leader who provides a balance of sound and silence. The retreat will move between our deep presence to the toning of the bowls and our response in voice through breath and chants lead by Cecilia Corcoran.
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. Singing crystal bowls will be used to create calming, healing frequencies.
S. Cecilia is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Cecy’s bio here. Wendy is a drug and addictions counselor and is developing a practice of Sound Healing and Energy Medicine.
Intuitive Painting: Free to Paint from Soul
April 24-26; July 24-26
With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.
Tuition: sliding scale of $125-$250, 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 www.michelecassou.com.
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.
Read Gabe’s article on the Exhilaration of Intuitive Painting on our blog. Watch this inspiring video.
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!
Settling the Mind and Waking Up the Body with Michael Stone
5:30 pm on Friday May 1 through noon on Monday May 4
To register: Registration Form
Develop a meditation practice that’s grounded in the body. Discover the non-conceptual nature of the mind, deep settling of the body, and the support of community. You will experience the benefits of mindfulness meditation in the context of a retreat. This retreat is organized to give new students plenty of support in establishing a meditation practice and making the links between settling the mind while using yoga postures as vehicles to look deeply into our lives. Retreats are where most students experience breakthroughs in their practice.
Shôken Michael Stone illuminates the ancient teachings and practices of Vipassana meditation, yoga and Mahayana Buddhism for a postmillennial age. Internationally recognized as a transformative visionary, teacher and agent of social change, his work manifests the fusion of committed spiritual practice and social action.
Health and Inner Peace with Relaxation and Full Natural BreathingMay 22-24
With Roberta Hodges
Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging. Begins at 2:00 p.m. Monday.
Relaxation of body and breath releases the tensions caused by stress in your life. Helpful 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 (See April 17)
With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.
With Susan Mickel, MD, PhD
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
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.
Diamond Approach to Inner Work
June 11-14, September 3-6, December 10-13
With Carol Carbon.
To register: Johanna Seubert at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
With Rob Schultz. Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.
“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.
Rob is a professional-level Kripalu yoga teacher and Reiki Master. He has been the owner of Point Yoga since 2008.
Embracing the Soul’s Knowing
With Tom and Sara Hurley
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
With Jenifer Ebel
Tuition: $250, plus meals and lodging
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 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.
S. Cecilia is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Cecy’s bio here.
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.
“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
Note as of March 27: Many more retreat programs will be posted in the next few days.
- Christian meditation
- Buddhist practice
- Writing as spiritual practice
- Christian mystics
- Intuitive painting
- Jungian dreamwork
- Sacred dance
- St. Hildegard of Bingen annual festival
- Diamond Approach
- By Women for Women
- Kindness Meditation
- Three-year Certificate Program