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.

Holy Week Retreat
April 16-20

Come experience being with the Christine Center community as we enter deeply into the mystery of Christ in Holy Week. We offer quiet and reflective days. Choose to participate in group meditation and the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. We’ll close with a celebrative brunch on Sunday.

Facilitators: Christine Center Core Team with Fr. Frank Corradi. Cost: $300 (includes all meals and four nights in guest house or modern hermitage); $250 (includes all meals and four nights in rustic hermitage).

Sacred Dance and Meditation Retreat
April 25-27

Sacred Dance is a way to elevate the consciousness and experience group unity. Through the combined efforts of singing, music, sacred phrases from many different traditions, and movement, participants are steeped in the life energy which opens the heart and leads to deeper meditative experience. The Dances are a joyous, multi-cultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others, and will be coupled with times for silent meditation to help deepen the experience. The retreat is open to all. No previous music or dance experience is necessary.

Facilitators: Johanna Seubert, FSPA; Henrita Frost, SSND. Tuition: $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.

Henrita and Johanna are members of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read their bios here.

Yoga with Heart
April 25-27

Want more out of your yoga practice than a great Downward Dog? Asanas (postures) are the foundation for a deep, rich, authentic life and a means of cultivating equanimity. We’ll discuss common barriers American Yogis face and how to remove them. The schedule includes: daily Hatha Yoga classes, basic meditation, and coursework that’s a culmination of esoteric and contemporary wisdom.

Facilitator: Rob Schultz. Tuition $150, plus meals and lodging.

Rob Schultz is a professional-level Kripalu yoga teacher. Rob’s life work has been synthesizing the teachings of yoga, western psychology, and the world’s metaphysical traditions. To alleviate chronic back pain, he turned to yoga in the mid 90′s and has been owner/operator of Point Yoga since 2008. His undergraduate studies were in religion. Visit

Yoga Nidra

April 27-28

Yoga Nidra is the most powerful relaxation technique known. It means yogic sleep, conscious deep sleep. As simple as guided relaxation, it takes one into supreme relaxation of the body and the most profound stillness of the mind. This transformingly deep, blissful state of consciousness is the perfect condition for physical and emotional healing and also brings one into a deep state of meditation. It is particularly successful in treating diseases and discomfort caused by stress and is very effective for those suffering from physical, mental and emotional exhaustion.

Facilitator: Roberta Hodges. Tuition: $95, plus meals and lodging. 

Roberta Hodges has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga in the Himalayan tradition for 25 years, including Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and more recently, Tantra Yoga. She has made several trips to India for study, practice and inspiration. She is also a practicing massage therapist and energy worker.

Spiritual Awakening

May 23-25

“There is being asleep. There is being awake. And there is being awakened.”

-Amrit Desai

Please join us for a weekend of meditation and exploration on the subject of awakening: waking up to Spirit moving in your life, to your creativity, to the manifestation of your heart’s desire. The possibilities of awakening are endless. Come breathe new life into areas of your life that have been closed off. We’ll use meditation as a vehicle in each of the five sessions. We will learn to quiet the mind and discern what barriers we may be holding onto that prevent us from being more awake to Spirit in its many manifestations in our everyday lives. Meditation, journaling and small group work will help to provide contemplative focus. Bring a notebook for journaling, an open heart and a sense of humor! You will be encouraged to attend all five 2-hour sessions beginning on Friday evening and ending with brunch on Sunday.

Facilitator: Mike Ward. Cost: meals and lodging.

Instead of tuition, we’re asking for donations to install much needed new ceiling lights in the dining room. We’ve arranged for local artist Rick Sturtz to provide us with beautiful pre-war globes. Tuition for similar programs is $150-$300.

Mike Ward is a retired psychotherapist from Boston, MA. A practitioner of meditation and yoga for many years, he brings an experienced and joyous soul to this inner work. For additional information, call Mike at 617.877.6938 or e-mail him at

Volunteer Weekend

May 30-June 1

Calling for a weekend of work and fun! You’ll meet interesting people, share the good food of our table, and have a sense of accomplishment as we work on the trails, gardens, and grounds. If you would prefer to come during the week of June 9-12, please call Cecy Corcoran at 715.267.7507. Register early to reserve your shared room, or choose to tent. Meals and lodging are provided.

Buddhist Psychology Retreat
May 30-June 1

Buddhist psychology, the abhidharma, offers a psychology of liberation. This course will help beginning and experienced meditators to be able to track the processes of how suffering arises from sensory input and how it releases, increasing positive states and decreasing negative states, tracking intention, and balancing positive states in a way that sets up awakening. We will use the Indo-Tibetan way of concentrating the mind called the Nine States of the Mind-staying as a meditative vehicle.

Facilitator: Susan Mickel, M.D., Ph.D. Tuition: $200, plus meals and lodging. 

Susan Mickel is a meditation practitioner and teacher. She has been teaching Buddhist retreats in the Burmese mindfulness tradition and Tibetan Mahamudra for the past twelve years. She learned Burmese mindfulness meditation from several teachers, practicing at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and other centers. Daniel Brown, PhD and Rahob Tulku Thupten Kalsang Rinpoche are her current teachers of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Susan practiced for many years as a behavioral neurologist; she has completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. For more bio information visit

Mahamudra Level II
June 1-8

Facilitator: Susan Mickel, M.D., Ph.D.

For more information or to register visit

Introduction to Christian Meditation

June 7, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Come away for a day of spiritual time and rest awhile. Learn to pray the prayer of presence. Learn to listen to God’s still quiet voice within. This retreat is for everyone of faith regardless of your church, for people of no faith or those who have lost faith. All are welcome to a life that includes prayer.

Facilitator: Cecy Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.D. 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 her bio here.

Diamond Approach to Inner Work

June 13-15, 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


Listening to your soul; Navigating Life’s Transitions

June 17-19

Welcome the summer with a special gift of tuning in to your inner wisdom. The Christine Center provides a quiet and sacred natural space for calming and gently turning inward. Stepping off the “fast track” to refresh, renew and remember is a wonderful gift and that is what you’ll get during this retreat! Experience a variety of practices focused on mind, body and spirit awareness – from seeing nature through a new lens to practicing breath awareness to learning through visual images. These are just some of the practices which are all aimed at helping you navigate life’s unfolding after the retreat. The workshop will be experiential and reflective and each participant will leave with an extensive resource list for future use. This workshop is appropriate for anyone committed to their spiritual journey.

Facilitators: Linda Cates and Genevieve Kirchman. Tuition: sliding scale of $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.

Linda Cates has been studying and practicing creating an internal awareness and stillness for the last ten years, and has a special relationship to the Christine Center as a Board Member devoted to the sustainability and mission of this sacred space. She is a resource development professional from Southeastern Wisconsin and recently transitioned from a long-term position in a hospice organization to spend more time with her new husband and launch her consulting services.

Genevieve Kirchman’s personal vision is to support a world where everyone is valued and connected. She is a lifelong learner with a renewed focus on spiritual self-awareness and meaningful connections. Genevieve brings her enthusiasm for life and 25 years of teaching social and emotional learning to her work. For the last ten years she has enriched both her professional and personal life through meditation and other self-awareness practices. Most recently, she was certified as a facilitator for SoulCollage® and is excited to share this process with others to enhance their own discovery.

Your Dreams are Alive!
June 20-22

Explore the invisible world of dreams and experience the wisdom of your dreams. Marge approaches dream study with the idea that your dream is communicating something that you need for your current life situation, that there is an “intelligence” at the center of your psyche that seeks to grab your attention via the dream. Carl Jung names this intelligence the “Self.” This experiential program shows you how to make connections with your dreams and how to continue to work with your dream symbols on your own. Only you, the dreamer, can know what your dream means because the dreamer experiences something that comes “alive” while exploring their dream. That sense of aliveness is our goal in this dream program. In a weekend with a group of 4 to 8 people, you will have time to work with your dream and to learn from how others experience their dreams.

Facilitator: Marge Zulaski, OSF. Tuition: $100, plus meals and lodging.

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

Myofascial Release Weekend

June 20-22

This retreat is a feast of Myofascial Release Therapy for MFR therapists and by MFR therapists. You must have taken at least one seminar by John F. Barnes, PT. Some say we become what and who we spend our time with. If this is true, then participants in this MFR retreat can be assured of their continued growth toward optimal potential as MFR therapists and human beings released from their limitations. 

Facilitator: Laramee Paradise, CMT, Expert level MFR therapist. Tuition: none. Just meals and lodging, plus a small fee of about $25 for use of the shared therapy space. For more information about the retreat program, contact Laramee at 612.232.4669 or Photo taken at the last MFR retreat at the Christine Center.

Aging with Grace
June 27-29

As people live longer than ever before, we have an opportunity to find meaning and grace from within, focusing on spiritual growth and maturity, renewal, and service. Life continues to call us to deeper and greater potential, and to harvest the wisdom of life’s experiences for the enhancement of the world we live in. The retreat will help participants reflect on the quality of their inner life and find ways to broaden their spiritual life and understanding, and share this with others.

Facilitators: Henrita Frost, SSND and 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 their bios here.

Compassionate Acceptance: A mindful path to healing life’s wounds
June 27-29

We all carry with us a store of life’s hurts, betrayals, and traumas. Much of the impact of these experiences resides deeply in our nerves and cells of our bodies, to be relived repeatedly throughout our lives. Too often, we develop a type of aversion to these hurts; a kind of wishing they would go away. 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 need healing. This retreat will provide a 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.

Facilitator: Tom Roberts. Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

Thomas Roberts is a Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist in private practice (Innerchange Counseling) in Onalaska, Wisconsin. He has 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, Wisconsin where he teaches Mindfulness and Recovery, and Positive Psychology classes. He is also adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud Minnesota Community Counseling and Community Psychology Program where he teaches courses in mindful approaches to mind-body healing. Over the past 25 years, Thomas has become a leader in the fields of mind-body healing, clinical hypnotherapy, and mindfulness. He has worked in a variety of settings from inpatient addiction treatment programs to his present private practice, where he specializes in hypnotherapy and mindfulness therapy with particular emphasis on developing and presenting his unique approach to mind-body healing.

Embracing the Soul’s Knowing

June 27-29

What are the questions that won’t go away, that keep you up at night, or that surface when you’re most contemplative? And what if the guidance you need for them is already present and waiting for you? In this spacious and illuminating weekend, we’ll enter into deeper relationship with our soul’s knowing, that sacred “yes” in our innermost being to what is healthy, healing, and true for us. We’ll explore how our unique inner guidance systems work and what it takes to trust them with every question in our lives, large or small. We’ll learn how to listen to and embrace what we most need in our lives, work, and relationships – and open to what’s calling us now from our own hearts and the world. Come with an open mind and heart, and be prepared for deep personal reflection, generative conversation, unexpected insights, and creative play!

Facilitators: Tom and Sara Hurley. Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

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. He works with individuals and teams in many different settings.

Sara Hurley is a spiritual counselor and lover of God and nature who has been a teacher in the Diamond Approach work for more than 15 years.

July 4th Holiday Weekend

July 3-6

Imagine a get-away that includes all the lovely features of time and space in the deep woods of Wisconsin. Opportunities to get into the quiet of contemplative practice or run away to fresh-water lakes nearby for a cooling dip or a strenuous hike. For the hidden artist in you, our HOPE Studio will be open and Gabriele Uhlein will be drawing you to new awareness and delight with color and the splash of paint (see below). Len Bandillo will be with us on Saturday for exercises, teachings, sharing Native American wisdom and tradition. Saturday night he’ll welcomes us into the circle at the fire (see below).

This is a time for friends and family. Camp sites available for tenting.     

Free to Paint from Soul!

July 3-6

Come remember how to paint from Soul, freely and without judgment. Follow Nature’s abundant energy and give yourself to the creative process, letting each brushstroke be fresh and true. What a joy to paint with integrity from pure, creative intuition!

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.

A Day of Native American Earth, Fire and Air

July 5   

Come celebrate the 4th of July weekend on the land and become grounded with earth energies. Len Badillo of the Bear Clan will lead healing breathwork and movements to create balance. He will provide medicine wheel teachings and the haunting, beautiful sounds of his native flutes. The day will end with a pipe ceremony and a talking circle at the fire pit. Appropriate for all ages.

Facilitator: Len Badillo. Tuition: $100 and $20 children under 18, plus meals and optional lodging for this one day event. Begins 9:00 a.m. and closes after dark. Camping available.

Len Badillo, LMT is a Shiatsu therapist and Native Healer. He is member of the Native American Church and leads Native American flute circles and ceremonies throughout the Midwest.

Praying with Sacred Sound

July 11-13

Learn the many spiritual and healing benefits of chanting. Learn how to let tones, vibrations, and frequencies fill your consciousness as we chant together. We chant to fill ourselves with gratitude, healing, surrender, praise. We listen to experience a field of harmonic sound that is permeated with love. As we vocalize our heart’s desire through simple chants, we surrender to the healing power of sound. We come to be more present to ourselves and to one another. The Christine Center is ideal to host this program with our meditation hall, which has an amazing resonance for voice. Every voice is welcome. No skill or ability is required.

Facilitators: Cecy Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.D. and Wendy Kohlhaas. Tuition: sliding scale of $75-$150, plus meals and lodging.

Both women studied with Jonathan Goldman’s Healing Sounds Intensive in 2013 and did a long practice of toning and chanting. Wendy is a drug and addictions counselor. Cecy is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read Cecy’s bio here.

Writer as Shaman

July 11-13

Writer as Shaman is a unique experiential contemplative learning opportunity. It is for writers of all levels who long to transcend the world of everyday realities and immerse themselves in the mystical worlds of their muses. This weekend is about learning to let go and delving deeply into our inner worlds in order to access our own deep resources, especially those hidden from our conscious awareness. It is about creating a sacred space conducive to inner play, it’s about cultivating our imaginations and sharing our stories. Most importantly, it is about accessing the power of words to transform our lives. A lofty, but attainable goal, only you can prove to yourself.

If you feel called, please join us. Together, we will take ourselves out of ordinary time and leave our computers behind. All you need is your journal and an open mind. Consider setting intentions to write into your own healing, wholeness, vision, or future—for the stories you take away will be the stories only you can tell.

Facilitator: Bridget Birdsall. Tuition: TBA, plus meals and lodging.

Bridget Birdsall is an author, artist, teacher and speaker. Despite a life-long struggle with dyslexia, Bridget made a mid-life decision to pursue her MFA in Writing for Young Adults and Children. Bridget has taught writing related courses throughout the Madison area, including local high schools as a guest artist, Madison College and Edgewood College. She introduced the Writer as Shaman through the Division of Continuing Studies at UW Madison where it received rave reviews and is often wait-listed. Bridget is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Her first independently published book,Ordinary Angels, based on her own life experience, landed her a New York literary agent. Recently Sky Pony Press acquired the rights to her YA (Young Adult) novel, Double Exposure, expected out this fall. Bridget believes that by writing our stories we can access the higher wisdom within our soul. Learn more at

Yoga Nidra
July 11-13

Yoga Nidra is the most powerful relaxation technique known. It means yogic sleep, conscious deep sleep. As simple as guided relaxation, it takes one into supreme relaxation of the body and the most profound stillness of the mind. This transformingly deep, blissful state of consciousness is the perfect condition for physical and emotional healing and also brings one into a deep state of meditation. It is particularly successful in treating diseases and discomfort caused by stress and is very effective for those suffering from physical, mental and emotional exhaustion.

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

Roberta Hodges has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga in the Himalayan tradition for 25 years, including Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and more recently, Tantra Yoga. She has made several trips to India for study, practice and inspiration. She is also a practicing massage therapist and energy worker.

Meditation and the Practice of Loving Kindness

July 25-27

We invite you to enhance your meditation practice and experience quiet and renewal. With an emphasis on the cultivation of loving-kindness, reminiscent of loving your neighbor as yourself, Jesus taught, we can develop compassion for ourselves and others. When troubled by diffiult emotional situations and the pressures of our lives, this skill can help us deal with them. Life’s challenges can become sweetened and changed, and your mind and heart can become open and calm with this form of concentration meditation.

Facilitators: Henrita Frost, SSND and 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.

Soul Collage

July 25-27

Come learn and practice Soul Collage, a very simple yet powerful collage process to create your own deck of inner guidance cards based on the many parts of your Self.

Facilitator: Audrey Chowdhury. Register at For more information email Audrey Chowdhury at

Audrey Chowhdury, MS, ATR-BC, is a board certified art therapist, a SoulCollage Facilitator/Trainer, and a certified practitioner of Integrative Breathwork by Jacquelyn Small of Austin, Texas. She has been presenting retreats and workshops for several years in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and beyond. She loves witnessing the unfolding of wisdom, beauty, and deeply felt connections that occur during transformational inner work. Her style has been described as intuitive, warm, encouraging, open, and inviting.

Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-Inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poet

July 25-27

writing retreatPath to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry, is the model for the retreat. You are invited to play with words and rediscover your connection with the sacred through the aliveness of language. Through sensory and poetic exercises you are invited to explore some of the poetic forms, such as simile and metaphor, present in the Psalms and other poetry. A splendid range of other poets including Rumi, St. Francis, Mary Oliver, Rilke, Emily Dickinson, Leonard Cohen and others are heard to expand our imaginations as we contemplate what we want to express about gratitude, joy, ecstasy, love, lament, wisdom, vision and other spiritual themes that are emerging for us. This retreat requires no familiarity with either the Bible or poetry. Both seasoned writers and those who have never put pen to paper are welcome to explore the thin spaces where creative writing and spiritual self-expression meet.

Facilitator: Ray McGinnis. Tuition: sliding scale $150-200, plus meals and lodging.

Ray McGinnis is the designer and instructor of Write to the Heart workshops. He is a graduate of the Center for Journal Therapy, in Lakewood, Colorado. He studied with Kathleen Adams, author of Journal To The Self: 22 Paths To Personal Growth. He is a published poet and studied poetry through the Banff Centre for Fine Arts Writing With Style program in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Ray has facilitated groups for over thirty years. His writing workshops have been in demand at health-care facilities, educational settings, churches, retreat settings, professional groups and conferences across North America.

Since 1999 he has taught over 13,000 people to write and gather in writer’s circles to write, share and learn together. Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-Inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry is his first published book through Northstone (2005). Learn more by visiting

Get to Know your Chakras Adventure

August 3-7 (Sunday through Thursday)

Come learn how our Chakras spin for us and why that is so important to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. You will learn about these seven main energy centers, where they are located in our energy anatomy, what they do for us, and how we can take care of them for our optimal health. Learn that by changing our energy, we change our life. A key reference will be The Energetics of Healing by Caroline Myss. There will be lots of time for quiet reflection, journaling and meditative walks.

Facilitator: Stephanie Lovlien, LMT. Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

Stephanie Lovlien has an extensive background in business sales and management. In 2007 she changed direction and graduated from Windermere Institute of Healing Arts and has been in the healing arts ever since. Visit

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

August 10-24

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. 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 eight years. He is honored to serve as a channel for transformational healing and hold a steady, compassionate platform for each person’s unique, Divine journey back to full union with the Self.

Facilitator: Efrén Solanas. Tuition: $1,500 plus meals and lodging.

Efrén is the founder of Senderos de Luz and leads sacred treks in the high Andes of Peru. He is certified to teach many levels of the Frequencies of Brilliance by the founder, Christine Day. He lives in Minneapolis. Contact Efrén for further information or to register at

“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, CA

Broken Open by Love: an Invitation to Sacred Activism plus an afternoon of Rumi with Andrew Harvey

August 15-17

A collaboration between the Christine Center and Holy Wisdom Monastery, the event will be held at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, WI (Madison).  Read about it and register online at Holy Wisdom Monastery or download a mail-in application here

Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion in action that marries the fire of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice. We have entered a critical time in human history. The more people who engage love in action, the greater the hope for the fruits of meditation and for the survival of our planet, its people and all life on earth.

On Sunday afternoon, Andrew Harvey, the author of Rumi, The Way of Passion, will read from the poet’s work and present his vision of Rumi’s mystical journey. You’ll discover how to apply Rumi’s philosophy of revelation, ecstasy, and suffering to your own authentic mystical growth as a Sacred Activist.

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

Holding Center, Seeing True! A Summer Mandala Retreat

August 22-24

As we approach mid-summer, we honor being in the thick of creation, in the midst of nature and the fullness of life. When life is full, we need to hold center more than ever. These days offer opportunity for mandala-making amid the challenges and demands of our lives in these unusual and ever changing times.

Faciltiator: Gabriele Uhlein, Ph.D., OSF. Tuition: sliding scale of $125-$250, with $15 art materials fee, plus meals and lodging. Begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. Read about her here.

Wild Brush of Soul: Summer Intuitive Painting Experience

August 29-31

As 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.

Silent Retreat with Individual Spiritual Guidance

August 24-30

Enter this silent retreat for listening to your soul in our peaceful, natural sanctuary. Opportunities for deepening include group meditation, Eucharistic liturgy, and the wonders of nature. You may choose to have private sessions daily for spiritual guidance and personal discernment. Individual spiritual guidance invites deep listening to God’s presence and movement in your life. Although the retreat is for six nights, you are welcome to extend your stay.

Spiritual Guidance: Sr. Marge Zulaski and Fr. Tom Borkowski. 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.

Andrea Russell Yoga

September 12-14

Yoga Without Postures
September 14-15

Facilitator: Roberta Hodges

Hildegard Fest
September 19-21

Facilitator: S. Gabriele Uhlein

Jenifer Ebel Yoga Retreat

October 24-26

SoulCollage® and Yoga Retreat

October 31-November 2

Facilitators: Lolly Bower and MaryAnne Schoenike

Christian Mystics

November 14-16

Facilitator: Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.

  • 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


Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin



Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.  

Saint Teresa of Avila





We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.

Henri J.M. Nouwen




Reflections from Rumi
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.
You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.




If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders.

Andrew Harvey