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

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

The Wild Rowing Into God

A Special Collaborative Event 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

Tuition: $220 includes Saturday lunch. Register online here.

Read this article, Wild Rowing Into God, by Gail and Gabe describing the benefits they want you to receive by attending.

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

Gabriele 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.

Sound and Silence:  A Meditation Retreat with Gemstone Bowls and Sacred Chant

August 28-30

Cecy Corcoran, FSPA, PhD (left) and Wendy Kohlhaas

Tuition: $125.00, plus meals and lodging.

This retreat is a prayer of the heart intoned through simple chanting and the harmonic sounds resonating from gemstone singing bowls. The Sound and Silence Retreat will quicken your spirit as sound and breath allows for deep inner healing. Using the sound heard and sung  as prayer we revitalize our core energy and enter profound silence.

The program will alternate meditation sessions with Wendy toning the gem stone crystal bowls and meditation sessions in which Cecy leads sacred chants to move us into silence. Participants can build into their retreat the option of spiritual guidance, walking meditation, solitude and meals in silence.

Sound and Silence responds to the soul’s hunger by inviting you into this place where stillness calls you. 

Cecilia is a member of the Christine Center leadership team and a long-time meditator. Read her bio here.

Wendy Kohlhaas has 26 years experience helping to restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit as an addiction counselor and nurse. Wendy continues to evolve her spiritual healing practice, Celestial Sounds, intuitively using gemstone crystal bowls, intention, tones and mantras.

Diamond Approach to Inner Work

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.

Yoga and Meditation with Andrea Russell

September 11-13

Tuition: $225, plus meals and lodging

Register directly through Andrea at


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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.

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:

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 celebrate 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.

Relax and Renew Yoga Retreat

September 23-25 (Wednesday-Friday)

With Sue Redmond

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

Come focus on relaxing, relieving stress, gentle restorative and yin yoga, walks in the woods, healthy home cooked meals and meeting new people. This retreat is 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. Meditation sessions at the center 7 am and 5 pm included.

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.

37 Practices of Bodhisattva

September 25-27

With Susan Mickel, MD, PhD

More information:

To register:

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

For more information and to register see above.

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

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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 program 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

Intuitive Painting: Free to Paint from Soul
October 8-11; November 12-15; January 7-10 (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.

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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 Gabriele’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!

Introduction to Yoga and Meditation

October 16-18, November 27-29, January 1-3

With Bill Miller and Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, PhD

Tuition: sliding scale $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. Cecilia is a member of the Christine Center leadership team and a long-time meditator.

Yoga with Tara Cindy Sherman

October 16-18

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Yoga Nidra: The Healing Power of Extreme Relaxation

October 19-20 (Monday-Tuesday)

With Roberta Hodges

Tuition: $95 plus meals and lodging. Begins at 2:00 p.m. Monday.

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.

Aging into Higher Consciousness:  Awake the Potential to Shape Aging

October 28-30 (Wednesday-Friday). Begins at 7 p.m.

With Delmarie Gibney, FSPA (left) and Lucia Leck

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging

 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.

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.

Sounding Surrender, Sounding Gratitude: Praying with Sacred Sound

October 30-November 1

With 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.

Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.D. and Wendy Kohlhaas both studied with Jonathan Goldman’s Healing Sounds Intensive in 2013, completing a long practice of toning and chanting. Sister Cecilia Corcoran has a Ph.D. in Women’s Religious Studies and is a member of the Christine Center Core Team. Wendy (to the right) is a drug and addictions counselor and is developing a practice of Sound Healing and Energy Medicine.

When I Let Go What Is There to Hold Onto: Finding Your Way in the Spiritual Landscape

October 30-November 1

With Thomas Roberts

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging

Many people today are expanding their spiritual journey to go beyond their current teachings. Are you yearning for something heartfelt and more complete? Where do you look? What makes sense? How do you craft your own spiritual path where you can hold to your religion, yet at the same time make your journey more personal to you.

Come explore ways to deeply enhance your spiritual journey by using various wisdom, contemplative and meditation teachings, to embrace wisdom that emerges from the depths of silent listening, thus reaching a kind of practical and useful spiritual insight that is often overlooked.

Come with your questions, confusions, fears and struggles along with an openness to learn on a level that you may not have previously explored.

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. Read his Story post about his book here.

Writer as Shaman

October 30-November 1

With Bridget Birdsall

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging.

For writers of all levels who long to transcend the world of everyday realities and immerse themselves in the mystical worlds of their muses. Learn to let go and delve into your inner worlds to access your own deep resources, especially those hidden from our conscious awareness. It is about creating a sacred space conducive to inner play and about cultivating our imaginations and sharing our stories. Most importantly, it is about accessing the power of words to transform our lives. All you need is your journal.

Bridget is an author, artist, teacher and speaker. Bridget believes that by writing our stories we can access the higher wisdom within our soul.

The Compassionate Heart

November 9-11 (Monday-Wednesday)

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.

Intuitive Painting: Free to Paint from Soul

November 12-15; January 7-10 (Thursday-Sunday) See October 8-11.

Daily 10 am-5 pm, including Sunday

With S. Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD

6th Annual Uplift Yoga Retreat

Practical Yoga for Interesting Times

November 13-15 (begins Friday at 5:30 p.m.)

with Kate Karshna

Early bird registration starts July 13 and ends September 13.

Here are registration details: 2015 Uplift Yoga Retreat Flier.

For more information or to register visit or email Kate at

Yoga is not something we “do” but rather something we are. It can touch all areas of our lives. Our yoga practices may consist of meditation, asana, mantra, observances, ritual, devotion, study or any combination thereof, depending on the day, time, season and individual. Join us this weekend as we explore the many practical ways to engage in the life-changing wisdom of yoga, applied to your own unique circumstances.

All classes are appropriate for all levels. 

Kate Karshna is a Twin Cities-based yoga and meditation instructor with 500 hour yoga training certification from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis.

Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation: New Program Beginning

November 20-22

With Christine Center Core Team

See Spiritual Deepening Program details here.

Mandala-Making:  A special Thanksgiving mandala experience

November 27-29

With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.

Tuition: sliding scale of $125-$250, plus meals and lodging and a $15 materials fee for the weekend.

Come make a Thanksgiving Mandala! Take the opportunity to relax, refresh and reflect as your hands create a circle of beauty and light.  No previous art experience is necessary and all materials are provided. It is a time to come home to yourself and to Spirit.  Guided by your heart and your natural creativity let’s play together and pray together: for ourselves, those we love, and the good of the whole world!

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. 

Gabriele’s art and spirituality sessions integrate contemplation with creativity and intuition, offering a unique opportunity for spiritual insight and deep self-exploration. She also offers individual intuition training and creativity coaching sessions. Gabriele is a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team. 

Mindfulness Skills Seminar

November 27-29

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging

With Lamont P McPherson, MS, LPCT

This seminar will give you the tools to effectively use mindfulness in all areas of your life. We will explore what mindfulness is, how to access it and when to use it to “reboot” you thinking. You will learn practical and profound mindfulness skills that will assist you in shifting into new productive patterns of thinking and behavior.

Lamont is an in-home family therapist , a corporate mindfulness skills instructor and the author of The Mindfulness Handbook. He has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years. His training has included both sitting and movement based mindfulness practices. He is one of the vanguards of the mindfulness movement and has been teaching mindfulness skills professionally since the mid 90’s.

Introduction to Yoga and Meditation

November 27-29, January 1-3 (see October 16-18)

With Bill Miller and Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, PhD

Awaken Your Intuition

December 4-6

With Aveen Banich

Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging

Put yourself on your holiday to do list this year. Lisa, Jodi and Aveen are thrilled to be taking our show on the road and we hope to bring you with us! De-stress, Restore your inner peace, nourish your body, and expand your vision. Create spaciousness thru gentle and relaxing yoga practices. Access the courage to press pause and look within. Create our own personal pause prescription to begin your New Year right. Expand your vision and align with your purpose. Read Our Stories post by Aveen about her book Expanding Vision: 5 Ways to See More Love in Your Life.


December 10-13 (see September 3-6)

With Carol Carbon.

Special Anniversary Retreat: From Creche to Cosmos

A Contemplative Christine Center Christmas Retreat in the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi

December 18-20

With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD and Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, PhD

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

In winter’s quiet, cold and stillness come warm yourself in this weekend of contemplation. The scope of our meditation takes in the historic Bethlehem moment, the vast starry night when angels sang, to the immense reaches of the cosmos. This spiritual journey is guided by the genius of St. Francis and contemporary insights of creation spirituality.  Consider the ecstasy of Francis as he re-enacted in his own time, the wonders of the Biblical Christmas. We enter the mystery of Christ in our cosmic age with conscious awareness of this unfolding mystery.

Greeting the New Year with Silence, Soul and Centered Grace

The Christine Center Year-end Contemplative Retreat

December 27-January 1

With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD and the Christine Center Core Team

Tuition: Free-will offering, plus meals and lodging.

Begins on the 27th at 6:30 p.m. and ends with a celebratory brunch on the 1st.

Begin 2016 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.

Introduction to Yoga and Meditation

January 1-3 (see October 16-18)

With Bill Miller and Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, PhD

Intuitive Painting: Free to Paint from Soul

January 7-10 (Thursday-Sunday) See October 8-11.

Daily 10 am-5 pm, including Sunday

With S. Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD

Yoga with Nancy Boler

January 7-10

To register contact Nancy at 612.724.7311 or

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.

Praying with Sacred Sound

January 22-24 (See October 30-November 1)

With Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, Ph.D. and Wendy Kohlhaas, ICS, CSAC, LPN

Mandala-Making: Set Free Your Inner Light of Soul

January 27-31 (Wednesday-Sunday)

With Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.

Email S. Gabriele for more information at

These 5 full days of Mandala-making are specially designed to offer a practical and fun experience of working with Mandalas as both a creative and spiritual practice. Commuters are welcome! We will begin each day at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.  Come for as many days as you wish. For those participants opting to stay overnight, a special evening session will be offered. Tuition is $50 a day and includes all materials. A sliding scale is available upon request.

  • 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
  • By Women for Women
  • Kindness Meditation
  • Three-year Certificate Program


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