The Art of Kintsugi: Mending our Broken Bits

With Chris Flynn
August 9-11, 2024

Sometimes life cracks us wide open. It may be it from the loss of a loved one, home, job, health. Our journey is to mend those cracks, as we make ourselves whole again and embrace our Soulful path to joy and happiness.

On this Wabi Sabi path you’ll be introduced to the many spiritual aspects and benefits of the Japanese art of Kintsugi. Kintsugi focuses on the acceptance of transience and the beauty of imperfection. Kintsugi makes no attempt to hide nor disguise broken things. Imperfection is celebrated instead.

‘Kintsugi’ is the remarkable Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with the elegance and grace of gold. This tradition has a lot to teach us about how to handle the broken bits of ourselves. It’s been said that where the pieces are joined with gold, the bowl is stronger than before.  Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the “cracks” as a part of the design.


In this nurturing, transforming workshop you will discover your own unique beauty and resilience. We will be using Kintsugi as a metaphor for healing ourselves as it teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes, in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient.

Throughout the weekend you can count on unexpected bursts of joy, laughter, and deep connections with your Self and community.

ALL Ceremonial Objects and Tools will be provided.

  • The Bowl: the metaphor for our life, past, present, and future.
  • The Mallet: representing the times we’ve felt hammered by life.
  • The Cloth: offers love, nurturing, and protection.
  • The File: for smoothing the rough edges.
  • The Gold Lacquer: mends our broken bits with great elegance, strength, and beauty.

Registration closes August 1st so we have time to prepare supplies for you!

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn

Chris has been facilitating heart-centered groups for over 50 years. She creates Sacred Spaces where folks feel safe and comfortable expressing and sharing what’s in their hearts and minds.

Chris was ordained with a Master in Ministry of Spiritual Counseling and is a certified grief counselor. She formed and facilitated Conscious Connections Community, a singles ministry, for 20 years. She went on to work with both Hospice and Suicide Prevention, facilitating groups and trainings.  Currently she loves facilitating book study groups for the Christine Center.

Chris lives in the California Redwoods with her husband and Saint Bernard. Eight years ago, while visiting her Wisconsin relatives, she discovered the Christine Center and immediately found her spiritual home. She has attended many of the Christine Center’s virtual classes, the weekly Tao group, plus, last year she attended in person, The Tao in the Summer.  Through ‘Quantum Connecting via Zoom’ (thank you Sr. Gabe), Chris enjoys her deep connection with the Christine Center community.

All Inclusive Retreat Pricing Options

Listed pricing includes all housing, meals, and program fee

Lodging Options:

Single Modern Hermitage: $580
Single Guest Room in Main Building: $500
Single Rustic Hermitage: $388

Please contact our main office to make your reservation for any of the following (715-267-7507 or

        • Shared lodging options
        • Camping
        • To reduce the number of meals you would like
        • If you need to make special arrangements
        • If you would like to reserve pet friendly accommodations

Modern Hermitage: One room cottage with anywhere from 1 to 3 beds; living area; kitchenette; bathroom and shower.
Cabin Bedroom: A private bedroom with 1 to 2 beds located on the property in a shared cabin; shared kitchenette; shared bathroom and shower.
Guest Room-Main Building: A private bedroom with 2 beds and private bathroom located in the main building.
Rustic Hermitage: One room cottage with anywhere from 1 to 2 beds; living area. No bathroom or kitchenette. Modern bath and shower facilities are located on the property.