Choosing to set aside a day, a weekend, even a week for a spiritual retreat can be a worthwhile experience. On retreat, there is quality time for bringing one’s life situations, events, and experiences to prayer and a deeper connection with God. The retreat offers one the grace to be oneself, the opportunity to be refreshed physically and spiritually, and the invitation to deeper transformation.

Custom Retreats and Winter Sabbaticals

Come to Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center for a retreat or winter sabbatical that is customized for wherever you may be in life. Whether looking for greater meaning in life, transitioning in life, or just needing a period of rest, we invite you to include us in this time. Our cozy cabins include fireplaces and gas heat, bedding, and fully equipped kitchens. On-site facilities include our chapel and library. Facilitators are available to work with you during your stay.

“When you connect to the silence within you,that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.”

-Stephen Richards

Attention Interested Retreatants!

Plan Ahead
Register Early
Space is Limited

Call ahead for space availability after the registration date, as occasionally space becomes available.

For more information on any retreat, or to register:
Call 715-385-3750 or e-mail us.

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center 2017 Retreats and Workshops


April 23-29, 2017
Sunday 7:00 p.m. – Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Barbara Lawless
A meaningful prayer practice and a technical art form, iconography has been a vital part of Eastern Christian worship since the beginning of Christianity. ”The Unsleeping Eye,” an icon of Christ depicted as a small child asleep on a bed, shows Christ as the eternal God who neither slumbers nor sleeps. It serves to remind us that God continually watches over us. Barbara, a learned iconographer, will guide participants through the step-by-step process of “writing” or painting an icon, following ancient guidelines while using modern artist’s materials. By the end of the week students will have a beautifully completed icon. No experience necessary. All materials and supplies are included. Bring an apron and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Fee: Resident $650 includes the workshop, private room in shared cabin and all needs. Commuters $475. Register by Tuesday, March 21; include $100 deposit (refundable if cancelled by March 21). Limit of 8


May 5- 7, 2017
Friday 7:00 p.m. – Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Julia Walsh, FSPA
Bring your fishing gear and prepare to paddle! This retreat will be a time for quiet reflection upon the beautiful Trout Lake during the opening weekend for the 2017 fishing season. Communal prayer will connect us with Jesus, the fisherman. Fee: $175 for a shared room and all needs. $215 includes a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. Commuters $165.00. Register by Friday, April 21; $100 deposit required. Partial scholarships available.


1) May 21-27, 2017: Register by Monday, May 1
Sunday 5:30 p.m. – Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Retreat Director: Elizabeth Amman, OP

2) June 4-10, 2017: Register by Monday, May 15
Sunday 5:30 p.m. – Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Retreat Director: Janet Mallak, SSND
Come for days of quiet reflection. Each retreatant will meet once each day with the spiritual director. The rest of the day is spent in prayer and solitude enjoying the beauty of a woodland environment and cozy cabin.Include a $100 deposit (refundable if reservation is cancelled by register-by date). Fee $550 includes spiritual direction and all needs, plus lodging in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. $100 deposit required. Partial scholarships available.

VACATION WITH A PURPOSE: Creative Techniques with Watercolor

May 28 – June 2, 2017
Monday 9:00 a.m. – Friday 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA
We will use traditional ways of painting with watercolor and water-media in combination with other materials that will broaden and expand your painting process — rubbing alcohol, matt medium, paste, gesso, etc. Others will be the way watercolor is applied: using applicators other than brushes, brayers, crushed paper and stamps. Most paintings will be done with a combination of mask-out that will leave the option of traditional water color painting in combination with backgrounds that incorporate different and creative techniques. Bring watercolor supplies and half sheets of 140# cold press watercolor paper. Materials for the new techniques will be provided. Be ready for fun and new learnings. Fee: Commuters: $250. Residents $450 with private room, arrival in the afternoon of May 28. Register by Monday, May 8; include $100 deposit.

VACATION WITH A PURPOSE: Creative Mindfulness through Watercolor

July 9-14, 2017 
Monday 9:00 a.m.-Friday 3:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA 
Using a recently published book, “Paint Yourself Calm” by Jean Haines, this workshop/retreat will guide you in ways that can add calmness and enhancement to your life. No painting experience is necessary. All materials will be provided, including a copy of the book. Come and experience meditative, peaceful, and calming 
watercolor painting in the Marywood setting – a place of beauty and quiet. Fee: Commuters $250. Residents $450 with private room in a shared cabin, arrive the afternoon of July 9. Register by Monday, June 19; include $100 deposit.


August 5-10, 2017
9:00 a.m. Saturday – 3:00 p.m. Thursday
Facilitator: Julia Walsh, FSPA
The life of a writer can be isolated and full of distractions. Despite the persistent desire to engage in the creative work of the Spirit, life’s demands get in the way of putting words on paper. Here’s a chance for you to experience discipline and supportive community so you can develop as a writer and breathe life into your projects. Coming to this writing retreat on beautiful Trout Lake means you are guaranteed time away from your daily distractions to focus on your writing. Plus, you will be able to tap at your keyboard along side others who value the craft, who have felt the struggle, and believe they will benefit from working among community. In addition to solid writing time, participants can expect community gatherings, shared contemplative prayer and opportunities for socials, writing workshops, and recreation such as kayaking and hiking in the Northwoods. Register by Monday, July 17; include $100 deposit. $495 for a shared room and all needs. $595 for a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. Commuters $275. $50 cabin discount if you register and pay in full by Thursday, June 15, 2017.


August 25-27, 2017
5:00 p.m. Friday – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
Presenter: Dick Bruesehoff
Can you take some time to experience God’s “greening power?” Using a variety of prayer practices, including various forms of body prayer, you’ll create your own string of Greening Beads. You’ll have an opportunity to explore God’s greening power, uniquely present in you. Fee: $215 includes a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. Commuters $165. Register by Friday, August 4; include $50 deposit.


September 22-26, 2017
Friday 5:30 p.m. – Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA
The gift of listening is a key to cultivating peace in our relationships and, hence, peace in our world. Besides “listening beyond words,” we will examine ways to be more specific in how we connect and engage with God and with another as gift to the “other.” Each morning includes a presentation and communal prayer. Afternoons will be free for rest and to explore listening. After the evening meal there will be sharing and communal prayer. Spiritual direction will be available if desired as part of the retreat. Fee: $375 residents includes all needs and a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. Include a $100 deposit (refundable if reservation is cancelled by August 20). Commuters $175 (deposit $50). Register by Monday, August 28.


More For You

  • Sabbaticals (2 weeks to 6 months)
  • 30-day Retreats

Space available November thru April each year at discounted rates.

Private Directed Retreats can be scheduled at your convenience throughout the year, and for the duration of your choosing, subject to availability of cabins and director. Please plan ahead.

For more information and/or to plan your Directed Retreat or Sabbatical, call Sr. Elizabeth Amman 715-385-3750, Ext. 2.

Let Us Come To You

At-Your-Site Retreats & Programs Available
Whole Day • Half Day • Evening

Theme Possibilites:
• Personal Growth • Prayer • Scripture
• Church Life • Sacraments • Spirituality

Learn More

For more information or to explore other possibilities or to schedule a retreat at your site contact Pat Pintens Ext. 6 or Sr. Marla Lang, FSPA, Ext 5 at 715-385-3750.