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.
Attention Interested Retreatants!
Space is Limited
Call ahead for space availability after the registration date, as occasionally space becomes available.
Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center 2017 Retreats and Workshops
WEEKEND ON THE WATER: FISHING RETREAT
May 14-16, 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.
CANOE CAMPING RETREAT
June 30 – July 2, 2017 • Friday Noon-Sunday Noon
Facilitators: Nick Gordon, Rev. Ted Dorcey, CSsR, and Julia Walsh FSPA
Join Nick Gordon (Wilderness Instructor, Wilderness First Responder and naturalist), Rev. Ted Dorcey (Redemptorist Missionary Priest), and Sr. Julia Walsh (Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration) for a weekend of adventure, contemplation and community in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest near Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center. We will paddle and portage canoes to our campsites and open our senses to the wonders of nature and the freedom of being “unplugged.” Rev. Ted Dorcey will be available for spiritual and sacramental needs. Sister Julia will be available as a spiritual companion. Nick Gordon will foster our awareness about the plants, animals, and elements that surround our contemplative adventure through hands-on projects. Canoe experience is beneficial and participants must be comfortable on the water. Call 715-385-3750 to register and pay deposit of $100 before June 23. $250 includes all meals, program, medical kit, group gear (canoes, paddles, PFDs, etc.). $50 discount if you register and pay in full by May 19.Register
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 alongside 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.
FRANCISCAN BACKPACKING RETREAT
August 18-20, 2017
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – Sunday 4:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Nick Gordon, Rev. Nicholas Rokita OFM Conv. & Julia Walsh FSPA
How could freedom from schedules, cells phones and social media open you to an awareness of God? Join us for this weekend retreat and explore Franciscan spirituality while enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.
Come for a weekend of backpacking, community and contemplation along part of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. We will hike 22 miles through rolling terrain and thick hardwood forests. Each day we will set up camp off trail and enjoy good food and great company. You’ll gain experience while learning techniques to live and travel more comfortably in the outdoors. These types of skills don’t only help develop a deeper connection with nature but they strengthen confidence, creativity, and self-awareness.
As we progress along the trail our conversations will explore Christian discipleship, Pope Francis’ leadership and the life and teachings of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi. Rev. Nick Rokitka will be available for spiritual and sacramental needs. Sister Julia will be available as a spiritual companion. Nick Gordon will foster our awareness about the plants, animals, and elements that surround our contemplative adventure through hands on projects.
$225 includes all meals, program, medical kit and group gear. $50 discount if you register and pay in full by Friday, July 14. Call 715-385-3750 to register and pay deposit of $100 before Friday, August 11.Register
THE GREENING POWER OF GOD
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.
RETREAT: THE SACRED GIFT OF LISTENING
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
• Personal Growth • Prayer • Scripture
• Church Life • Sacraments • Spirituality
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.