Retreats


Custom Retreats and Winter Sabbaticals

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.

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.

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.”
-Mother Teresa

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.

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PRAYING WITH POETRY

January 31 – February 2, 2020
5:00 p.m. Friday – 11:00 – a.m. Sunday
Presenter: Pat Pintens
Certain poems speak deeply to our hearts and spirits. In prayer our hearts and spirits speak deeply to God. Certain poems offer us new images to ponder and explore – perhaps even new images of God. Come explore our often mysterious relationship with the divine, Holy Mystery, God. Bring poems that have spoken to you and discover new ones. Fee $195 for a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $125. Meals not included. Register by Wednesday, January 15. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

SILENT RETREAT — A STARTER

February 16-22, 2020
5:00 p.m. Sunday – 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Facilitator: Rev. Grant Van Lishout, FSPA Affiliate
Does the thought of being in silence frighten you? Silence is God’s gift of love that works from the outside in. This retreat is an opportunity to gradually enter into the silence that you’ve always longed for and then reflect on your experience. We will explore the benefits of the silent retreat and ask all the questions we were afraid to ask. We will also spend a few days practicing the gift of silence. Spiritual Direction is available each day as a time to share one’s thoughts and reflect with another. Fee $450 Spiritual Direction available for $30-$50 per session. Meals not included. Register by Friday, January 31. Each retreatant has a cabin by themselves fully furnished (max 4). Include a $100 deposit with registration.

ICON RETREAT
Gabriel the Archangel

April 19-25, 2020
5:00 p.m. Sunday – 10:00 a.m. Saturday
Facilitator: Barb Lawless
Icon writing/painting is a meaningful prayerpractice and an art form with a rich, inspirational history. At this workshop, each participant will write/paint an icon of Gabriel the Archangel. No painting experience is needed. All materials and supplies are provided. By the end of the week, participants will have a beautifully completed icon varnished and ready to display. A gifted iconographer since 2002, Barb Lawless resides in Woodruff, WI. $650 resident includes a private room in a shared cabin. $475 for commuters. Register by Friday, April 10. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

VACATION WITH A PURPOSE:
Water Media Workshop

May 24-29, 2020
5:00 p.m. Sunday – 3:00 p.m. Friday
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
An advanced level in watercolor. Participants will review watercolor principles and general techniques that keep surfacing no matter how advanced one becomes, learning both control and how to be free. As new mediums come on the market we will look at how one can incorporate and maybe use the product in their work. Classes will run from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day, breakfast and noon meal included. Fee $475 for residents includes a private room in a shared cabin– commuters $275. Register by Tuesday, April 21. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

COUPLES RETREAT:
WHAT’S YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE?

June 12-14, 2020
5:00 p.m.Friday-12:00 p.m. Sunday
Facilitator: Rev. Grant Van Lishout, FSPA Affiliate
Words of Affirmation – Quality Time
Sharing Gifts – Serving – Touch
At a wedding ceremony, couples profess before God and all present, our love for one another until “death do us part”. Love is the greatest gift we can share with each other, as well as the most challenging and difficult to understand. Based on the research by Dr. Gary Chapman this retreat is an opportunity to discover and mutually share your love language with your partner. Fee $250 per couple.Includes: Lodging and book “The Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman. Spiritual Direction is available upon request. Register by Monday, June 1. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT

June 14-20, 2020
5:00 p.m. Sunday – 10:00 a.m. Saturday
Directors: Elizabeth Amman, OP and Pat Pintens
Come for quiet reflection. Each retreatant will meet once each day for one hour with a spiritual director. The rest of the day is spent in prayer and solitude enjoying the beauty of a woodland environment, Trout Lake, and a cozy cabin. Fee $595 includes spiritual direction plus lodging. Include a $100 deposit with registration. Please register by Friday, May 29. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

WATERCOLOR II – Continued Learnings

July 5-10, 2020 
9:00 a.m. Monday – 3:00 p.m. Friday
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA
This workshop will focus on continuing to learn watercolor painting and offer exercises in the basics techniques like brush handling, watercolor control of light and darks, freeing up painting, working with new materials in watercolor, etc. Aspects of negative painting and emphasis on contrast will be learned, as well as use of different papers that both absorb and repel paint and water. Come to class with watercolor paints and brushes and a huge desire to learn how to continue painting with watercolors. Fee: Residents $475 includes a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $275. Register by Monday, June 1. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

CONTEMPLATION AND CREATIVITY: A Writers Retreat

July 19-25, 2020
4:30 p.m. Sunday – 10:00 a.m. Saturday
Facilitator: Sister Julia Walsh FSPA
Connect to the Great Creator among a community of creative contemplatives and see what wonders will unfold. This retreat is a chance for you to write away from your daily distractions and in a supportive environment. Plenty of writing time, input from experienced authors, prayer, and opportunities for writing workshops, socials and recreation in the Northwoods will offer the inspiration and energy you need to make progress on the writing project you bring along—or simply get started putting words on the page. Fee: $595 for a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $325. Register by July 6. $50 discount if you register and pay in full by June 15. Include $100 deposit with registration.

HEALING RETREAT: MIND, BODY SPIRIT

August 20-24, 2020
9:00 A.M. Thursday – 10:00 A.M. Monday
Leaders: Kristine Cloutier, LAC. and Luann Brentlinger
Retreat participants will have the opportunity to ex- perience healing on many levels (physical, emotional, spiritual), through acupuncture, massage, yoga, guided meditation and individual therapy sessions. We integrate these great healing modalities to offer a powerful way to de-stress, refresh, renew and reset intentions to care for your whole being. Free time to canoe/kayak, sit by the lake, contemplate, pray or journal is scheduled into the retreat. Limited to 8 par- ticipants. $750 per person includes all therapies, 4 nights in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin and healthy meals, including special needs. Register by July 18, 2020. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

SILENT RETREAT: A STARTER (second chance)

August 30-September 5, 2020
5:00 p.m. Sunday – 3:00 p.m.Saturday
Facilitator: Rev. Grant Van Lishout, FSPA Affiliate
If you could not make our silent retreat in February, this is your second chance. Whether a beginner or a lifetime silent retreatant, you will be blessed by this time. Silence is God’s gift of love that works from the outside in. This retreat is an opportunity to gradually enter into the silence that you’ve always longed for, and then reflect on your experience. We will also spend a few days practicing the gift of silence. Spiritual Direction is available each day as a time to share one’s thoughts and reflect with another. Fee $550. Spiritual direction provided. Each retreatant has a fully furnished private cabin (max 4). Register by Monday, August 17. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

CANTICLE OF ST. FRANCIS RETREAT

October 2-4, 2020
5:00 p.m. Friday – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
Presenter: Pat Pintens
“Be praised” St. Francis cries out in his canticle naming the sun, moon, stars, wind, water, earth and all living creatures as ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’. This retreat will give us time to pray with our ‘brothers and sisters’, and learn more about their ways and the wisdom they offer us. Fee: $195 for a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $125. Register by Wednesday, September 23. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

SOUL PLACES

November 6-8, 2020
5:00 p.m. Friday – 10:00 a.m. Sunday
Presenter: Pat Pintens
People often speak of their ‘home place’ or of ‘going home’. A folk group from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula sings of “going back to the place of my soul.” “The place of one’s soul” may be one’s birth home or another place one returns to time and again. Where is “the place of your soul?” What place do you return to to nourish your soul? Let’s explore these spiritual geographies together. Fee: $195 for a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $125. Register by Wednesday, October 21. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

To register: click here or email marywood.center@gmail.com or 715-385-3750, Ext. 1
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Let Us Come To You

Outreach Available

At-Your-Site Retreats Available
You Choose: whole day • half day • evening
• Themes focused on liturgical ministries
• Prayer and general spirituality themes
• Youth, young adults, and Confirmation

For outreach information, or to explore possibilities, or schedule a retreat or program at your site, contact Outreach Coordinators: Sr. Marla Lang, Ext 5 at • Pat Pintens, Ext 6 • Sr. Julia Walsh, Ext 3

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A Few Words About Our Retreats

“Words cannot express my gratitude and praise for my weekend here! The hospitality, warmth, kindness and the entire “vibe” were beyond anything I deserve!”
– Fred
“Thank you so much for the work you do here at Marywood in this beautiful, quiet location. The best of the human spirit resides in such places where helping is a primary effort.”
– Janel
“The spirit of love and hospitality definitely flow through every inch of Marywood.”
– Dina

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.

Marywood Also Offers

Private Retreat

Use of Marywood space and facilities for quiet time away, any time of the year.

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Sabbatical (2 weeks to 6 months)

November thru April each year: Time away for renewal, rest, creative writing or art, etc. To plan and schedule a sabbatical,

Contact Sister Elizabeth Amman (Ext 2) or email eaamman@gmail.com

For information on Marywood’s accommodations and staff please refer to the About section in the header of this website.

Directed Retreat

Use of space and facilities arranged with a spiritual director any time of the year.

Call to schedule with any of our on-staff experienced, certified spiritual directors: marywood.center@gmail.com 715-385-3750
Sr. Elizabeth Amman, OP, Ext 2
Sr. Marla Lang, FSPA, Ext 5
Pat Pintens, Ext 6