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.

“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.

Marywood 2018 Retreats

Vacation With A Purpose: Artist Encounter and Expression of Nature

May 26-May 31, 2018
9:00 a.m. Sunday to 3:00 p.m. Thursday
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA 
Let us bring the eye of the artist to the subtle and versatile world of nature: its light, movement, form, and texture. Immersed in the nature surrounding Marywood, we will enter more deeply into Garden, Forest, River, Lake and Sky as we concentrate on each area in our painting. We will use mixed water media to express Nature’s impact on our artistic sensibilities. Bring fluid paints : watercolors, inks, fluid acrylics and other watercolor materials you have; also, two sheets watercolor cold press #140 paper and one sheet watercolor hot press #140 paper. Watercolor paper will be available for purchase $4 per full sheet. Bring photos on the subjects listed. Fee: Residents $450 includes a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $250. Limit of 8. All arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday May 26. $100 deposit with registration. Register by Monday, May 4.

Fishing As A Spiritual Practice

June 15-17, 2018
3:00 p.m. Friday to 3:00 p.m. Sunday
Facilitators: Julia Walsh, FSPA and Dick Bruesehoff
There are lots of reasons that take people onto lakes, rivers and streams to fish: it’s enjoyable, it can put food on the table, and it gets you out of the house and into the natural world. Fishing can also give you an opportunity to slow down, to connect with family and friends, and just notice things—including your own relationships with the natural world, the people around you and God who is as grand as the universe and as close as your own heartbeat. We’ll spend time fishing and then reflect together on how fishing nurtures us and our spirits. Fee: Now $195.00 per person includes all needs in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. $100.00 deposit with registration, please. Register by Friday, May 18.

Canoe Camping Retreat

June 21-24, 2018
4:30 p.m. Thursday to 4:30 p.m. Sunday,
Facilitators: Julia Walsh, FSPA and Rev. Ted Dorcey, CSsR and Camp Manito-Wish YMCA Staff
How might God speak to you as you step away from your busy life to pray, paddle, portage, camp, and canoe among Christian community? Experience the goodness of God manifested in the Wisconsin Northwoods during this contemplative outdoors retreat on water. Our chaplain Rev. Ted Dorcey will serve as chaplain and offer us the Sacraments in the fresh air and under starlit skies. Sister Julia will be available for spiritual companionship and listening. The expert guides of Camp Manito-Wish YMCA will secure our safety and facilitate our outdoor adventure. $475 includes all gear, meals, accommodations and supplies. $100 deposit with registration, please. Register by Friday, June 8.

Vacation With A Purpose: Creative

Mindfulness Through Watercolor
July 8-13, 2018 • Monday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. to Friday 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA
Due to an overflow of requests in 2017, this program is being offered again. Using a recently published book, Paint Yourself Calm by Jean Haines, this workshop/retreat will guide you in ways that  add calmness and enhancement to your life. No previous painting experience is necessary. All materials are provided. Your own book can be purchased for $18. This is a perfect opportunity for a “soft” entry into the wonderful world of watercolor. Bring watercolor materials if you have them. Fee: Commuters $250. Residents $450 with private room in a shared cabin.  All arrive by Sunday, July 8, by 5 PM. $100 deposit with registration, please. Limit of 8. Register by Monday, June 10.

Directed Retreat

July 15-21, 2018
Sunday 5:00 p.m to Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Director: Janet Mallak, SSND
Come for days of quiet reflection. Each retreatant will meet once a day with the spiritual director. The rest of the day is spent in prayer and solitude, enjoying the beauty of Marywood’s woodland environment and cozy lakeside cabin. $100 deposit with registration, please. Fee: $550 includes spiritual direction and all needs, plus lodging in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. Register by Monday, June 18.

Franciscan Backpacking Retreat

July 19-22, 2018
4:30 p.m. Thursday to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Facilitators: Julia Walsh, FSPA, Rev. Nick Rokitka OFM Conv. and Camp Manito-Wish Staff
Come to this contemplative outdoor retreat and experience the wonders of nature combined with an enrichment of Franciscan spirituality. Backpack through the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan, discuss Pope Francis’ leadership and the life and teachings of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi, all while being immersed in the beauty of God’s creation. Rev. Nick Rokitka, OFM Conv. will serve as chaplain and Sister Julia will be available for spiritual listening. The expert guides of Camp Manito-Wish YMCA will secure our safety and facilitate our outdoor adventure. $475 includes all gear, meals, accommodations and supplies. $100 deposit with registration, please. Register by Friday, July 6.

Writers Retreat

August 10-15, 2018
9:00 a.m. Friday to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday
Facilitator: Julia Walsh, FSPA
Find your focus and get in touch with your creative spirit among a supportive Christian community at this writing retreat on beautiful Trout Lake. You are guaranteed time away from your daily distractions to concentrate on your writing projects. Plus input from experienced authors, shared contemplative prayer, opportunities for socials, writing workshops, and recreation such as kayaking and hiking in the Northwoods. $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 June 15. $100 deposit with registration, please. Register by Friday, July 13.

Advent Retreat: Seeking A Peaceful Spirit

November 30 -December 4, 2018
5:00 p.m. Friday to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA
Christmas, then and now, urges one to be about coming to know a new depth of peaceful presence within us and around us.  Take these several days to break loose from stresses in the journey to ponder our presence with the divine presence in the here and now. Each day offers communal prayer and presentations. The afternoons are free for pondering, rest and exploring peace. Fee:  $375 includes all needs and a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. $100 deposit with registration. Commuters $175 ($50 deposit). Register by Monday, October 29.

To register: click here or email or 715-385-3750, Ext. 1

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

Outreach Available • Let Us Come to You
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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Marywood Also Offers

Private Retreat

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

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: 715-385-3750
Sr. Elizabeth Amman, OP, Ext 2
Sr. Marla Lang, FSPA, Ext 5
Pat Pintens, Ext 6

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

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