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 2016 Retreats and Workshops


October 9-13, 2016
Sunday 5:30 p.m. to Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA
Register by Monday, September 19.
Experience the psalms as a way of praying the many different movements in our life journey when addressing the Holy One. You will receive the book, Spirituality of the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann at the retreat. Each morning includes a presentation and communal prayer. Afternoons will be free for personal pondering, rest and exploring. After the evening meal there will be communal prayer. Spiritual direction will be available as part of the retreat. Fee: residents $375.00 includes all needs and a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. Include a $100.00 deposit (refundable if reservation is cancelled by September 19). Commuters $170 .00 (deposit $50.00).


The Biblical Foundations of Friendshipbrink
Holy Family Church, Woodruff, Wis.
October 14 – Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m.
October 15 – Saturday 9:00-11:00 a.m. and
Saturday 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Laurie Brink, OP
Register by Friday, September 30
The Biblical Foundations of Friendship makes two extraordinary claims: that our life’s ultimate goal is friendship with God and that the Scriptures provide the roadmap. This program engages a dynamic process that integrates personal experience with biblical study in order to trace the emerging theology of friendship in the Scriptures and to show us how we can become “friend of God and prophets.”
Suggested offering $30.00 includes all three sessions.


Friday – October 21 – 7:00 p.m. thru
Sunday – October 23 at Noon
Presenter: Julia Walsh, FSPA
Register by Friday, October 7
This weekend hiking retreat will consist of prayer centered on journeying with Jesus, The Way. As disciples of The Way we will be nourished by time in nature, communal meals, Biblical input, and evening campfires. Residents $215.00 includes a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. Commuters $165.00.


Session 1: TRANSFORMATION September 15
Register by Friday, September 9
Session 2: SUSTAINABILITY October 20
Register by Friday, October 14
Session 3: GOSPEL LIVING November 17
Register by Friday, November 11
Thursdays – 3:00-6:30 p.m.
Presenter: Julia Walsh, FSPA
During the harvest season, we’ll pause and embrace the sacredness of food in community. This will include Biblical input centered on the themes of transformation, sustainability and Gospel living, in order to gain more mindfulness about how to be in right relationship with food, Earth and others. Our time will close with prayerfully cooking and consuming a meal together. Suggested offering: $20.00 per session or $50.00 for all three sessions.

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

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