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 2019 Retreats

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.


February 22-23, 2019
3:00 p.m. Friday – 1:00 p.m. Saturday
Presenters: Jan Huseby
and Pat Pintens
From the instant that we first hear our mother’s heartbeat, rhythm and pulse become a part of our lives, and ‘our song’ begins. Whether we are music makers or music listeners, music expresses our emotions, stirs our memories, enriches our human experiences and often serves as our prayer. Gifted musician and composer Jan Huseby will lead retreatants in sharing life stories and the sacred discovering and expressing of their songs. Fee: $110 includes all needs and a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. Commuters $60. Resister by Thursday, January 31. Include $25 deposit with registration.

ICON RETREAT: Our Lady of Tenderness

April 21-27, 2019
5:00p.m. Sunday –
10:00 a.m. Saturday
Facilitator: Barb Lawless
Icon writing/painting is a meaningful prayer practice and an art form with a rich, inspirational history. At this workshop, each participant will write/paint an icon of Our Lady of Tenderness. 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. Fee: Residents $650 includes private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $475. Register by Wednesday, April 10. Include a $100 deposit with registration.


May 17-19, 2019
5:00 p.m. Friday – 1:00 p.m. Sunday
Leaders: Naomi and Dick Bruesehoff
God’s deepest desire is well-being for all creation. Our own well-being is tied to that of the whole and contemplative prayer to maintain and nurture this very connection. During this retreat we will practice and experience various prayer forms while creating a set of greening beads that can be used to support prayer. The prayer beads can help us connect with and pray for each other, strengthen our prayer lives, and keep us attuned to God’s world. The retreat will begin with supper on Friday and end with lunch on Sunday. Fee: $195 resident includes a private room in a shared cabin. $125 for commuters. Register by Monday, April 29. Include a $100 deposit with registration.


May 26-31, 2019
9:00 a.m. Sunday – 3:00 p.m. Thursday
Presenter: Sister Karen Kappell
Come to have fun and don’t worry about creating masterpieces. Think about creating painted papers that can be cut up or torn to be used in larger works. Learn exciting new ways to use water based paints, resist stamps, rice papers, and much more. Step by step instruction of different techniques will be given and explored to create papers to assemble in collage. Bring watercolor supplies including 3-4 sheets of 140# cold press watercolor paper (approximately 20” by 15”), Elmer’s glue, scissors. Fee: Residents $475 with private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $275. Arrival in the afternoon by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 for all. Classes will extend into the afternoon as needed. The room will be open for more time as needed by the participants. Register by Friday, May 10.
Include a $100 deposit with registration.


June 21-24, 2019
9:00 a.m. Friday – 1:00 p.m. Monday
Presenter: Pat Pintens
Someone once wrote, “Beauty is one of the three foods of the soul.” “Yet,” writes John O’Donohue, “beauty is so quietly woven through our days that we hardly notice it.” These retreat days offer time to notice and explore the beauty of color, music, nature and God through prayer, presentations, creative activities, afternoons of pondering or rest, but mostly by simply being in the quiet beauty of the Northwoods. Fee: $280 includes all needs and a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $175. Register by Friday, June 7. Include a $100 deposit with registration.


July 7-12, 2019
9:00 a.m. Sunday – 3:00 p.m. Friday
Presenter: Sister Karen Kappell
This workshop will focus on learning to watercolor and offer exercises in the basic techniques like brush handling, watercolor control of light and darks. Different methods of control of water and paint such as wet on wet and dry brush will be tried. 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 no materials, but a huge desire to learn. Fee: Residents $475 includes a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $275. Register by Monday, June 24. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

A PART, NOT APART: Christian Tradition and Contemplative Ecology

July 12-14, 2019
3:30 p.m. Friday – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
Facilitator: Eric Anglada
The cultural and environmental challenges we face today are fundamentally spiritual ones. Join retreat leader Eric Anglada in exploring varied resources within Christianity to gain insights into a faith perspective on our place within Creation and our response to the ecological crisis, as well as drawing on his own experiences living simply and ecologically on a Catholic Worker farm. Drawing on figures like St. Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Merton, and Wendell Berry, this retreat will engage us in talks and discussions, lectio divina, prayer, solitude, and outdoor contemplative practices to help heal our rift from Creation. Fee: $225 for a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. Commuters $120. Register by Friday, June 28. Include a $100 deposit with registration

WILDERNESS AND WONDER: A Canoe-Camping Retreat

July 14-17, 2019
4:00 p.m. Sunday – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday
Facilitator: Sister Julia Walsh
Come experience the goodness of God manifested in the Wisconsin Northwoods during this contemplative outdoors retreat on the water. The expert guides of Camp Manito-Wish YMCA will secure our safety and facilitate our outdoor adventure as we paddle and camp on a route through the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Fee: $475 includes all gear, meals, accommodations and supplies.Register by June 28. Include a $100 deposit with registration.


July 21-27,2019
5:00 p.m. Sunday – 10:00 a.m. Saturday
Facilitator: Sister Julia Walsh
This retreat will provide an opportunity to honor the word as we write together in a creative community and away from our daily distractions. 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 $295. Register by July 5. $50 discount ifyou register and pay in full by June 15. Include $100 deposit with registration.


September 27-29, 2019
3:00 p.m. Friday – 1:00 p.m. Sunday
Presenter: Pat Pintens
St. Francis ofAssisi reminds us the earth is like a sister with whom we share life, a beautiful mother who embraces us. How often do we truly visit, spend time with, our sister/mother earth? Get reacquainted and reconnected with the earth and her power to heal wounded (weary) minds, hearts, and souls. Walking, sitting by or kayaking/canoeing on Trout Lake, listening to a creek – lots of time outdoors, prayer, contemplation, and other ‘earth connecting’ activities will be part of this retreat. Fee: $195 for a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters $125. Register by Monday, September 2. Include a $100 deposit with registration.

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.