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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 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 equiped kitchens. On-site facilities include our chapel and library. Facilitators are available to work with you during your stay.

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:

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center

2015 Retreats and Workshops

EMBRACING THE CHAOS: Learning to Love the Difficult
May 15-17, 2015 - Friday 6:30 p.m.-Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Tom Roberts
How often do we feel at the mercy of the events of our lives? Does it seem like the chaos is what is running the show? So much of our emotional, physical and, especially spiritual energies are spent trying to limit and control chaos. The result is a chronic feeling that our life is constantly derailed by the conditions of our lives. Resisting the chaos has prolonged and disruptive effects on our spiritual growth. Unfortunately, the word chaos has come to have a negative meaning. In this retreat we will explore how what we refer to as chaos is really the “stuff” of our spiritual growth. We will learn how we can relate to chaos more skillfully and ultimately further the depth of our spiritual progress. Yes, chaos is uncomfortable, yet it possesses the kernel (mustard seed) to help us reevaluate ourselves and our priorities, and examine how we are living from our spiritual depth. Fee: Residents $225.00 includes facilitator, all needs, and private room in a shared cabin ($65.00 deposit); Commuters $175.00 (deposit $55.00). Register by Friday, May 1, 2015.

May 25-29, 2015
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
Develop your watercolor painting in the beauty of the Northwoods. We will explore ways of painting with watercolors that will get the creative juices flowing. Besides re-examining some of the techniques you work with now, we will learn other techniques always with a concern that whatever we paint has effective composition. Come prepared to try new ways of painting with watercolor. Classes will run from 9 to 3, with late afternoon and evening for your relaxation. Bring tube watercolors, brushes, misters, palettes and any watercolor supplies you have. Materials will be available for use and purchase. More details will be sent when you register. Cost: commuters: $250.00, residents $450.00 with cabin, arrival in the afternoon of May 24. Register by Monday, May 3.

June 14-18, 2015
Retreat Director: Carl Koch
Not forgiving “is like drinking poison myself and hoping my enemy will die.” And, many of us carry a load of anger and a sack full of grudges around as we trudge through life. So, each day the lack of forgiveness poisons our soul just a bit more. This week we will explore ways of inching ourselves towards forgiveness. Each day will include some input and sharing, but also plenty of silent time to come to the peace and relief of forgiving. We will begin on Sunday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. followed by an opening prayer and end on Thursday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m. Investment: $450.00 includes 4-night stay in a shared lakeside cabin and all needs. Register by Monday, May 25. Please include $100.00 deposit (refunded if reservation is cancelled by May 25).

June 19-21, 2015
Friday 5:30 p.m. through Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Maria Beesing, OP and Ann Walters, OP
This workshop explores positive applications of the Enneagram for personal spiritual growth. By means of presentations and interactive dynamics, participants examine the topics: choosing spiritual growth, discerning God’s presence, claiming St. Paul’s insight “in my weakness is my strength,” accepting the grace of conversion, and recognizing the true self. For those who have not had any previous experience, please purchase the book THE ESSENTIAL ENNEAGRAM—The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide by David Daniels and Virginia Price. (Amazon $13). Read the book, take the test, and learn which personality fits best for you. Any questions, please call Sr. Elizabeth. Register by Monday, June 1. Investment: $285.00 with a private room in a shared cabin. Commuters: $185.00. Call 715-385-3750 for more information and to register. Deposit $100.00. Scholarships are available.

July 6-10, 2015
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
We will use a variety of media: (fluid acrylics, inks, gouache, pencils, charcoal, gesso and gels which will be supplied) to create paintings that push your creativity and stimulate new possible approaches in painting. Bring watercolor paper (300# hot press or cold press, 2 to 3 sheets 22 by 30), watercolors, brushes, misters. If you have a gator board you can stretch 140# paper. We will gather together each day from 9 to 3 and take a break at noon. Instruction will stop at 3:00 p.m. daily to give you time for personal relaxation and free evenings. More details will be sent when you register. Cost: commuters: $250.00, residents $450,00 with cabin, arrival on afternoon of July 5. Register by Monday, June 15.

July 17-21, 2015 - Friday 5:30 p.m.-Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA
Each morning reflection will focus on Clare who was a contemporary of St. Francis. We will examine how their differences complemented and deepened each other’s relationship with Christ. Each participant is to obtain the book: The St. Clare Prayer Book by Jon Sweeney which will be used with other passages that were most dear to Clare in her prayer life (book can be purchased at Marywood). Afternoons will be free for pondering, rest and exploring. Praying with Clare will include a daily communal morning and evening prayer. Spiritual direction will be available as part of the Retreat. Register by Monday, June 22. Fee: Residents $350.00 includes all needs and a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. Please include $100.00 deposit (refundable if reservations cancelled by June 22). Commuters $190.00 (deposit $50.00).

August 7-13, 2015
Friday 5:30 p.m. – Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate
Retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening with departure on the following Thursday by 1:00 p.m. This is a guided retreat. Each day will include a morning reflection on gratitude and the effects of gratitude on all aspects of our lives. Afternoons will be free for experiencing the wonder of nature and rest. Spiritual Direction will be available if desired as part of the retreat. Register by Friday, July 10. Please include $100.00 deposit (refundable if reservation cancelled by July 10). Fee: $525.00 includes all needs and 6 nights in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin on the shores of beautiful Trout Lake.

August 21-22 Friday and Saturday
Friday 5:30 p.m. - Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Wayne Manthey & Joyce Heil
Drum maker Wayne Manthey has helped bring many drums to life all over the country. Participants use wood, deer hides, walnut stain and other natural elements to create a unique, personal drum. There is time for reflection and storytelling about the ancient spiritual tradition of drumming. We will participate in a drumming circle to end our time together. Participants will go home with a homemade drum, drumstick, and rattle. Investment: Full: $120 (includes bedroom in a shared lakeside cabin and retreat) Drum costs listed below. Commuter: $90. Materials: 13” drum - $110; 16” drum- $135 (choose one). Register by Friday, August 7 to ensure all needed supplies are available. (Limited to 15)

September 11-17, 2015
Friday 5:30 p.m.-Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Retreat Director: Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate
Retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and ends on the following Thursday with departure by 1:00 p.m. This is a silent retreat. Each retreatant meets once each day for one hour with the spiritual director. The rest of the day is spent in prayer and solitude enjoying the water, woodland environment and lakeside cabin. Register by Tuesday, August 11. Please include $100.00 deposit (refundable if reservation cancelled by August 11). Fee: $525.00 includes spiritual direction and all needs, plus 6 nights in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin.

MORE FOR YOU: Sabbaticals and 30-day Retreats are available November thru April each year. 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. Plan ahead.

For more information or to register for a Retreat, e-mail marywood.center@gmail.com or call 715-385-3750.

Sabbaticals and 30-day Retreats are available November thru April each year. Call or e-mail early to reserve your space!

Private Directed Retreats

Private Directed Retreats
These can be scheduled at your convenience throughout the year, and for the duration of your choosing, subject to availability of cabins and director. Plan ahead.
For more information and/or to plan your Directed Retreat or Sabbatical, call Sr. Elizabeth Amman (715-385-3750, Ext. 2).
At-Your-Site Retreats & Programs Available
You Choose: whole day • half day • evening

  • Themes focused on liturgical ministries
  • Prayer and general spirituality themes
  • Forming Effective Disciples (FED) Diocesan

For Outreach information, or to explore other possibilities, or schedule a retreat or program at your site, contact: Joyce Heil, Ext. 3 -or- Sister Marla Lang, Ext. 5 715-385-3750 or email us.

At-Your-Site Retreats Available

Let us come to you!

You Choose:
• whole day • half day • evening

Various themes offered.

For more information or to explore other possibilities or to schedule a retreat at your site contact:
Sr. Marla Lang, FSPA -or- Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate

Sunset Ducks Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center offers the serenity and amenities for the retreat experience you may have been seeking.
Plan Ahead • Register Early • Space is Limited
(Late registrations welcome; ­­ call for possible space availability)
For more information, please call 1-715-385-3750 or e-mail us at marywood.center@gmail.com

Personal Time Away

Some persons look for a quiet, peaceful, restful place to think and pray. The center provides some options for personal reflection and renewal; personally designed time, planning assistance from staff members, art expression opportunities and others.

Private Retreats

Individuals are welcome to schedule a number of days for creating a personal retreat format. The grounds, chapel, library, and listening room are resources available for quiet reflection.

Guided Retreats

Some of these retreats are scheduled by the center. Usually a presentation is given, to be followed by silent time, personal reflection, and group discussion. Groups of eighteen or less are also able to schedule a time with a presenter of their choice.

Individual Directed Retreats

Experienced retreat directors are available for a daily meeting in this style of retreat. On an individual and personally guided retreat, solitude, prayer, scripture and connection with nature are usual elements.

For all of these retreats, our cabins on the shores of Trout Lake and in the midst of tall pines, provide an ideal setting for renewal of one's whole person. The size and types of buildings offers a coziness and warmth which is unique among retreat centers.

Winter Sabbatical

Plan your own program for two weeks, a month or more. You can connect with regularly scheduled programs at Marywood. Staff, resources and spiritual direction are available as desired. A Chapel is on location. Trails for snow shoeing and cross country skiing are close at hand.

Contact us for additional information, individual prices and available dates.