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Retreats

Summer Sunset Dock

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.center@gmail.com


Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center
2014-2015 RETREATS AND WORKSHOPS

DIRECTED RETREAT
August 3-10, 2014
Director: Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate
Retreat begins with a simple supper at 5:30 on Saturday; departure at 10:00 am the following Saturday. This is a silent retreat. Each day will include morning and evening prayer as well as an hour of spiritual direction. The rest of the day is spent in prayer and solitude enjoying the water, woodland environment and lakeside cabin. Register by Thursday, July 3. Please include a $100.00 deposit (refundable if reservation cancelled by July 3). Fee $525.00 includes spiritual direction and all needs, plus 7 nights in a private room in shared lakeside cabin. If this retreat does not fill with full time participants, we will consider shorter stays for more people. Please call Marywood for daily rates.

ICON RETREAT: “Angels in Our Midst”
August 31- September 5
5:00 p.m. Sunday thru 4:00 p.m. Friday
Instructor: Maryam Gossling, FSPA
Experience the joy of “writing” (painting) your own angel icon in this weeklong retreat led by Sister Maryam Gossling, who studied under Master Iconographer, Phil Zimmerman in 1998 and has led icon writing retreats since 2000. No experience required. Art supplies included. Classes 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Fee: $490.00 includes all needs and nights in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin ($100 deposit); commuters $350.00 (deposit $50). Register by Friday, August 8.


To help you plan:

2015 Retreats and Workshops

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS
January 9-11, 2015
Friday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
Now is the time to start. This three-day workshop will run from 9-3 each day and be focused on beginners in watercolors. It is important to have quality paints and brushes, so if you are not sure what to purchase in the line of supplies you will learn that, too. Beginning supplies to try will be available on site and are included in the fee. You are encouraged to wait to purchase until after or during the workshop. Cabins are available at additional cost and arrangements can be made with the office manager, Susan at 715-385-3750. Fee: $90.00. Bring a lunch each day. Register by Friday, December 26.

HOLY WEEK RETREAT
April 1-4, 2015
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. thru Saturday 1:00 p.m.
Retreat Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA
This three-day retreat is a way of paying special attention to Jesus as we take time to let the message of his passion, death and resurrection sink into our lives. Reflective time will be provided, as well as a daily presentation. Participants are invited to the inspiring Holy Thursday and Good Friday celebrations at Holy Family Church in Woodruff, or at a church of their choice. Fee: $195.00 includes a private room in a shared cabin and all needs (deposit $50.00); commuters: $100.00 ($30.00 deposit). Register by Monday, March 16.

GREENING: BECOMING MORE ALIVE
April 17-19, 2015
Presenter: Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate
As we move from the quiet sleepiness of winter into the bursting life of Spring, and the greening that takes place in nature all around us, we will spend this weekend talking and praying about being Green in Body, Mind and Spirit. What is it in our lives that keeps us “juicy” and alive and what is it in our lives that keeps us “stuck”? Weather permitting, we will spend time in the natural beauty of the Northwoods and learn how that beauty can stir our juices. Arrive Friday after 3:00 p.m.; supper at 5:30 p.m. Fee: $160.00 includes 2-night stay in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin and all needs (deposit $80.00); commuter $100.00 (deposit $50.00). Register by Friday, April 10.

EMBRACING THE CHAOS
May 15-17, 2015
Guest Presenter: Tom Roberts
How often do we feel at the mercy of the events of our lives? Does it seem like the chaos 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. We will explore how what we refer to as chaos is really the “stuff” of our spiritual growth. We will approach this chaos with a greater depth of patience, openness and compassion. In the process we will see how we can relate to chaos more skillfully and ultimately further the depth of our spiritual progress. Arrive Friday after 3:00 p.m.; supper at 5:30 p.m. Fee: $180.00 includes 2-night stay in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin and all needs (deposit $80.00); commuter $100.00 (deposit $50.00). Register by Friday, April 17.

VACATION WITH A PURPOSE: WATERCOLOR
May 25-29, 2015
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
We will continue to develop our watercolor paintings 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 with a concern that whatever we paint has effective composition. Come prepared to try new ways of painting with watercolor. Classes will be held 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a home-cooked meal at noon for commuters and residents. Late afternoons and evenings are for your relaxation. Bring tube watercolors, brushes, and watercolor supplies. Materials will also be available for use and purchase. Fee: commuters $250.00; residents $450.00 with arrival on evening of May 24. Register by Monday, May 4. Limit of 8.

FORGIVING: A GUIDED RETREAT
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 with an evening meal on Sunday, June 14 at 5:30 followed by an opening prayer and end on Thursday, June 18 after lunch. Investment: $450.00 includes 4-night stay in shared lakeside cabin and all needs. Please include $100.00 deposit (refunded if reservation is cancelled by May 15). Register by Friday, May 15.

VACATION WITH A PURPOSE: PASTELS WITH VARIOUS MEDIA
July 6-10, 2015
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
We will use Soft Pastels with a variety of other media – fluid acrylics, watercolors, inks, color pencils, gouache, oil pastels, etc. If you have a favorite media that you are working in but want to push it further, this workshop is for you. Bring what you like to paint with and a suggestions of other materials will be sent to you in advance. Classes will be held 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a home-cooked meal at noon for commuters and residents. Late afternoons and evenings are for your relaxation. There will be a wide variety of materials available for your use. Fee: commuters: $250.00; residents, $450.00 with arrival on evening of July 5. Register by Monday, June 15. Limit of 8.

PRAYING WITH CLARE OF ASSISI RETREAT
July 17-21, 2015
Friday 5:30 p.m.-Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
Retreat 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 reltionship 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 (copies 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. Fee: $350.00 includes all needs and a private room in a shared lakeside cabin (deposit $100); commuters $190.00 (deposit $50). Register by Friday, June 19.

SILENT RETREAT ON GRATITUDE
August 7-13, 2015
Friday 5:30 p.m. – Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate
Retreat begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening with departure on the following Thursday by 1:00 p.m. This is a silent retreat. Each day will include morning and evening prayer as well as an hour of spiritual direction. This retreat will focus on the effects of gratitude in our lives. 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. Please include $100.00 deposit (refundable if reservation cancelled by July 10). Register by Friday, July 10.

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 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, call Sister Elizabeth Amman (715-385-3750).



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
715-385-3750



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.