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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

June 8-12, 2014
Sunday 5:30 p.m. - Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA
Each morning’s reflection will focus on the Franciscan legacy of presence in today’s setting: The Canticle of Creation through today’s lens, contemplative connection with nature’s northwoods, neighborhood outreach, and the Charter of Compassion. Afternoons will be free for personal prayer time, pondering, exploring, rest, etc. Spiritual direction will be available. All activities are within individual walking capabilities. Register by Monday, May 19. Fee: Residents $299.00 (deposit $100) includes all needs and a private room in a shared lakeside cabin. Commuters $190.00 (deposit $50).

QUIET TIME OF SOLITUDE: Private Directed Retreat
June 15-20, 2014
Sunday 5:30 p.m. thru Friday 10:00 a.m.
Director: Carl J. Koch
Retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday with departure at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Registration is limited. 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 woodland environment and lakeside cabin. Register by Thursday, May 15. Fee: $450.00 includes 5-night cabin stay and spiritual direction (details available on request). Please include $100 deposit (refundable if reservation is cancelled one month prior to retreat).

VACATION WITH A PURPOSE: Pastels with Various Media
July 6-11, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
We will use pastels with a variety of other 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 pastel paintings. Bring watercolor paper (300# hot press-2 to 3 sheets 22 by 30), brushes, misters, if you have a gator board you can stretch 140# paper. We will gather together each day from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and take a break at noon for a home-cooked meal for commuters and residents. Late afternoons and evening are reserved for your relaxation. Fee: $250.00 commuters (deposit $50; $450.00 residents with arrival on the evening of July 6. includes 5-night stay in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin and all needs (deposit $100). Limit of 8. Register by Monday, June 9.

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

Holy Week Retreat
April 1-5, 2015
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA

Greening our Lives: Living life in abundance
April 17-19, 2015
Presenter: Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate

Vacation with a Purpose: Watercolor
May 24-29, 2015
Instructor: Karen Kappel, FSPA

Forgiving: A Guided Retreat
June 14-18, 2015
Presenter: Carl Koch

Vacation with a Purpose: Mixed Media
July 6-10, 2015
Instructor: Karen Kappel, FSPA

Franciscan Preached Retreat
July 17-21, 2015
Presenter: Marla Lang, FSPA

Guided Retreat on Gratitude
August 7-13, 2015
Presenter: Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate

Celebrating St. Francis
October 1-4, 2015
Presenters: Marla Lang, FSPA and Joyce Heil, FSPA Affiliate

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

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.