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!
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:
Charged With God’s Grandeur
March 21-26, 2014
Friday 5:30 p.m. to Wed. 10:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Roselyn Heil, FSPA
The back and forth of transitions into new Life are invitations to experience Divine presence in and around us. We’ll explore Earth’s colors, music of flowing water, fly with the breezes and soak in the growing warmth of Sun in the Northwoods (carpool travel required). Evenings are free for campfires and creative expression. Arrive after 3:00 p.m. Friday; supper at 5:30 p.m. Register by Friday, March 7. Fee: $450.00 includes 5-night stay in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin and all needs (deposit $100); Commuters $300.00 (deposit $50).
Holy Week Retreat
April 13-20, 2014
alm Sunday 5:00 p.m. to Easter Sunday a.m.
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA
This special week will include time for personal and communal reflection and prayer. The book: Being the Body of Christ: What the People of the Passion Teach Us About Jesus Today by Marci Alborghetti (book provided) will focus the daily time of group reflection. Participants are invited to celebrate Holy Week liturgies at the local Holy Family Church or church of choice. Additional opportunities to experience local expressions are options. Fee: $460.00 includes private room in a shared cabin and all needs (deposit $100). Commuters $310.00 (deposit $50). Register by Friday, March 14.
Three-Day Watercolor Workshop for Beginners
April 25-27, 2014 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. each day
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
Focus on beginners in watercolors. It is important to have quality paints and brushes. If you are not sure what supplies to purchase, you will learn that, too. Beginning supplies will be available for use on site for the classes and are included in the fee. We suggest that you wait to purchase more watercolors until after the workshop. Register by Monday, December 30. Bring a lunch each day. Fee: $90.00. If desired, please arrange overnight accommodations when you register.
Beginner’s Eye: Photography from the Soul
May 16-18, 2014
Friday 6:30 p.m. - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Thomas Roberts
Beginners Eye is a unique experience that utilizes photography to help us to discover the fascination and beauty inherent in the small and deceptively trivial patterns, colors and textures existing in the world around us. Cultivating Beginner’s Eye deepens our connection with our true selves and our world around us, ultimately emphasizing our “being serene in the oneness of things.” No photography experience nor fancy camera is necessary. Cell phone cameras are acceptable. Fee: Commuters $175. Residents $225 includes facilitator and private room in a shared lakeside cabin. Call for more details: 715-385-3750.
Vacation With A Purpose: Water Media
May 25-30, 2014
Instructor: Karen Kappell, FSPA
This workshop will be for those who have worked and have familiarity with the medium. Fee: $450.00 includes 5-night stay in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin and all needs (deposit $100); $250.00 for commuters (deposit $50). Reserve your cabin well in advance as this is a popular time of the year for people to be in the Northwoods.
June 8-12, 2014
Sunday 5:30 p.m. - Thursday 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Marla Lang, FSPA
Morning reflection will focus on the Franciscan legacy of presence in today’s setting: the Canticle of Creation through today’s satellites, contemplative connection with nature’s Northwoods, compassionate neighborhoods, and the Compassion Charter. Afternoons are free for personal prayer, pondering, exploring, rest, etc. Spiritual direction available. All activities are within individual walking capabilities. Register by Thursday, May 8. 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
Sun. 5:30 p.m. thru Fri. 10:00 a.m.
Director: Carl J. Koch
Retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday with departure at 10 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.
Vacation with A Purpose: Mixed Media
July 6-11, 2014
Presenter: Karen Kappell, FSPA
The focus will be described in the next newsletter (for those who have worked and have familiarity with the medium). Fee: $450.00 includes 5-night stay in a private room in a shared lakeside cabin and all needs; $250.00 for commuters. Reserve your cabin well in advance as this is a popular time of the year in the Northwoods.
Directed Retreat - Silent Retreat
August 2-10, 2014
Director: Miriam Cecile Ross, SSND
Simple supper at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; departure at 10:00 a.m. next Saturday. 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 Thursday, July 3. Fee: $525.00 includes spiritual direction and all needs, plus 7 nights in a private room in shared lakeside cabin ($100.00 deposit).
For more information or to register for a Retreat, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-385-3750.
Healing in America
February 7-9, 2014
May 2-4, 2014
June 6-8, 2014
Participants learn how to give healing to people who are sitting on a chair.
March 28-30, 2014
September 5-7, 2014
Participants learn how to give healing on a massage table.
April 11-13, 2014
October 10-12, 2014
Participants leave able to conduct a full healing on a massage table in a professional setting.
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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!
• whole day • half day • evening
Themes focused for Liturgical Ministers; Vatican II
Sr. Marla Lang, FSPA
Eco-spirituality and Healing themes
Sr. Roselyn Heil, FSPA
For more information or to explore other possibilities or to schedule a retreat at your site contact Marywood:
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.