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Come learn the beginning steps of these ancient practices in a supportive, comfortable, and beautiful space. Yoga is a way to balance and ease stress. Meditation helps you to find peace, healing and renewal. You can experience mindfulness through meditation and yoga techniques with Bill Miller and Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA, Ph. D. Give yourself the gift of a life lived in greater harmony in this retreat.
The Christine Center was created in the spirit of simplicity, stillness and beauty. The staffs will receive you with deep hospitality and will do everything they can to make your stay what you require.
You will be staying at one of the rustic or modern hermitages in Christine Center. Each of the 16 hermitages is unique and hand-crafted. All hermitages have electricity and one to five beds. The modern hermitages have gas or electric heat, a bathroom with shower and furnished kitchenette.
Rustic hermitages have gas or wood stoves for heating and a port-a-potti. The all-modern, beautiful siloe bathroom and laundry facility (pronounced: sill o way) for rustic hermitage guests and campers has separate women’s and men’s sections.
The dining room is a work of art with handmade cabinetry, original paintings, a handmade quilt as wall hanging and handmade fabric art panels gliding gracefully across the pine ceiling. A bank of windows and skylights lets in sunshine. During warm months there’s dining on the patio accompanied by hummingbirds and flowers. Coffee and tea service and fruit are always available in the dining room.
Mary of Angels Chapel is in the round with a soaring pine ceiling and with beautiful stained-glass windows designed by Eau Claire, Wisconsin artist, Laurie Biezi. The chapel holds Christine Center’s recently donated complete set of crystal singing bowls.
If the exquisite round hall is not being used, you are welcome to use this beautiful space to meditate, practice yoga, and read. Twice-daily meditation practice takes place at 7 a.m. for 1 hour and at 5 p.m. for 30 minutes (except Sunday). Everyone is welcome.
Bill is a retired police officer and criminal justice teacher. He has completed the 200-hour Viniyoga Wellness Teacher training program and is a certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200).
Sister Cecilia Corcoran, FSPA has a Ph.D. in Women’s Religious Studies and has particular skill in integrating outward experience with inward deepening. Before coming to the Christine Center in 2005, Cecy co-facilitated international pilgrimages and immersion experiences in Latin America and Europe.
That’s why she was delighted when offered the opportunity to explore Russia and the Baltics in 2013. Seeing the world from another’s perspective calls her to deeper appreciation and solidarity. She may be physically located at the Christine Center but her world view is broad and deep.
She views the power of intention and the very act of breathing a way of being connected across the planet. She celebrates this by chanting together as a form of prayer.
This retreat will take place in Wisconsin, USA.
Buffet-style meals at the Christine Center are homemade with fresh, natural whole foods, grown locally and organic when available. Most are vegetarian. You often hear lots of “oh wow, this is incredible” floating through the dining room. You are welcome to join the other guests for home-cooked meals or stay in a modern hermitage with a furnished kitchen and bring your own food, or do some of both.
You’re invited to join the community in mealtime conversations. If you would prefer your meals in solitude, two hallways with lots of sunlight extend from the dining room with small tables. In warm weather there are tables on the patio.
Christine Center emphasizes natural foods and meals made from scratch. Many of the vegetables, fruits, breads, honey, maple syrup, and eggs served are from the organic gardens from local farmers. The herb garden is year-round made possible from the passive solar windows.
The cooks bring unique creativity and style. Christine Center celebrates the vegetarian specialist, down home cooking authorities, and food intuitive who prepare nurturing dishes. The food on the tables has a sense of inner spiritual nourishment in harmony with the land.
At the time you make your reservation, let Christine Center know any food restrictions. Christine Center provides gluten free, vegan, and dairy free diets. If you have severe food allergies they may be unable to accommodate you in the dining room. You are welcome to bring your own food and stay in a modern hermitage with kitchenette. If you choose accommodations without a refrigerator, you may store a few specialty food items in the dining room refrigerator.
The library is a first-rate collection of a wide-range of spirituality titles. There are two computer stations with printers, plus Wi-Fi. A comfortable, quiet, contemplative space for reflection with lots of morning sun.
The shop is small but mighty. They stock a wide range of subjects on spirituality. In addition, they also have beautiful handmade bookmarks, original art work, handmade jewelry, and contemplative items, as well as a choice of journals and notebooks, colored pencils, incense, and hand-crafted soaps.
Spirit Jewel Bookstore is located along the corridor on the way to the library and chapel. A comfortable chair and lighting allow for browse and sit sessions. Fresh books arrive every week or so, and free books are replenished monthly.
Spirit Jewel Bookstore offers books on Christian mystics, contemporary Buddhism, contemporary spirituality, Jungian dreams, science / eco-spirituality, First Nations, yoga / body awareness, St. Hildegard of Bingen, writing as spiritual practice, mandala / intuitive arts, and many other topics and 500 or so titles, and a children’s section for books to enjoy with and to inspire the little ones in your life.
Once you’re given a tour and instructions from a resident artist, S. Gabriel Uhlein, OSF, PhD, you’re free to use the studio anytime the muse calls to you day or night.
Christine Center offers marked trails for hiking briskly or meditation, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. One stretch of the trail is now a board-walk for walking in wet weather.
Bodywork or massage is available on request, and it is not included in the price. Please make arrangements before you come with Roberta Hodges, who lives within a brief walk from the center.
Flights are available into the Minneapolis International Airport (MSP), Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA), and Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (EAU). Christine Center can arrange to pick you up and drop you off.
The closest bus station is in Eau Claire. Christine Center can arrange to pick you up and drop you off.
The closest Amtrak station is about 1.5 hour’s drive in Tomah, Wisconsin. Christine Center can arrange to pick you up and drop you off.
"I love the Christine Center. It is my go to place when I need some alone time and want to recharge my batteries. I've been coming here for over 10 years and have never found any other place quite like it."
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"Beautiful people in an ideal setting for meditation, rest, and quiet days. My husband and I spent a lovely weekend here, enjoying the company, nourishing meals, and space to think and breathe."
November 30, 2015. Christine Center Facebook page, edited, edited
"I couldn't love this place and the people more! Thank you for being there for all those who seek love and wisdom and healing."
November 18, 2015. Christine Center Facebook page, edited, edited
"Thank you to the staff. I enjoy quality programs, clean comfortable lodging, wonderful food, meeting like-minded people from all walks of life. We come to experience the present moment and share our creativity. We stop for a while to honor the earth that we are here to take care of our own lives and our creator. I also have some wonderful dreams at the center."
November 7, 2015. Christine Center Facebook page, edited, edited