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3 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat Wisconsin

  • Christine Center, W8303 Mann Road, Willard, Wisconsin 54493, USA

Overview

Insightful Wisconsin Yoga Retreat

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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Breathing practices
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Morning chanting and stretches
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Hermitage

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.

Dining room

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 the Angels Chapel

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.

Meditation Hall

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.

Friday

  • 19:00 Introductions: “How We Come to This Exploring the Body / Breath / Mind Connection: Yoga” and “Begin or Beginning Again to Reach for Inner Calm: Meditation”

Saturday

  • 07:00 Morning routine (optional stretches, chanting and 30 minutes of meditation)
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 “The Way to Begin: Yoga for Stress Reduction and Body Awareness” and “Breathing into Meditation: Being Present to your Deepest Self Back, Hips, and Knees”
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 “Letting the Body Lead the Soul: Meditation”
  • 17:30 Supper
  • 18:30 “Loving Kindness Meditation” with Sister Henrita Frost and wrapping the day in Gentle yoga

Sunday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Closing circle, yoga review and meditation

Goals

  • Improve balance
  • Increase flexibility and strength
  • Experience mindfulness through meditation and yoga techniques
  • Decrease tension and find harmony through the use of yoga and meditation technique.

Bill Miller

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).

Cecilia Corcoran

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.

Exclusions

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.

Reading at Bela Maroti Library

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.

Shopping at Spirit Jewel Bookstore and Gifts

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.

Visiting the intuitive art studio

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.

Walking on meditation trails

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.

  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Breathing practices
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Morning chanting session and stretches

Driving directions from Northwest (Twin Cities, Eau Claire)

Option 1

  • Take I-94 East into Wisconsin to Exit 88, east of Eau Claire.
  • Take Highway 10 east (Exit 88) at the Osseo exit.
  • Take Highway 10 east for 15 miles.
  • Turn left (north) on County Road I (as in ice cream) just east of Fairchild at the electric power station and drive 14.7 miles.
  • Turn left (north) on County Road G and drive 1 mile.
  • Watch for the Christine Center sign on your left.
  • Turn left (west) on Mann Road and drive to the Christine Center.

Option 2

  • Take I-94 into Wisconsin.
  • Take Highway 29 East (Exit 52).
  • Take County Road M South (right) at Thorp (Exit 108) approximately 15 miles.
  • Turn left (east) at County Road GG and drive 4 miles.
  • Turn right (south) drive through Willard.
  • From Willard, drive 2.5 miles. Watch for the Christine
  • Center sign on your right.
  • Turn right (west) on Mann Road and drive to the Christine Center

Driving directions from Soutwest (LaCrosse, Wisconsin)

  • Take I-90 east to exit 25 at Sparta.
  • Turn left (north) on Highway 27 to Black River Falls.
  • Highway 12 and 27 merge in Black River Falls.
  • Follow Highway 12 / 27 through Black River Falls and continue another 22 miles to Highway 10.
  • Turn right (east) on Highway 10 and then an immediate left (north), at the electric power station, on County I (as in ice cream) and drive 14.7 miles.
  • Turn left (north) on County Road G and drive 1 mile.
  • Watch for the Christine Center sign on your left.
  • Turn left (west) on Mann Road and drive to the Christine Center.

Driving directions from Northeast (Green Bay, Marinette, Upper Michigan)

  • Take Highway 29 west to Highway 73 south (Exit 118).
  • Turn left (south) on Highway 73 to Greenwood.
  • As you are coming into Greenwood turn right (west) on County Road G and drive 3 miles.
  • Turn left (south) and drive 1 mile.
  • Turn right (west) still on County Road G.
  • Follow County G through Willard.
  • From Willard, drive 2.5 miles. Watch for the Christine Center sign on your right.
  • Turn right (west) on Mann Road and drive to the Christine Center.

Driving directions from the East (Appleton)

  • Take Highway 10 west to the Highway 10 and County Road BB roundabout intersection just south of Marshfield.
  • Cross the intersection and continue on County Road BB west for 2 miles.
  • Turn right (north) at County Road B and drive 2 miles.
  • Turn left (west) on County Road H. Continue west. Cross Highway 73.
  • County Road H merges with County Road G. Continue west on County Road G.
  • At the intersection of County Road G and County Road I (as in ice cream), turn right on County Road G and drive 1 mile. Watch for the Christine Center sign on your left.
  • Turn left (west) on Mann Road and drive to the Christine Center.

  • Driving directions from the Southeast (Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison)
  • Drive west on I-94.
  • Take Black River Falls, Exit 115 (Highway 12 / 27) approximately 2 hours north of Madison.
  • Turn right (north) on Highway 12 / 27.
  • Follow Highway 12 / 27 about 30 minutes to Highway 10.
  • Turn right (east) on Highway 10; take an immediate (1 block) left (north), at the electric power station, on County I (as in ice cream) and drive 14.7 miles.
  • Turn left (north) on County Road G and drive 1 mile.
  • Watch for the Christine Center sign on the left.
  • Turn left (west) on Mann Road and drive to the Christine Center.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

The closest bus station is in Eau Claire. Christine Center can arrange to pick you up and drop you off.

Arrival by train

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.

Distances

  • Willard, 2 miles
  • Eau Claire - 1 hour
  • Minneapolis - 3 hours
  • Madison - 3 hours
  • Milwaukee - 4 hours
  • Chicago - 5 hours
For information about the booking conditions, please send Christine Center an inquiry.
  • Review by Renee DuCharme
    9 out of 10

    "The staff at the Christine Center could not be more helpful and nice. Wonderful food, cozy hermitages, I loved it and cannot wait to come back."

    Christine Center Facebook, edited

  • Review by Belinda McLester
    9 out of 10

    "I love the Christine Center. It is my go to place when I need some alone time and want to recharge my batteries. I have been coming here for over 10 years and have never found any other place quite like it."

    Christine Center Facebook, edited

  • Review by Belinda McLester

    "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."

    The Christine Center Facebook, edited

  • Review by Valerie Little from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

    "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

  • Review by Kate Karshna from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

    "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

  • Review by Donna Cole from Niles, Illinois, USA

    "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