August 2018
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A place for Seekers

The faith in which I was reared was full of seekers and exiles: The Hebrews had a history of living in exile; the story of Exodus is a kind of exile story; Abraham and Sarah were sent into exile; the prophets were usually exiles of one kind or another; even Jesus and his earliest followers–women, slaves, and other oppressed people—were all exiled from place, position, power. The history of Christianity, too, is a story of spiritual movements driven by exiles–mendicant monks and nuns, travelers and pilgrims, and such.
 
The Christine Center is a place made for seekers. There is no dogma here. Journeys are not judged. We not only accept spiritual evolution, we encourage and celebrate it. Spirituality here is related to movement, flow, growth, change. On a spiritual path, you never get there, because there is no “there.”
 
Our view at the Christine Center is that seekers, exiles, wanderers, nomads and nones are safe here, welcome here, cherished here. They don’t need to be converted or corrected. In an era marked by our harsh judgments of one another—from how you pray to who you love and even what you ate for lunch—a place like this is as refreshing as it is rare.
 
I discovered here is a vibrant spirituality of movement and exploration, and it’s a spirit I am committed to growing. I’m counting on you to help.

Russell King, executive director
Upcoming September Programs

Visit our  retreat calendar web page  for more program offerings and descriptions. Visit the  reservation  page for information or call 715.267.7507. 
Inspire movement...
Andrea Russell Yoga
September 7 – 9 (Friday-Sunday)
With Andrea Russell

Going on retreat offers an opportunity to let down the stresses of life and deepen your yoga and meditation practices. In addition to alignment-based yoga classes and mindfulness meditation instruction, you will learn Ayurvedic lifestyle and practice recommendations to align harmoniously with the season, so your health and well-being may flourish.  This retreat offers just enough time to come back home to yourself without having to travel far. All levels are welcome. Register Here
Inspire intentional living...
Autumn’s Wisdom: A Restorative Yoga Retreat with Rev. Shannon Michael Pater, PsyD. E-RYT 500
September 12 – 14 (Wednesday-Friday)
Tuition: $ 150, plus meals and lodging

The Vernal Equinox is one of the two brief moments of balance between the day and the night; it serves as the portal to autumn, a season of depth, release and restoration. Even the red, orange and yellow colors of the leaves reflect the grounding of the root and lower chakras. The wisdom of the trees can guide us in letting go and composting the soil of our soul.
In this retreat, participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Explore the gifts of Autumn and the grounding of the Yamas in facilitated conversations;
  • Use the generous landscape, intuitive painting studio, labyrinth and spiritual practices of the Christine Center;
  • Integrate insights, questions and awakenings through a daily trauma-informed restorative yoga practice;
  • Set a sankalpa (sacred intention) for the upcoming season at the end of the retreat.

Inspire presence...
Cultivating Mindfulness One Breath at a Time
September 13 – 14 (Thursday-Friday)
With Barbara Wulf, B.S
 
Tuition $95, plus meals and lodging
 
Mindfulness can shift our experience, expand our awareness, and open us up to new approaches to life. In this workshop, learn techniques for bringing awareness and balance into your life while cultivating a sense of overall calm. Sessions include Sitting Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation, Gentle Mindful Movement, Walking Meditation (outside), and Mindful Rest Yoga, a form of deep, restful yogic sleep.

There will be group dialogue and time to commune with nature in the peaceful setting of the Christine Center grounds.  Learn More  
Inspire gratitude...
Change, Chaos and Contentment
September 17 – 19 (Monday-Wednesday)
With Lama Yeshe
Tuition: $125, plus meals and lodging

The Buddha often talked about impermanence, that everything is constantly changing. We know the good times don’t last and our bodies don’t either. However the bad times also don’t last and because of impermanence we can grow and change. Appreciation and gratitude, love and compassion, and wisdom help us develop contentment in spite of the chaos. This program will explore the ideas and methods found in Buddhism that will lead to experiencing more satisfaction and contentment in life. It will include talks, discussion, sitting, walking and guided meditation plus meditation instruction. Hearing about contentment is good. Experiencing it through hearing, contemplation and meditation is better. There will be an opportunity to have an optional private audience with Lama Yeshe.  Learn More  
Inspire deeper meaning...
Exploring Dreams with Jungian Analyst, S. Marge Zulaski, OSF
September 17 – 19 (Monday-Wednesday)
Tuition: Early Bird Rate! $150 until September 10th or $200 after the 10th, plus lodging and meals

Join Marge for an experiential practice of exploring dreams with a Jungian emphasis on learning from the symbols and images of your dreams. To prepare for these days write down all you can remember about a dream and bring a few dreams with you. Together, we will engage with dreams to access inner guidance and to become conscious of where life energy is blocked and where life energy wants to go. We will begin with exercises for remembering and recording your dreams. Register Here
Inspire exploration...
Hilde-Fest 2018: Coming to our Spiritual Senses
Our 7 th annual celebration of the Spirit of St. Hildegard of Bingen
Humanity, take a good look at yourself.  Inside, you’ve got heaven and earth, and all of creation. You’re a world—everything is hidden in you.  – St. Hildegard of Bingen
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Friday evening, September 21 to Sunday mid-day, September 23, 2018
Tuition: $250 (Early registration is $200 through August 31st) Room and board are additional.

With Sister Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, Ph.D.

  • Special presentations by Sister Gabe on Friday evening and Saturday morning offer vibrant ways in which the 12th century St. Hildegard can nourish a 21st century mystic clarity.
  • Our annual weekend celebration “of all things Hildegard” is perfect for newcomers as well as for those who have a long-time experience of her life and world view.  This year we honor contemplative “sensing” and “making sense” of God’s goodness and ever-greening grace. 
  • We will taste, smell, hear, and see, opening our senses to all that mirrors God and affirms Presence and Beauty. Saturday afternoon features a special sampling of St. Hildegard’s favorite herbs and spices and an experience of her healing use of semi-precious stones.

Inspire awakening...
Aging into Higher Consciousness
September 25 – 27 (Tuesday-Thursday)
With Delmarie Gibney, FSPA and Lucia Leck, M.Ed.
Tuition: $150, plus meals and lodging

Join us in exploring aging as nature’s way of luring us deep into the discovery of who we are, bringing us to the pinnacle of our personal and spiritual development. Hosted close to the time of the spring and fall equinoxes, when life is either budding forth or being harvested, we focus on our own aging process. We look back at who we have been or forward to who we are becoming. Learn More
Looking for a way to contribute to the Christine Center, have fun, and gain a chance to win a gift from our drawing?
Then don’t miss our
  2018 Annual
Summer Drawing Event

How to enter the drawing:
1.   You can enter in person by purchasing tickets, 1 ticket for $5, or 3 tickets for $10
OR

2.You can enter by going to our WEBSITE and clicking on the DONATIONS page. Enter the amount in $5 or $10 increments, and we will place your name on the equal number of tickets.

3. Fill out the contact information

4. Please designate SUMMER DRAWING on the “ address 2” section , as well as which items you wish to enter your name under.
We will draw the winning tickets after the annual Hildegard Fest during the mid-day meal on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Good Luck!

…and many thanks for supporting the Christine Center
A. Meditation Basket Full of Peacefulness

Includes:

  • Tibetan Singing bowl w/ cushion and striker
  • Authentic Selenite crystal
  • Incense Sticks and holder
  • Rose Quartz Mala
  • Meditation book, Heart Chimes, Quan Yin Statue, Heartistry Inner Sanctum CD

Valued at $200
B.  Original Painting by Sr. Gabriele Uhlein
 
“Moonlight Sonata”
Opaque Watercolor
   
 
Valued at $200
C. Four Season Print
 
Tempered metal for indoor
Or outdoor use…
Brilliant Colors!
 
 
Valued at $200
D. Green Bay Packers

3` x 5` wool area rug
 
GO PACK!

Valued at $200
E. Retreat for two at the Christine Center
Includes two nights and meals

Relax, Renew, and Rejuvenate!
Choice of shared hermitage or Guest room.
Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals


Valued at $384
WE WELCOME YOU!
We are eternally grateful for your donations!
Or mail your gift to
The Christine Center W8303 Mann Road Willard, WI 54493
Thank you for your support!