October 30 2018
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Seeking the warmth of grace

Though winter’s not yet arrived, the world seems colder than it should. We are buffeted by winds of violence, bigotry, and apathy toward human pain, and the chill too often makes us shiver. 
 
How might I best respond? Some urge us to resist, but as Martin Luther King said, “darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.” Or as Lao Tzu observed: “Water is fluid, soft, and yielding.
But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield…. What is soft is strong.” Or as Jesus said, “I am gentle and humble in heart,” as he taught us to turn the other cheek, forgive, serve, and love. It is not through force, but through grace—“the touch of inner balance”—that I can best survive and thrive “despite the gusts and chill.” 
 
The Christine Center programs over the next few weeks offer a feast of opportunities for finding that balance and achieving that grace. Among those opportunities--from opening our hearts to compassion to vital restoration and rejuvenation, a variety of creative expressions, gentle body sensing practices, movement, sound, silence, visualization, meditation, and yoga, we can discover what our spirits need in these dark days. Perhaps more importantly, we may find that we can become a part of the light that drives out the darkness. 

Russell King, executive director
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November Programs

V isit our  retreat calendar web page  for more program offerings and descriptions. Visit the  reservation  page or call (715) 267-7507. 
A Soul Retreat
with Robert Sardello

Nov. 1--5 ( ( Thursday evening through Monday mid-day)

Tuition: $350 (meals and lodging are additional)

In this premier retreat experience, Robert Sardello invites us into reflection and collective ceremony dedicated to cultural “eldering.” Joined by S. Gabriele Uhlein and others for whom the Christine Center is a spiritual home, we will form a community of wisdom creating a unified, initiatory “eldering” field.

Soul-work is now Earth-size. With Robert Sardello as guide, join us in the evolution of a contemporary “indigenous” and vibrant heartfulness. We are asked, regardless of age or personality, to discover an “Earth-elder” way to live Earth-soul presence.

These days of shared retreat are shaped by a daily rhythm of considered conversation, contemplative practice and collective ceremony. Learn more.
Yoga Nidra 24 with Patricia Wack

November 6-7
(Tuesday 2 PM--Wednesday 2 PM)

Tuition $95 (housing and meals are additional)

Enjoy 24 hours of restoration and rejuvenation through the easiest yoga practice of all – simple, deep, natural rest! The Christine Center welcomes you to a monthly day designated for health, well-being, and ease. Each month, one of our featured instructors will offer a mid-week Yoga Nidra based program designed to help you experience quiet clarity and calm from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Join us as we take a 24 hour “time out” from our busy lives to unwind one serene breath at a time. You may even choose to extend your stay and create your own customized personal retreat. Our woodland sanctuary awaits you! Learn more.
Midwest Diamond
Approach Weekend
The Lataif: Gateways to Essence
With Timothy Bernhard
and Johanna Seubert FSPA

November 23 – 25 (Friday-Sunday)

All-inclusive cost: $315.00 (includes tuition, two nights lodging and four meals)

The lataif are centers of subtle physiology. Activation of the compassion or green lataif gives us access to our loving kindness and compassion and reveals the mystery of having an open heart. This ongoing program on the lataif is presented by Midwest Diamond Approach teachers. The Diamond Approach is a path of spiritual realization characterized by sincere inquiry into one’s experience, fueled by the love of truth. This Midwest Diamond Approach retreat offers:
·          a unique understanding of psychological and timeless spiritual wisdom.
·          awareness and direct personal experience of a doorway to our being.
·          support for one’s inner journey, and living in the world with loving kindness.
The weekend includes meditations, teachings, movement, and experiential exercises. The retreat begins on Friday night at 7:00 and ends on Sunday noon.
For more information and to register: email S. Johanna Seubert or call (715)267-5703 .
Mandala Weekend
with Gabriele Uhlein OSF, PhD

November 23 – 25
(Friday--Sunday | 10 AM--5 PM daily)

Tuition: $60 a day / $30 for half days (all materials included, meals and lodging are additional)

Commuters welcome! Bring a bag lunch or purchase a delicious vegetarian meal for $16. Learn how to make mandalas and discover creativity, relaxation and meditation. Relax, refresh and reflect as your hands create circles of beauty and light.

Sister Gabriele provides guidance and introduces how to use mandala making as a form of prayer and meditation. No previous drawing or art experience is necessary. We will use artist grade colored pencils and watercolors. All materials are provided. Mandalas make wonderful personal keepsakes to honor special occasions and lovely one-of-a-kind gifts  
The Art of Self-Care: Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation
with Andrea Russell 

November 30 – December 2
(Friday-Sunday)

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. Click here for more information and registration.
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