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October 15, 2020

The Christine Center Celebrates 40 Years of Spiritual Deepening
On October 11, 2020, the Christine Center celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Unfortunately, our celebratory plans needed to be postponed until next year due to Covid-19. However, you will soon be receiving our commemorative newsletter by mail highlighting our humble beginnings and plans that we have embarked upon to Preserve our Heritage for the future.

The Christine Center was founded as a place of retreat supported by the vision of Sr. Virginia Barta, OSF: “We are One.” Sr. Virginia understood the value of silence and nature. She felt guided to a 251-acre farm in Willard WI. The farm provided an existing barn and silo and it was within these structures that the Christine Center became a reality.

We are thankful to the Legacy of Sisters, friends, donors, and volunteers, who continue to support our vision of
Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation.

Prayer of Unification

In the name of the One God,
Mother-Father of us All,
And of Everything.
We are One Mind
In the Light of Holy Wisdom;
We are One Heart in the Radiance
Of Pure Love;
We are One Body in the
Resonance of Divine Power.
All of Creation is One,
In Light and Love and Power,
As it was in the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be. Amen.
Sr. Virginia Mary Barta, OSF
Christine Center Foundress

Greer Foundation
$25,000 Matching Grant Challenge

We want to express our gratitude to all of our donors who have supported us during our temporary March 13 closure. The Center is again open for onsite and private retreats; however, we continue to be in need of funds for hermitage repairs and operations. Time and weather have taken a toll on our beloved buildings. Major repairs and renovations have already been made to Ahimsa, Basil, Sun, Rumi, and Shekinah, the home of the Sisters, with donor designated funds.

On October 11, 2020, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Christine Center. To mark this milestone, we are announcing a $100,000 Preserve Our Heritage Campaign, which will allow us to continue with restorations and maintain operations through this fiscal year. We are hopeful to gather next year for our postponed 40th celebration.

We also have wonderful news, which will assist us with the launch of our campaign.

Carl Greer has been a presenter and loyal supporter of the Christine Center for many years. The Greer family understands the importance of sustaining this woodland sanctuary as a resource for future retreatants. The Greer Foundation would like to invite other donors to join with them. They have again generously announced a challenge grant of $25,000 to assist us with our campaign. This grant will match each dollar we are able to raise up to $25,000.

Please consider making a gift, which will then be doubled to assist us with the Preservation of our Heritage.

Thank you for your generous spirit!

Restoration of Shekinah-Home of the Sisters

Hybrid Programs
We are now offering hybrid programs which will be held both onsite and online.
The Oracle of Partnership: A Couples Retreat with the I Ching

with Ron Moor and Cheryl Long
December 11-13, 2020

You may also attend from your home with our online Zoom option.

$200 per couple ($100 each person), plus meals and lodging
Online participation: $200 per couple ($100 each)

This special weekend retreat is for couples to attend together.

Space for this program is limited to
10 couples onsite and 10 couples online

Through 5,000 years of Chinese wisdom teachings, the I Ching comes to us as a Way into the ever flowing, always changing energies of creation. Ever evolving, this ancient oracle of being is a revered guide into living in greater harmony with the cosmos. It has been used by individuals, communities and by couples to aid in understanding and moving through the deeper challenges of living.

Above all, The I Ching is a guide to greater acceptance and deeper loving. Our focus in this weekend is on its application as a profound tool for relationships. You will be taught how to commune with and apply these insightful words of wisdom. Join us and give your relationship a loving gift of deeper communion. No experience is necessary.

Please bring a copy of A Guide to the I Ching, 3rd Edition by Carol K. Anthony.

Cheryl Long and Ron Moor have lived lives of service as therapists, teachers, spiritual guides, explorers of the world’s wisdom traditions and students of the I Ching.

Online Retreat Experiences
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with Ronald E. Moor
Wednesday’s at 10am
$10 per session
“Being Aware of Being Aware”: A Daily Life Meditation Retreat

with Doug McGill
October 16-18, 2020

October 22-24, 2020
with S. Gabriele Uhlein
$60 for three day package
2 sessions per day at 10am and 3pm

with Kara Vangen and Kathleen Graham
November 13, 2020: Sitting in the Dark
Future Dates:
  • Sunday, December 20, 2020 3:00-6:30pm: Centering With the Solstice (Cost $30)
  • Special Solstice offering!
  • January 8, 2021
  • February 5, 2021
  • March 19, 2021
Inner Life Fridays is a wonderful opportunity to experience deep spiritual nourishment within an online community. Recently, Kara and Kathleen have made some beautiful adjustments to their program offering, to align with the season and the Winter Solstice.

November 20-22, 2020
Fee: $250
Early bird registration by October 23, 2020: $200
With Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
December 4-6, 2020
Register by November 13 for early bird discount: $125
On-site Retreat Programs
We are now offering online registration for both online and on-site programs!
The Christine Center’s 2020 Fall Mens’ Retreat

with Rahjta Ren
October 30 – November 1, 2020
$150, plus meals and lodging

Join us in this exploration of heart consciousness; a gathering of like-minds and openheartedness. Whether you are steeped within years or decades of personal practice or new to the journey within heart consciousness, this weekend retreat is an interactive immersion into the gifts that await you within the boundlessness of your own heart.

This retreat is for men within our society and culture that seek healthy masculine and feminine balance as a steward for our collective healing and the emotional, intelligent advancement of humanity.

Our group sojourn focuses on integrating ever-growing shifts from intellect to heart, and how these insights emanate into our personal lives. You will experience inspiring methods and practices of dissolving illusions of separateness. We peer into how we must discern a balance between our conditioned experience of seeing separateness and “feeling” holistic interconnectedness and interdependence.
A personal message from Rahjta:

It is with my immense gratitude to the Christine Center for enabling this wonderful opportunity for our fall Men’s Retreat!

The essence of this weekend retreat is to foster and inspire an ongoing practice of living in, and as one’s heart. Our heart produces resonance, which is a palpable and definable, scientifically measured energetic field which emanates from within all of us. Integrally woven as our vibrational field of heart, will be inspiring explorations into music and tonal sound.

Whether a novice or highly skilled, I encourage you to bring musical instruments enhancing this aspect of our weekend of communing. I have dedicated much time and effort to the development, design and precious flow of our weekend together. As a day-to-day practice, my devotion is steeped in maintaining this subtle yet profound balance of heart and intellect. I gleefully look forward to sharing our depth and breath of time together!

In Great Appreciation,

Exploring Stress in Our Sacred Bodies through Free Form Dance & Movement

November 11-13, 2020
with Adina Joy Levitt
$150, plus meals and lodging

Adina has woven her shamanic training with her love of Free Form Dance & Movement to create this ceremonial form of reconnecting with the body as a sacred tool to dive into the mystery of our very beings. In a world where so many of us feel stressed in our bodies, we can learn to stop and listen to the wisdom that our bodies hold by carefully exploring both our bodies’ biology and simultaneously entering the unseen realms. With eyes half closed in the candle-lit meditation hall we will use dance as a means to tap into this exploratory journey to receive guidance from our bodies, ancestors, healing guides, and Future Selves.

Instead of learning steps to a specific dance routine, Free Form Dance gives us unlimited access to interact with our unique life stories. Our stressful situations become places for us to learn from, moving away from a survival mentality, unraveling myths from our ancestry, and learning to dance in the flow that resides in and around us all.

Adina completed a three and a half year Shamanic Apprenticeship and has participated in medicine dances in forests, outdoor arbors, and parks in order to connect in a conscious way with the Earth, her body, and the larger interconnection of the Universe.

No previous dance experience needed. Participants will have time to journal and process their work with the group during the retreat.

Find out more about Adina here:
Please contact Adina with any questions:
“The Spark of Tejas: Building Radiance, Courage, & Compassion”

Yoga & Meditation Retreat
$200, plus meals and lodging
November 13-15, 2020

Join Amie Heeter during this Friday-Sunday retreat where we will highlight the practices of meditation and yoga nidra in tandem with creative breath centered slow flow yoga to bring forward the light of tejas, that spark of consciousness that drives us to direct our actions, willpower, and intention towards dharma. Experience the power of stillness and reflection coupled with time in nature to unlock this supreme vital essence. All levels welcome, practices can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual.
Centering Down Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation Retreat

with Andrea Russell
November 20-22, 2020

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.

For more information and to register-
2020 Uplift Yoga Retreat

with Kate Karshna
November 27-29, 2020

Theme: Resilience in Times of Transformation

Many of us are longing for an opportunity for connection with others or even just a period of time away from our normal routine, to seek solitude and perhaps find some clarity about how to live while in the midst of a constant simmer of anxiety.

We need to feel hope and resilience, and yoga offers so many tools to get us there.

Join us this Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 27-29) for a gathering of whole-hearted spirits as we explore ways to safely navigate our world while bolstering our inner strength. And come away with resources and practices to help you thrive in your daily life.

For registration information, Contact Kate Karshna:

Cost includes lodging, meals and yoga, and ranges from $266 – $356 per participant, depending on lodging choice.
The Art of Self Care- Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation Retreat

with Andrea Russell

December 4-6, 2020

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.

For more information and to register-
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Or mail your gift to:
The Christine Center, W8303 Mann Road, Willard, WI 54493
Thank you for your support!
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