June 2017
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  Yoga Festival Fundraiser
Coming June 30-July 2 
A Celebration for Mind, Body, and Heart
with Earth and Spirit 

We invite you to join us for one of the many traditions that find a home here. The Christine Center, rooted as it is in the Franciscan mystical lineage, recognizes the diversity of forms through which the Divine allures the human family to deeper consciousness.  

We celebrate this festival as an opportunity to make friends and learn from one another.  Delighting in our common search for a peaceful world we welcome a weekend that honors a variety of spiritual practices while supporting the future of the Christine Center.
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June Retreat Programs

Visit our  retreat calendar web page  for more program offerings and descriptions.  Visit the reservation page for information  or call 715.267.7507. 
Ancient Fire Modern Man: A Retreat for Men
June 4-6 (Sunday-Tuesday)
With Patrick McCoy
Come join in the sacred circle of brotherhood.  With music, poetry, and the experience of Nature we will share our stories of what it means to be a man in today’s America. Learn ways to more fully “show up” for ourselves, our family, our faith, and our communities. Patrick is a wordsmith, health coach, musician, veteran of men’s spirituality work, father and husband. Learn More

Painting from Soul: Intuitive Painting Open Studio
June 8-11 (Thursday-Sunday) Daily 10 am-12:30; 2:30-5:00 pm, including Sunday.
With S. Gabriele Uhlein, OSF, PhD
Jumpstart your natural creativity in a fun and supportive community of happy painters! Each day includes two creativity coaching sessions with Gabriele. Her intuitive art studio provides a “judgement-free zone” for daring freedom, breaking old patterns and discovering fresh creative possibilities. If you’re an artist, here’s a chance to dare yourself to stretch into fresh creative possibility! Yet, No previous art skill is required! Learn More

Wilderness as Healer and Teacher
June 9-11 (Friday-Sunday)
With Ana Larramendi       
Are you a lover of nature who wishes to deepen your spiritual relationship with the natural world. Experience what it means to integrate indigenous wisdom and wilderness awareness. Learn how to communicate and be present with the Earth Mother, to see, hear and feel her signs, omens, rhythms and mysteries from a shamanic perspective. Delve deeply and combine ordinary and non-ordinary reality awareness to interpret and read the communications of the land. Learn More

Heart Centered Classical Yoga for Women
June 16-18 (Friday-Sunday)
With Katherine Banbury, CYT, and Marge Zulaski, OSF, PsyD
Ancient and contemporary spiritual teachings are shared in a supportive women-centered group. Practice a full range of postures. Learn meditation techniques to focus and calm the mind. Learn ways to trust your intuition and wisdom Experience deep relaxation and rejuvenation Share in conversations expressing what you are learning and experiencing. Enjoy time for solitude for reflection and integration. Learn More
Meditation and Qi Gong Retreat: “Breath- Exploring Presence through the Body-Mind”
June 16-18 (Friday-Sunday)
With Paul Stern and Trish Johnson
No experience is necessary for this Zen meditation and Qi gong retreat. Zen Meditation will include both seated and walking practices indoors and outdoors. Qi gong promotes holistic wellness; you’ll learn breath/movement practices and spend many hours in silence, providing time and space to sit with yourself without dialogue and distraction. Included will be contemplative talks and time for dialogue. Learn More

The Diamond Approach to Inner Work
With Carol and Neal Carbon
June 22-25 (Thursday-Sunday)
The Diamond Approach is a path of spiritual realization characterized by sincere inquiry into one’s experience, fueled by the love of truth. The immediate contact with the truth of our experience allows the unfoldment of our Soul to reach increasingly deeper levels of truth. Our work includes meditations, teachings, movement, and experiential exercises. Learn More

Placing Your Mind in Your Heart:  Introductory Wisdom School  PART A
June 26-29 (Monday-Thursday)
With Beth O’Brien and Ann Baltes
Following the Benedictine rhythm of ora et labora (prayer and work), this 4-day experiential retreat will offer an introductory immersion into Wisdom Work. Silence, group teachings, instruction in spiritual practices, and group meditation will provide the framework to introduce retreatants to the Christian contemplative tradition. Learn More

And as Always, We Offer Rejuvenating Weekday Getaways
Replenish yourself with natural beauty and healthy meals in this sacred place. Come r ead, write, create, or just relax in the the stillness and peace of uninterrupted time. Spiritual Guidance available.  Learn More  
         Christine Center     
 Spiritual Deepening
for Global Transformation
Three-year Certificate Program
Group 6 
Begins February 23, 2018

Now Accepting Applications

Choose a commitment to your own Spiritual Deepening:  Learn contemplative practices for daily life.  Cultivate self-acceptance and learn to silence the inner critic. 

Choose to grow in a Circle of Community:  Find greater depth in conversations and relationships.  Recognize shared values by engaging in a community of people seeking spiritual depth.

For the sake of Global Transformation:  Grow in sensing the interconnection of all living beings.  Know that our spiritual practices and our personal transformation contributes to the good of the whole world.

Our program offers
  • A thoughtful blend of study, contemplation, dialogue and community.
  • Guidance and support for exploring a rich interior life.
  • Skills to meet life’s challenges with a depth of understanding and compassion.
  • Opportunities to transform, heal and create a life of spiritual depth and grace for your own sake and for the sake of the world.

For details and an application: Learn More

Program Updates 

Sound and Silence retreat program originally scheduled for June 9-11 has been changed to August 4-6. Learn More

A new retreat program sponsored by Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee was recently added to our summer schedule. Buddhist Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh will be held August 6-11 (Sunday-Friday). Learn More

Details about our annual  Hildegard Festival September 15-17 (Friday-Sunday) are now on the website.  An annual tradition at the Christine Center, the Hilde-Fest is a celebration of all things St. Hildegard: music, art, food and the bold stature of soul this 12th century saint inspires! Learn More

Outdoor Volunteers Needed this Summer: Experience Extreme Gratitude
Come for a few days or a week or two. Paint, whack weeds, collect wood, and work on our beautiful trails. Learn More about our Volunteer Program. Email Volunteer Coordinator  Marge Zulaski at mzulaski@tds.net.   
Because We Are Committed to Compassion

Read a  Circle of Compassion  blog post by Henrita Frost, SSND, a member of the Christine Center Leadership Team.

Our Chapel, Mary of the Angels, holds many memories of preparing for the Solemn Blessing of its Altar on September 5, 2010.  Recently as I was meditating in the Chapel, I remembered how our staff was preparing the Chapel for the blessing.  Laurie Bieze, stained glass artist, who created the Chapel windows was present.  As she was installing the stained glass doors, I heard a voice saying: “we like them the other way.” Read More

The Christine Center is a member of the International Charter for Compassion.  Visit their website.
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