A private retreat is a time away. It is time for you to listen to the voice inside your heart and to reconnect to that which is most sacred to you.
An individual retreat may be scheduled any time of the year except August, depending on availability. You may select as many meals as you wish in the Retreat Dining Room, or you may bring your own food. You are also able to walk the outdoor labyrinth, express yourself through art in the Creativity Room, participate in daily prayer in Racine Dominican Sisters' chapel, stroll the beautiful grounds, visit the bookstore, utilize the books in the Siena Center library, or find a quiet place in to read and reflect. Bicycles, blankets, and lawn chairs are available for outdoor use.
Individualized retreat opportunities include:
Spiritual Guidance ...may be scheduled for a single time or on a recurring basis.
Retreat Accommodations ...browse photos of bedroom accommodations at this link.
"Guided" or "Directed" Retreat ...experienced retreat directors are available to guide you in your retreat.
Threads of Life- Weaving Retreat ...this weeklong retreat offers the opportunity to learn loom weaving while experiencing a silent retreat and daily meeting with a spiritual guide.
Basket Weaving Retreat ...this retreat offers the opportunity to learn basket-making while experiencing a private retreat and engaging in conversion with a spiritual guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a private retreat? What do I do on a retreat?
- A retreat allows a person to take “sabbath time,” to reflect on life and what nourishes the soul. This can be done through walks on the lake or through the grounds, individual prayer or communal prayer with the sisters, reading (a library is on site), journaling, rest and sleep, massage or other healing therapy (if available), spiritual guidance (or “spiritual direction”), creative expression in the art room, or simply being silent.
- May I bring my own food?
- Yes. Please coordinate with us which meals you will or will not be taking, as well as the space available to you for refrigeration, etc.
- Can Siena accommodate my dietary restriction?
- Our kitchen is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Advanced coordination is required so that we can best meet your specific needs. Please contact Sr. Dolores at (262) 898-2580.
- Are there private bathrooms?
- Each bedroom has a private bathroom with a shower. Some bedrooms have a queen-size bed, others have one or two twin beds. Each bedroom has adjustable air conditioning.
- What are the rates?
- Overnight accommodations are $46 per person per night ($48 per night starting September 1, 2017). Meals cost $8 for breakfast, $12 for the noon meal (the main meal of the day), and $10 for supper.
- Do you have ADA/handicapped accommodations?
- Yes. A small number of bathrooms have ADA accommodations. Please inquire when you make your arrangements.
- Do you have a healthcare professional on staff on site?
- No, a healthcare professional is not on staff. Urgent health matters would be treated as emergencies, and emergency medical staff (911) may be called.
- What is Spiritual Direction?
- Spiritual direction (or "spiritual guidance") is an age-old process of deep listening to the heart of another as he or she seeks the intention of the Spirit in his or her life. Spiritual guidance can be a single session, multiple sessions during a specific period of time, or more long-term. The goal is a closer union with the Divine that invites wholeness, integrity, and growth. Fees vary, based on number of sessions, but the general range is from $35 to $60 per session.
- What should I bring?
- Linens are provided. You may wish to bring a warm sweater or fleece, as meeting room temperatures in our geo-thermal building are sometimes chilly. Some find bringing a personal journal or spiritual reading helpful as well.
- May I bring my pet?
- Service dogs are welcome, according to law, however we are not able to accommodate pets. Please make other arrangements for your pet.
- Do you have a hermitage?
- A hermitage is not on the Siena campus, but a rustic hermitage is located at the Eco-Justice Center, four miles to the north. The Eco-Justice Center is also a sponsored ministry of the Racine Dominican sisters.
- Do you have a sabbatical program?
- Although Siena Retreat Center does not offer a formal sabbatical program, we do accept private retreatants for extended retreats of up to 30 days, based on space availability. Please inquire about a sabbatical rate. Contact Claire Anderson at (262) 898-2588.
- May I bring my child?
- Siena Retreat Center primarily serves adults and cannot accommodated minors. Please discuss your particular situation when making arrangements.