Wisconsin Retreat

A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends at the Siena Retreat Center, Racine, Wisconsin

Our next Contemplative Retreat in Wisconsin will take place in the spring of 2020. Please check back in January, 2020, for more information and an opportunity to register.

Here is more information about Contemplative Retreats from the School of the Spirit Ministry. During the retreat, participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing soli­tude in community. There will be individual silent time for prayer, reflection, rest, walks, and contemplative interaction with scripture and other spiritual resources.

View of Lake Michigan near the Siena Center

View of Lake Michigan near the Siena Center.

Meals will be taken in silence, and an evening spent in “active silence,” where we will gather comfortably to read, journal, do hand-work or artwork, or engage in some similar quiet activity.

Sinking down into the silence, we may want to give voice occasionally to what is encountered there. Thus there will also be opportunities for speaking out of the silence in groups, as well as an invitation to meet one-on-one with a retreat leader. In our sharing, our souls touch and we find ourselves gathered in blessed community.

Download brochure for 2019 Wisconsin retreat in pdf format

Retreat Leaders

Contemplative Retreats always have at least two leaders.


Siena Retreat Center has 67 private bedrooms with private bath facilities. There is elevator access to all floors and the center is accessible to people with moderate physical limitations. Retreatants have access to the retreat chapel, outdoor labyrinth, Siena Center library, washing machine and dryer on each floor, and Creativity Room with a variety of arts supplies. Please indicate any mobility concerns on the Registration Form. A gallery of photos is available on the Siena Center website.


First day:
3:30-5 pm Arrival and settling in
5 pm Opening worship
5:30 pm Dinner

Final day:
11 am Closing worship
12 noon Lunch followed by departure

Times are approximate. A detailed schedule will be sent in advance by the retreat leaders.

Flexible Fees (from 2019; fees in 2020 may be different)

Full Cost* / Minimum
Single $425 / $240
* This is the cost per person of the event to SotS.

Discernment questions regarding what to pay:

> Is the ‘Full Cost’ of this event within your means?
> If yes, can you pay a little more to support another?
> If the ‘Full Cost’ is not within your means, what can you pay?
> Have you considered asking your meeting or church for financial assistance?
> If the ‘Minimum’ is still too much, please contact us at info@schoolofthespirit.org or call 717.203.1642.


Registration is in TWO steps.

STEP 1: click on the button below to register. The form will ask for your personal information, your room and dietary preferences, and what you can pay.

STEP 2: instructions as to how to pay will appear on your Confirmation Page. Paying online will take you to PayPal where you can pay via credit card. You do NOT need a PayPal account to do this.

Alternatively you can send a check made out to the School of the Spirit Ministry, for the amount in the table. Mail your check to: The School of the Spirit Ministry, c/o 360 Blossom Hill Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Cancellation Policy
30 days or more prior to the event, full refund less $20 processing fee. 14-29 days prior to the event, 50% refund. Less than 14 days, no refund.


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