AWAKEN Meditation & Yoga Retreat 2020

Willard, WI, United States

Andrea Russell
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58 reviews
Mar 13 - 15, 2020
Group size: 1 - 40
AWAKEN Meditation & Yoga Retreat 2020
Willard, WI, United States

Andrea Russell
  • Facebook verified
58 reviews

Mar 13 - 15, 2020
Group size: 1 - 40

About this trip


Join Andrea Russell and Sheryl Lilke on a meditation retreat close to home in the tranquil woods of northern Wisconsin. The retreat will be held at The Christine Center in Willard, Wisconsin (three hours northwest from Madison) on 125 acres of land, offering a nurturing and supportive environment for deepening practice and connection. 

During the retreat, we’ll focus on slowing down and deepening your meditation practice. Days will include gentle yoga to prepare your body for sitting, several periods of seated and walking meditation, dharma talks, and opportunities to ask questions and receive support. Much of our time together will be spent observing noble silence, enabling us to turn our attention inward and create community based on shared devotion to practice. 

Each afternoon there will be free time to walk in the woods, sit on benches overlooking the pond, drink tea, read, knit, or whatever else feels relaxing and restorative.

It’s a wonderful and welcoming environment for those who are new to retreats and/or yoga and meditation. 

This retreat will allow you to unplug from stresses and responsibilities, from electronics and newsfeeds, and remember what is really important to you. You will get the time you need for introspection so that you can reset and come home to yourself. You’ll go deeper into your meditation practice and develop insights into how you can find ease in your mind, in your body, and in your daily life. You’ll also be part of a supportive and inclusive community of fellow spiritual seekers.


Andrea is an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga & meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist dedicated to helping individuals reclaim their health and vitality. She leads retreats locally and abroad. 


Sheryl is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher who has received lay ordination in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. In her work she weaves Western psychology, Buddhist philosophy, and holistic mindfulness and movement practices together to help individuals access their own inner wisdom and innate healing potential.

What’s included

The retreat package includes two nights stay at the Christine Center, daily yoga & meditation classes, daily dharma talks, 6 nourishing vegetarian meals and personal support to deepen your practice. 



3:30pm to 6:45pm | Arrival

5:30pm | Dinner

7pm to 8:30pm | Dharma talk & meditation


7:30am | Meditation

8am | Breakfast

9am to 10:30am | Dharma talk & meditation

10:30 to noon | Yoga practice

12:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm to 3pm | Free time

3pm to 5pm | Dharma talk & meditation

5:30pm | Dinner

7pm to 8pm | Meditation


7:30am | Meditation

8am | Breakfast

9am to 10:30 am | Dharma talk & meditation

10:30am to noon | Yoga

12:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm| Depart


-feeling rested and restored

-remembering what is meaningful and important in your life

-with a deeper understanding of meditation practice

-with tools for calming the mind and finding ease in the body

-having connected with fellow spiritual travelers


Accommodations  are  not  luxurious  at  The  Christine  Center, but  the  price  reflects  that  and  the setting  is  beautiful.  You’ll  be  in  a  wooded  wetland  just  far  enough  north  of  Madison  to

feel  like you’re  out  of  the  city  and  in  nature.  The  retreat  is  an  introduction to noble  silence  and  although  periods  of  silence will  be  observed,  a  depth  of  instruction  will  be  offered.    

Refunds up to two weeks prior to retreat will be honored. After March 1st,  no refunds will be made. You may find another participant to take your place in the retreat or if there is a wait list and your spot can be filled, then reimbursement may be possible.

Please plan to arrive at The Christine Center between 3:30-6:45 pm on Friday, March 13th. A welcome dinner is served at 5:30 pm and the first dharma talk begins on at 7 pm. On Sunday, March 15th, class ends at noon with a departure lunch at 12:30 pm. If you would like to also stay Sunday night, additional reservations can be made through the Christine Center.

The Christine Center is nestled on 125 acres of tranquil woodlands in north central Wisconsin, located at W8303 Mann Road in Willard. Traveling by car is about a 2.5-3 hour drive from Madison.

*Please bring a yoga mat, yoga strap, & meditation cushion.

**All participant information must be complete to secure your retreat registration. Please fill out the registration application in its entirety. 




The Christine Center emphasizes natural foods and meals made from scratch. The food on their tables has a sense of inner spiritual nourishment in harmony with the land.

Many of the vegetables, fruits, breads, honey, maple syrup, and eggs served are from The Christine Center’s own organic gardens and from local farmers. Their cooks bring unique creativity and style to preparing nurturing dishes with these ingredients.

Six vegetarian meals are included. Coffee/tea and fruit are always available. Additional special dietary needs can be accommodated upon advance request.



The Christine Center offers four kinds of modest accommodations, including: both modern and rustic hermitages that are unique and simple, guest house rooms, and tent camping spots. Both single, double, and triple occupancy are available.

All hermitages have electricity. The modern hermitages have gas or electric heat, a bathroom with a shower, and a furnished kitchenette. Rustic hermitages have gas or wood stoves for heating and a Porta Potti.

Guest house rooms have private bathrooms, skylights, and in-floor radiant heating. A handicapped accessible room is available.

Several areas are set aside for tent camping. For campers and rustic hermitage guests there is a modern, beautiful bathroom facility nearby, which has separate women’s and men’s sections.

Available Packages

Main Building Double
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Main building guest rooms are in the main building, have bathrooms and skylights.

Main Building Single
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Main building single guest rooms are in the main building, have bathrooms and skylights.

Guest Room Single
only 3 left

Single guest rooms are within a home, a short walk from the main building. These private rooms share an onsite bathroom with 2-4 other guests. There are rooms reserved for female guests in the home where the sisters of the Christine Center also live as well as rooms in a separate house reserved for men.  **WOMEN'S ROOMS ARE SOLD OUT**

Rustic Hermitage Double
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Rustic hermitages have electricity and a porta-potty. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.   **The one remaining room is shared with a women, and is for a woman.

Modern Hermitage Double
Sold Out

Modern Hermitages have electricity, a bathroom and a furnished kitchenette. **The one hermitage remaining is for a male gendered individual, roomed with a male gender individual. 

Modern Hermitage Triple
6 left

Modern hermitages have electricity, a bathroom and a furnished kitchenette.

Rustic Hermitage Single
only 1 left

Rustic hermitages have electricity and a porta-potty. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.

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Camping several areas are set aside for tent and camper camping. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.


The commuter package is for those that live close by and includes all meals though no lodging.


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Andrea Russell
58 reviews
I’m an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga and meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes and retreats integrate Ayurvedic wisdom, meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, strength, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea P.S. Head over to to get my full story!


Perfect timing given all that is going on the world. I found it incredibly comforting and helpful to practice in community with superb guidance from Andrea and Cheryl. The Christine Center is truly sacred space.
As usual my experience is better each time I get to be a part of Andrea’s retreats! The food at The Christine Center is so delicious and nutritious I want to learn how to cook like they do there! Sheryl was a perfect addition to this retreat. I’ve never met her before and she is such a smart woman and explains things so well. I’d actually like to talk to her one on one! Thank you Andrea and Sheryl for being a great team. I learn more every visit! Love, Sid?
Thank you for a great retreat! Your knowledge and understanding of human anatomy was insightful and beneficial. You created a wonderful environment for stretching our hearts and minds.
Andrea's attention to detail made everything about the experience flow without a hitch. Once at the retreat center, which was beautiful, quiet and supportive to relaxation and reflection, Andrea provided a balance of structure and down time. The food was delicious and healthy. The environment stunning and breathtaking. The leader was skillful, accommodating to the needs of the diverse group of learners. Without hesitation, I highly recommend!
Andrea Russell was fantastic as a yoga and ayurveda instructor. The retreat was well organized, inspiring and intimate.
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My time at the Christine Center for Andrea's retreat was just wonderful. I came away not just feeling refreshed and centered, but with actual tools to move forward with...and so much to think about! Andrea embodies all of the things she talks about, you can see it...feel it. Her knowledge of Ayurveda, the body, nature, and how it all ties into each other, is incredible. Anyone who has the opportunity to experience learning from Andrea should make it a priority to do so!
By Shana Miles on 04 Oct, 2019