Center Down Wisconsin Retreat

Willard, WI, United States

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Andrea Russell
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91 reviews
Sep 6 - 8, 2024
Group size: 1 - 45
Center Down Wisconsin Retreat
Willard, WI, United States

Andrea Russell
  • Facebook verified
91 reviews

Sep 6 - 8, 2024
Group size: 1 - 45

About this trip

Going on retreat offers an opportunity to let down the stresses of life, to be nourished by the north woods, and deepen your yoga, meditation, and pranayama practices.  You will learn Ayurvedic self-care rituals as well as lifestyle and practice recommendations to align harmoniously with the season, so your health and well-being may flourish.


The Christine Center, 3 hours northwest from Madison, is nestled in the tranquil woods of northern Wisconsin on 125 acres, offering a nurturing and supportive environment for deepening practice and connection. The retreat center is run by a group of Franciscan nuns and for 30 years has been a center open to all paths of faith and spirituality.


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


Please book double and triple occupancy only if you have friend or family member you will be rooming with. 

(10-hours of continuing education are available for Yoga Alliance registered teachers)

What’s included

RETREAT SCHEDULE

The retreat package includes two nights stay at the Christine Center, all Ayurveda, yoga and meditation classes and 6 vegetarian meals.


FRIDAY
3:30-6:45 pm Arrival
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm Welcome + Orientation

SATURDAY
7:30 am Meditation

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-10:00 am Ayurveda Talk
10:00-12:00 pm Yoga Practice
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm Free time
3:00-5:00 pm Ayurveda + Yoga
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm Meditation

SUNDAY
7:30 am Meditation
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-11:00 am Yoga Practice
11:00-12:00 pm Closing Circle
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Depart


REFUND POLICY Refunds up to two weeks prior to the retreat start date will be honored minus any processing frees.  No refunds available thereafter.


ACCOMMODATIONS

All hermitages have electricity. 

Modern hermitages have gas or electric heat, a bathroom with shower and furnished kitchenette. 

Rustic hermitages are simple yet comfortable, with gas or electric heat, no running water or bathroom.*

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

Cabin bedrooms are single private rooms within a home with a shared bathroom. 

Several areas are set aside for camping. 

*For rustic hermitage guests and campers we offer the all-modern, beautiful Siloe bathroom and laundry facility.


MEALS

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 local farmers. Their cooks bring unique creativity and style to preparing nurturing dishes with these ingredients.


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


To experience the practice of mindful eating and to enjoy an easeful entry into the start of the day, breakfast will be enjoyed in noble silence.


TRAVEL + ARRIVAL INFORMATION
Please plan to arrive at The Christine Center between 3:30-6:45 pm on Friday.  A welcome dinner is served at 5:30 pm and the first class begins on at 7 pm. On Sunday class ends at noon followed by 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 NOTE

Participants must bring their own yoga mat, yoga block, yoga strap, and meditation cushion.


This is a substance-free retreat. A substance-free environment is one in which all guests agree to keep their space free from substances at all times. Substances are defined to include alcohol, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cannabis, other smoking materials, and illicit and illegal drugs.

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

Available Packages

Modern Hermitage Single
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Modern hermitages have electricity, a bathroom with shower and a furnished kitchen or kitchenette. If you require a full kitchen (one with a stove) please inquire as not all moderns have full kitchens. As a single, you will have this cabin to yourself.

$755
Modern Hermitage Double

Modern hermitages have electricity, a bathroom with shower and a furnished kitchen or kitchenette. If you require a full kitchen (one with a stove) please inquire as not all moderns have full kitchens. You will share this cabin with another person. 


$675
Modern Hermitage Triple
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Modern hermitages have electricity, a bathroom with shower and a furnished kitchenette.  As a triple hermitage, you will share this cabin with two other participants.

$655
Main House Single
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Main house single rooms are located within the main building, have a private bathroom and skylights. As a single main house room, you will have this room to yourself. 

$695
Main House Double

Main house double rooms are located within the main building, have a private bathroom and skylights. As a double main house room, you will share this room with another guest. 

$625
Cabin Bedroom Single
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Single guest rooms are fully private rooms within a home or modern hermitage that share a full onsite bathroom.

$675
Rustic Hermitage Single
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 Rustic hermitages are simple yet comfortable, with gas or electric heat. A shared all-modern bathroom and laundry facility are  a short walk away from the hermitage. As a single hermitage, you will have this cabin to yourself.

$585
Rustic Hermitage Double
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Rustic hermitages are simple yet comfortable, with gas or electric heat. A shared all-modern bathroom and laundry facility are  a short walk away from the hermitage. As a double hermitage, you will share this cabin with another person. 

$550
Camping
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Several areas are set aside for tent camping. There are two electrical sites for those with campers. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.

$495
Commuter
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Meals are included in the fee for those wishing to commute to the retreat each day.  

$455


Who’s Going

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Andrea Russell
91 reviews
Hi, I am Andrea! An Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga therapist & meditation teacher. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes & retreats integrate Vedic wisdom, Ayurveda, meditation, breathwork, and a mindful approach to yoga asana that brings attention to anatomy, alignment, strength & inner awareness. These practices promote health in body & mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life in alignment with your true nature. P.S. Head over to www.andrearussell.com/about to learn more.

Reviews

LH
Beautiful setting, good food and amazing staff! Retreat with Andrea R never fails to amaze.
By Liza H for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Feb 05, 2024
I had a most wonderful time. The staff at Imiloa Institute were there and ready to take care of us. It was most memorable; as the flora and fauna and the accommodations made one feel like you were totally immersed in the jungles of Costa Rica.
By Debra B for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Feb 04, 2024
It was my second time being on Andrea’s retreat and I’ll be back next year. Her retreats are simply amazing from start to finish. Petra Madison, Wisconsin
By Petra K for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Feb 03, 2024
Such a special week with this sangha.
By Brie V for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Jan 28, 2024
Andrea is a masterful retreat host and Ayurvedic teacher! She and her assistant Shannel created such a lovely container for transformational growth. The Ayurveda talks were so informative and the meditations and yoga practices helped integrate the wisdom as a truly embodied experience. Imiloa is a beautiful retreat space set in the jungle, supported by friendly, stellar staff. The food was out of this world!
By Kelly P for COSTA RICA RETREAT January 19-25, 2024 on Jan 27, 2024
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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 M on 04 Oct, 2019