Center Down Wisconsin Retreat

Willard, WI, United States

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Andrea Russell
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82 reviews
Sep 2 - 4, 2022
Group size: 1 - 30
Center Down Wisconsin Retreat
Willard, WI, United States

Andrea Russell
  • Facebook verified
82 reviews

$NaN
Sep 2 - 4, 2022
Group size: 1 - 30

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.


(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 retreat will be honored. After March 4th no refunds will be made. 


ACCOMMODATIONS

All hermitages have electricity. The 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 (one has a wood stove).

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

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

To protect the safety of all participants, individuals will not be matched with roommates. If you are attending the retreat on your own, please reserve a single occupancy accommodation. You may choose a double or triple occupancy if you are attending the retreat with a family member or friend. 

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

For the safety and protection of all guests, it is encouraged to be fully vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated please obtain a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before the retreat start date.

**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 kitchenette.

$645
Modern Hermitage Double
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Modern hermitages have electricity, a bathroom with shower and a furnished kitchenette.  To protect the safety of all participants, individuals will not be matched with roommates. If you are attending the retreat on your own, please reserve a single occupancy accommodation. You may choose a double or triple occupancy if you are attending the retreat with a family member or friend.

$525
Main House SIngle
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Main house single rooms are located within the main building, have a bathroom and skylights. 

$630
Main House Double
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Main house double rooms are located within the main building, have a bathroom and skylights. To protect the safety of all participants, individuals will not be matched with roommates. If you are attending the retreat on your own, please reserve a single occupancy accommodation. You may choose a double or triple occupancy if you are attending the retreat with a family member or friend.

$515
Rustic Hermitage Single
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 Rustic hermitages are simple yet comfortable, with gas or electric heat (one has a wood stove). A shared all-modern bathroom and laundry facility are  a short walk away from the hermitage.

$530
Rustic Hermitage Double
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Rustic hermitages are simple yet comfortable, with gas or electric heat (one has a wood stove). A shared all-modern bathroom and laundry facility are  a short walk away from the hermitage.

$480
Guest Room Single
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Single guest rooms are fully private rooms within a home or modern hermitage that share a full onsite bathroom.

Rumi is a hermitage with two bedrooms and shared bath (shared by two people).
Mary's Villa is a home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms (shared by 2-4 people).


To protect the safety of all participants, individuals will not be matched with roommates. If you are attending the retreat on your own, please reserve a single occupancy accommodation. You may choose a double or triple occupancy if you are attending the retreat with a family member or friend.

$545
Camping
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Several areas are set aside for tent camping. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.

$425
Commuter

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

$395


Your Organizer


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Andrea Russell
82 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 http://andrearussell.com/about/ to get my full story!

Reviews

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Yoga was gentle and relaxing. Food was surprisingly good. My cabin was rustic. My bedroom was so small, the twin bed filled half the room. I didn’t realize I’d be sharing a cabin with another person. I was grateful the shower was modern and wonderful.
By Carol Brown for Spring Wisconsin Retreat on May 24, 2023
Hi Carol, I am so glad we were able to retreat together! I am so sorry to hear you did not did not realize booked a shared cabin and could be sharing a room in a cabin with another person. When registering you choose the cabin bedroom single, the description is included below. The Cabin Bedrooms, have a private bedroom and shared living space. The rustic or modern hermitage singles are cabins where you do not share a cabin and you have the cabin to yourself. I am happy to give you a discount on your next retreat and will update the descriptions to hopefully be more clear in the future. Cabin Bedroom Single A private room within a house or hermitage with a shared kitchen/kitchenette, sitting area, and bathroom. With care, Andrea
By Andrea Russell on May 24, 2023
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Thank you for a relaxing, reflective weekend.
By Barbara O'Connell for Spring Wisconsin Retreat on May 19, 2023
Everything I'd hoped for and more! Andrea was so welcoming, warm, and personable. I loved her yoga class and hope to take more in Madison. The location was perfect too - beautiful, serene, clean. I felt safe there and was able to fully focus on my goals for this retreat. One zillion stars out of five - I hope to do this again soon!
By Ashley Silbaugh for AWAKEN Meditation and Yoga Retreat on Apr 07, 2023
Food and beverages were amazing -- some of the best I have ever enjoyed. The grounds were impeccable. The accommodations were beautiful. The staff was kind and accommodating and had a great sense of humor, too! The retreat leader and assistant were simply the best. Wherever they travel I travel!
By Tracy Wrycha for COSTA RICA RETREAT February 3-9, 2023 on Feb 13, 2023
Stunning jungle setting at the Imiloa Institute with amazing gourmet vegan meals and mocktails. The staff go above and beyond to make sure you feel comfortable. Andrea yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic teachings are heartfelt and skillful, and enhanced by her radiant positivity. And Rebecca's yoga later in the day kept me grounded all day. The excursions were exciting and beautiful...on the mangrove kayaking trip we saw sloths, monkeys, and so many lovely birds. Everything is so well planned and top notch!
By Joey Retzler for COSTA RICA RETREAT February 3-9, 2023 on Feb 11, 2023
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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