Center Down Wisconsin Retreat

Willard, WI, United States

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Andrea Russell
  • Facebook verified
74 reviews
Aug 25 - 27, 2023
Group size: 1 - 30
Center Down Wisconsin Retreat
Willard, WI, United States

Andrea Russell
  • Facebook verified
74 reviews

$NaN
Aug 25 - 27, 2023
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


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

**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.

$755
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.

$675
Main House Single
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Main house single rooms are located within the main building, have a bathroom and skylights. 

$695
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.

$625
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.

$675
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.

$585
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.

$550
Camping
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Several areas are set aside for tent camping. 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
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Your Organizer


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Andrea Russell
74 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

RP
The Art of Self-Care Retreat was informative and nurturing. The information presented by Andrea, the food, and the participants were all wonderful and appreciated.
By Renee P for Art of Self-Care Wisconsin Retreat on 07 Dec, 2022
HT
I don't know if I can put into words what this retreat meant to me. Although I booked the retreat many months before it took place, it came at the exact right time. I was burned out and extremely tired from work and life. Itha108 was extremely beautiful. The staff, scenery, meals, rooms and everything was perfect. Andrea and Liz did an extraordinary job with the daily meditation, yoga practices and keeping us informed on everything. Andrea offered many suggestions for alignments and options I can take during my practice to help challenges with my knees. I learned so much about food, digestion and much more. I'm excited to dig into learning more about ayurvedic practices and hopefully apply them to my lifestyle to help combat inflammation and pain in my body. I highly recommend this retreat and other retreats with Andrea. Not only is she an amazing yoga instructor and well versed in ayurvedic practices, she is the most amazing person. Liz was the perfect assistant and compliment to Andrea. I can't say enough about what this retreat meant to me. I will carry the memories of this retreat with me forever.
By Hywania T for Ionian Sea Greek Island Retreat Oct 1-8 2022 on 23 Oct, 2022
The perfect retreat. Retreat setting was idyllic. Daily schedule had amazing meditation and yoga activities. Local beaches were easy to access and stunning. Staff and owner of retreat center and massage therapist were wonderful and the food was absolutely delicious. Best retreat I have ever experienced. I cannot wait to travel with Andrea again!
By Tracy W for Ionian Sea Greek Island Retreat Oct 8-15 2022 on 18 Oct, 2022
JA
A nurturing and inspiring time with Andrea at the Christine Center. Simple, thoughtful, and clean accommodations in a peaceful setting with many wildlife sightings. Retreat content was relevant and meaningful on many levels. Food fresh, creative, and delicious. Many little touches by both Christine Center and Andrea made it an extra-special experience. And I also trust others attracted to come will make for a powerful pop up sangha and that was again the case.
By Juli A for Center Down Wisconsin Retreat on 07 Sep, 2022
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While I was looking forward to the retreat, I underestimated just how much I could get out of two days with Andrea up at the Christine Center! This was an extremely well run and beneficial retreat. I can't wait to go back!
By Sarah O for Spring Wisconsin Retreat on 25 May, 2022
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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