The Christine Center, W8303 Mann Rd, Willard, WI 54493

Andrea Russell
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Mar 24 - 27, 2017
Group size: 10-55
The Christine Center, W8303 Mann Rd, Willard, WI 54493

Andrea Russell
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
22 reviews

Mar 24 - 27, 2017
Group size: 10-55

About this trip

A 4-day Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Michael Stone in the north woods of Wisconsin. Friday, March 24-Monday, March 27th

Develop a meditation practice that’s grounded in the body. Discover the non-conceptual nature of the mind, deep settling of the body, and the support of community. You will experience the benefits of mindfulness meditation in the context of a retreat. The retreat will include periods of silence, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a slow and precise approach to yoga postures.

This retreat is organized to give new students plenty of support in establishing a meditation practice and making the links between settling the mind while using yoga postures as vehicles to look deeply into our lives. Retreats are where most students experience breakthroughs in their practice.

Shôken Michael Stone illuminates the ancient teachings and practices of Vipassana meditation, yoga and Mahayana Buddhism for a postmillennial age. Internationally recognized as a transformative visionary, teacher and agent of social change, his work manifests the fusion of committed spiritual practice and social action.  To learn more about Michael visit

What’s included

Includes 3 nights at the Christine Center, nine vegetarian meals, yoga, meditation and retreat cost/dana to Michael. 

As space is limited, to keep retreat rates low, double rooms are provided.  As we strive to be an open and inclusive community, accepting and supporting diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity we welcome requests regarding accommodation. If you would like a single room please email  If you are coming as a group and would like to request a room with three beds, there are several modern hermitages that sleep three.



4:00-6:45 pm Arrival

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner

7:00-9:00 pm Welcome, talk, meditation


7:30-8:00 am Meditation

8:00 am Breakfast

9:30 am-12:00 pm Yoga Practice

12:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 pm Free time 

2:30-4:00 pm Meditation

4:00-5:00 pm Dharma Talk

5:30 pm Dinner

7:00-8:00 pm Meditation


7:00-8:00 Meditation

8:00 am Breakfast

9:30 am-12:00 pm Yoga Practice & Closing circle

noon Lunch

1:00 Depart


Please plan to arrive at The Christine Center between 4:00-6:45 pm on Friday, March 24th. A welcome dinner is served at 5:30 pm and the retreat begins at 7 pm.  The retreat closes on Monday, March 27th after lunch. 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.


Refunds up to two weeks prior to retreat will be honored. After March 9th 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 bring a yoga mat & meditation cushion.

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

Available Packages

Rustic Hermitages Double Occupancy

Rustic hermitages have twin beds and electricity. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.

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


For locals and off site guests, you may register without lodging.

Modern Hermitage

Modern hermitages have twin beds, bathrooms and kitchenettes.


Rustic Hermitages Double Occupancy
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Who’s Going

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    Karen Possley
    I have looked forward to attending a retreat at Christine Center for a long time. And the bonus that you and Michael are the facilitators is a true bonus.
    Mar. 18, 2017

Your Organizer

Andrea Russell
22 reviews
My hope is to inspire people to live healthier, more wholehearted lives, through Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. I began practicing yoga and meditation in 1996 and have been teaching since 2000. My yoga teaching draws from the Krishnamacharya lineage, having completed teacher trainings in Alignment, Ashtanga, and Therapeutic Yoga. I am registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500-E level. My primary teachers are Scott Anderson and Michael Stone. My classes integrate meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. If you prefer an individual or therapeutic approach, my private yoga lessons address the intricacies of adapting the practice to honor individual needs and health concerns. I am the Assistant Director and a lead instructor for Alignment Yoga’s teacher training programs. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. Additionally, I am a licensed massage therapist specializing in Neurovascular and Aroma Acupoint Therapy. My studies continue in Ayurveda, India’s science of longevity and health. I am currently enrolled in Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda and also have had the privilege of studying with Dr. Robert Svoboda and Dr. Claudia Welch. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea


Amazing experience, special place with incredible instructor!
When I decided that I wanted to do a yoga retreat, I considered several options in different countries. What drew me to Andrea's retreat was how it was structured - a mix of meditation, yoga, local excursions and great food seemed like a nice, balanced way to rest and recharge my batteries. Not only was my instinct right, but the retreat went far beyond my expectations! Whether you are a total yoga and meditation newbie like myself, or an experienced practitioner like a number of the other retreat participants, everyone can find so much to enjoy and learn on this retreat. Andrea's positive energy, combined with the stunning setting (and food!) of the Ahki sanctuary and nearby Nosara, made this retreat a unique and memorable experience as well as a perfect way to start the new year.
You couldn't ask for a better combination of remote, stunning Costa Rican surroundings and Andrea's top notch teachings. AHKI Retreat Sanctuary Staff are so kind, and the organic food is delicious. A highlight: the Howler monkeys climbing through the trees to view class and learn a few new yoga poses. :)
This trip was absolutely transformational! The retreat center was beautiful and the food was amazing - I truly enjoyed the focus on vegetarian, fresh food. I was never hungry and it helped me start my year on a good note. Andrea was the best retreat leader, you can tell she pours her heart and soul into teaching us about yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. I would go back in a heartbeat. We got to see monkeys - feet away from me! I felt very calm, safe and supported here.
The transportation and availability was wonderful. Enjoyed daily opportunity to go out to beach or on other excursion. Housing was amazing and housekeeping was fabulous. Grounds and physical plant very well maintained. Inviting and relaxing. Would have been helpful to have more information about food offered. Was very low carb. Expected more 'typical' Costa Rican food. Seemed like a lot of pureed, and finely minced or chopped foods with nearly all mixed together and hard to identify what was being offered. Onions, and garlic, in nearly every dish. Surely there are other herbs and seasoning available to provide balanced and varied tastes. Had expected less spices and larger pieces of food that could be more easily picked around. Would suggest that the type of food being offered be better explained so those with specific food sensitivities (especially newcomers) are aware of challenges. Schedule of retreat itself was good. Wouldn't have minded starting meditation at 6 or 6:30 am.
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