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

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

Andrea Russell
  • Email address verified
32 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
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Rustic hermitages have twin beds and electricity. A shared modern bathroom facility is in walking distance.


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
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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
32 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!


What an amazing retreat! From the moment I registered to the moment I returned to the airport a week later, every detail for our comfort and ease was taken into account. Many thanks to Karen for her vision for AHKí and seeing it through with such exquisite attention! Andrea Russell is a supremely gifted yoga and meditation teacher. Her instruction of Alignment Yoga and meditation provided rich insights into my body, mind and spirit as did her daily dharma talks on Ayurveda with experiential treats each evening. As for AHKí, such sublime comforts! The yoga shala offers spectacular views of the surrounding jungle, ocean, tropical birds, occasional gifts of friendly Howler monkey families passing through in nearby trees. Time around the pool observing birds and chatting with new friends was a daily delight. Hanging out in the hammock-chairs up in the shala for sunsets each evening imprinted indelible memories of beauty. Food was delicious and photo-worthy; our rooms were spacious and beautiful; the beds & pillows were wonderfully comfortable. (OMG, the open-air showers were incredible!) While there was an option to go into town each afternoon, I chose to luxuriate at AHKí on most days as it is truly a special sanctuary; however, I joined the group one afternoon for an enjoyable kayaking outing. One afternoon, I opted for a fantastic massage there at AHKí; Karen provides a menu of available masseuses with various specialties. The entire week deeply nourished and restored me on every level. I will most certainly return on another retreat with Andrea Russell at AHKí! Blessings to all! Julia
The entire trip was fantastic. Andrea is a well spring of yogic and ayurvedic knowledge, the location is beautiful with monkeys and birds, delicious food, the beaches, the chocolate, swimming in the infinity pool while the sun , the yoga, meditation, the list goes on an on. I spent the entire drive back to the airport trying to savor all of the memories, almost too many to recall. Honestly, words cannot really do this retreat justice. Life changing and inspiring. If you are reading this to figure out whether or not to commit to going, the only answer is yes. I'm now trying to figure out how to live my life like I am always on this retreat. Thank you Andrea!
Andrea is really good at what she does. She is deeply knowledgeable about the topic, has wonderful energy and is funny to boot. The Christine Center is the perfect, welcoming respite. I really enjoyed my massage and the food is delish. The accommodations are pretty rustic so if you are looking for fancy this is not the place. A lovely experience.
I enjoyed this retreat very much. Andrea sets a grounded and steady pace and gradually walks participants into deep calm. The classes were an interesting and effective part of the process, and there was also permission to miss a class if one felt the need to be by oneself. The space at the Christine Center is so lovely and the atmosphere so peaceful, it perfectly supports the retreat. And the food is delicious and healthful.
It was a breakthrough weekend for me. Andrea is knowledgable and compassionate. I recommend her retreats to anyone looking for a welcoming approach in a calm environment. Im looking forward to sitting with Andrea again soon. Thanks Andrea! Namaste.
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