Our retreats are opportunities to take a break from our day-to-day lives to spend a day or two exploring a spiritual topic or learning a new skill. All of our retreats offer a spiritual component as well as opportunities for fellowship and sharing in a comfortable environment.
Advent Day of Reflection: Advent Light Saturday, Dec. 7 9 a.m.-noon Facilitators: Barbara Dickmann & Kelly Lemens Donation: $25
The Christmas season is filled with symbols of light: advent candles, sparkling tinsel, twinkling lights and, of course, THE star. Jesus came to dwell among us and, through His Holy Spirit, within us. How is Christ shining in you this season? How is Christ shining through you this season? What blocks your inner light from shining through, getting in the way of the joy of the season. Join us for a day of reflecting on our own Advent light as we create our own ceramic candleholders to hold the Light of the World. Click here to register.
The Power of the Sabbath Thursday, January 16 6:30 – 9:00 pm Donation: $25, includes supplies Facilitators: Jenny Mitchell and Kelly Lemens
Winter can sometimes feel like it’s been forced upon us; sudden snowstorms, icy roads and cold temperatures stir longings of hot tea, brownies and a good book. Instead, life’s hustle and bustle beckons us onward. Yet all the spiritual traditions incorporate a period of rest and restoration in their tradition, a time for family, friends and the Divine. In the Jewish and Christian tradition, this is referred to as the Sabbath. What would it be like for us to slow down and surrender to the call for Sabbath time, to pause, to give in, to the stillness of the season? What would it be like to stop and listen to what the dormant landscape wants to tell us? Join us as we explore Sabbath moments in our lives and connect with nature, even in its dormancy. The retreat day will include individual reflection, small group discussion and the creation of a beautiful painting incorporating seasonal items from nature. Click here to register.
Exploring Prayer in 12 Step Recovery Saturday, January 25 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Cost: $50, includes lunch Facilitator: Ruth Hoenick
Prayer is a connection with a Higher Power that can be expressed in many ways. Spirituality and prayer can be a challenge for those in recovery from alcoholism, addiction and trauma as well as their family members. During this retreat day, participants will explore how to strengthen their relationship with a greater power with new types of prayer. We will examine ways of sharing thoughts and feelings through prayers for help, expressing gratitude and finding inspiration by delving into prayers of poetry, songs and art. All who want to explore prayer, those involved in any 12 step program and their family members, and those who are spiritual companions to seekers in recovery are encouraged to participate. Click here to register.
2020: Hindsight or a Vision for the Future? Saturday, February 1, 9 am – 3 pm Donation: $50, includes lunch and art supplies Facilitators: Jenny Mitchell and Kelly Lemens
Welcome to the year 2020! The expression “2020” is often used in two ways. “Hindsight is 2020” implies that when we look back on the events of our lives, we can see where we went right and where we went wrong. “2020 vision” is a metaphor for planning for the future. Join us as we walk down memory lane and reflect, with hindsight, on the essentials of our lives. What has been most helpful? What is no longer useful and needs to be let go? What are we invited to grow into in order to cultivate peace and happiness in our lives? As we cultivate a “2020 vision” for the coming year, participants will create a beautiful dot painting expressing their vision for the year. Click here to register.
Community Outreach Retreat: Serving Those Who Served For Us Tuesday, February 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Donation: Free-will offering Facilitators: Jenny Mitchell and Kelly Lemens
What can we do to help the veterans living locally and beyond? What needs are most pressing for members our veteran community? There are a variety of organizations that claim to serve our vets, but how do we know which ones will use our contributions most effectively? Join us as we learn about ways that we can support and serve those who have served for our country. We will have stations set up with projects to create messages and gifts for veterans, which will be donated to the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight of Wisconsin. Families and those of all ages are encouraged to attend; children must be accompanied by a parent. Click here to register.
Spiritual Companioning for Educators – Information Meeting Wednesday, March 4, 4:00-5:00 pm Facilitator: Ruth Hoenick Donation: Free-will offering
Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. Your presence and mindfulness may be what you & your students need. Spiritual companioning is the process of sharing one's sacred stories with a trained, compassionate listener. It can be helpful to anyone seeking spiritual growth, healing, or a deeper connection with the Divine and others. It is a time-honored practice of compassionate, non-judgmental listening to another in a safe setting where what is shared is held with reverence and confidentiality. So why one on one or a group for educators? The teaching profession is demanding. Educators are challenged to balance life tasks, teaching, and family. There are the conundrums of today’s classroom. Whether a teacher in a private or public school, bringing spiritual practices to our teaching can soften the days troubles. It can support us in dealing with students, parents and colleagues. Whether one on one, or in a group, seeking counsel with a spiritual companion can put delight, pleasure, and gifts into your day. This informational meeting may help you better understand how spiritual practices dovetail with a life as an educator. Click here to register.
Praying with Beads Saturday, March 7, 9:00 am-12:00 pm Donation: $25 Facilitators: Jenny Mitchell and Kelly Lemens
Prayer beads have been utilized in almost all spiritual traditions throughout the centuries. Used to help break through the usual noise and distractions, prayer beads help us slow down and quiet ourselves so we can listen to the Divine. Join us as we explore mind/body/soul ways to pray the beads and transform our prayer life. Through sharing and reflection, participants will create their own set of prayer beads and be encouraged to hold their own lives in their hands in gratitude and awe as they incorporate the prayer beads in their own prayer practice. Click here to register.
Mother/Daughter Retreat Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Join us early for our Coffee Ministry with the Food Pantry guests) Donation: $50, includes lunch and art supplies Facilitators: Jenny Mitchell and Kelly Lemens
Mothers and daughters share a special bond. There is something beautiful and unique about the Mother-Daughter relationship. What better way to celebrate it than with a fun Mother-Daughter retreat! Join us for a special day of prayer, storytelling, games, art and more! This retreat is intended for middle-school girls along with their Mom, Grandma or other significant woman in their lives. Click here to register.
Lent Day of Reflection Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm Donation: $25, includes supplies Facilitators: Barb Dickmann and Kelly Lemens
Lent is a special time in the life of a Christian, a time to step away from the busy-ness of life, to focus our awareness on Jesus and the invitation before us. Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection and sharing as we then shape our Lenten intentions into a beautiful clay cross. Click here to register.
A Place to Be Spirituality Center Physical Address: 166 W Dekora St Saukville, WI 262-277-1928 Mailing Address: 1800 N Wisconsin St Port Washington, WI 53074 Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Additional availability by appointment.