A Day Away:  A retreat for busy single women, ages 18-50

Come for time, space, resources for your interior life ~ leave with a full heart

May 6  –  July 29  -or-  November 4, 2017

This retreat, led by our sisters, will give you time to connect with your deepest self, God and other single women through the beauty of nature. You will have space and time for reflection alone and with others, prayer, journaling and walking meditations on our nature trails.

The day begins with registration at 9:30 am and will conclude at 5:00 pm, after evening prayer. Participants have the option to stay for dinner with the community. Cost is $30, including lunch, or $40 with lunch and dinner. Limited space may be available for overnights on Friday and/or Saturday, on request. Contact Lynne Smith at lwsmith@benedictinewomen.org or 608-831-9305 for further information.

Come to Holy Wisdom Monastery. Fill your senses and re-discover the peace of God within.

Give yourself the gift of A Day Away

Registration deadline is 7 days prior to each retreat. Program is limited to 12 participants, so register now!

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What women tell us they appreciate about this retreat:

  • Rosy & Lynne reconnect as they walk together through the prairie.I liked the balance of alone & together time. Complimented each other well. Having reflection time that was semi-guided was a gift. 
  • I really got to know the other participants better over lunch—both eating and cleaning up together—and having people ask about my story was very powerful. 
  • I felt a holy balance and peace in both speaking and listening, moving and being still, thinking about God and thinking about myself. I was also touched by looking at and learning about the Benedictine life. 
  • I’m leaving with a full heart – definitely feeling connected to myself, to God, to others.

Retreat Leaders

sister-lynneSister Lynne Smith, OSB has been a sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery since 2000. Prior to entering the monastery she served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) with churches in Kansas and Iowa. Sister Lynne is a trained spiritual guide, loves working in the garden and the prairie and serves as co-director of formation at the monastery.

sister-rosySister Rosy Kandathil, OSB made her first monastic profession in 2015 and is currently a working towards her masters in scripture study at St John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN. She hails from New York City and when she isn’t in class, she is passionate about cooking, reading great books, listening to music and sharing conversation with friends.

sister-joanneSister Joanne Kollasch, OSB is one of the founding members of the sisters’ community at Holy Wisdom Monastery. She has served as a spiritual director and retreat leader and shares her deep love of Benedictine spirituality as co-director of formation at Holy Wisdom Monastery.