A Day Away:  Reconnect with God, Self and Creation

A retreat for single women, ages 30-50

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:30 am-5:00 pm

Do you need a day away to unplug from your busy life and reconnect with yourself and God? This day retreat, led by sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery, offers time to connect with your deepest self, God and other single women through the beauty of nature. You will have time and space for reflection alone and with others. The retreat includes prayer, journaling, walking meditation on our nature trails and lunch.

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 Saturday dinner with the community for an additional cost. If you would like more time for yourself, you may come for Friday night and/or stay Saturday night for an additional charge. Overnight space is limited.

Cost: $30 for the day including lunch. Student cost, $20.

  • Saturday dinner, an additional $10
  • Friday and/or Saturday night overnight, additional $71/night
  • Scholarships are available

Contact Sister Lynne Smith at lwsmith@benedictinewomen.org or 608-831-9305 for further information.

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 Paz Vital, OSB has been at Holy Wisdom Monastery since 2015 and become a sister in July 2017. Prior to entering the monastery she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Sister Paz is working towards a master’s degree in theology and ministry for Latinos at Catholic Theological Union. She loves to walk the prairie trails around the monastery and cook Mexican food.

Denise West is a novice at Holy Wisdom. She came to Wisconsin in 2015 after teaching elementary school in New York for many years. Denise is excited to be on track as the next “master gardener” at the monastery.