Peaceful retreat and meeting spaces near Madison

Retreat & Guest House | MonasteryHermitages

All are welcome! Our comfortable meeting rooms provide space for 4 to 300 people. These spaces are simply decorated to avoid distractions and allow your group to accomplish what you came here to do. Food service and overnight accommodations are also available. Bring your group here for your next meeting, retreat or event. Our spaces are also ideal for weddings and memorial services. The beautiful grounds with restored prairie, woods, orchards, gardens and a glacial lake can enhance your time here. Experience Benedictine hospitality when you come to Holy Wisdom Monastery.

Retreat & guest house

retreat-and-guest-house-at-holy-wisdom-monasteryOur retreat & guest house (RGH) is used by a variety of groups and individuals for meetings, retreats and events. The building also features overnight accommodations.

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RGH meeting room ratesRGH room descriptions

Room name/numberRate/dayCapacityDimensionsSquare footage
St. Benedict Room / 10$2601618' x 32'576 sq ft
Breakout Rooms / 101 or 103$3348' x 12'96 sq ft
Conference Room / 105$107812' x 16'192 sq ft
Lakeview Room / 110$26020-4036' x 24'864 sq ft
Breakout Room / 112$33511' x 11'121 sq ft
Garden Room / 113$42840-9039' x 38'1482 sq ft
Breakout Room / 114$40618' x 15'165 sq ft
Sunroom / 222
22' x 14'
15' x 14'
308 sq ft
210 sq ft

Lake view room

The lake view room (room 110) is located on the first floor with windows overlooking Lost Lake, our 10,000 year old glacial lake. The room seats up to 40 and can be configured in several ways, depending on the size of the meeting. A wireless sound system and pull-down screen are available in this room.

Garden room

The garden room (room 113) is the largest of the meeting rooms in this building and can accommodate up to 90. For meetings of 50 or less, the room can be set up to allow space at the back for floor exercises and yoga. This room is also an option for smaller indoor weddings for up to 50 guests. The room has doors which open out to the monastery garden. A pull-down screen and wireless sound system are available in this room which has views of the prairie and Lost Lake.

St. Benedict room

The St. Benedict room (room 10) is a quiet place to meet located on the lower level. The room offers a view of Lost Lake and the prairie. Featuring a conference room table for 10, cushioned chairs for 15 and an adjacent kitchen where food can be refrigerated and reheated.

Sun room & annex

The sun room, seating for 15, and annex (room 222), seating for 10, are located on the second floor. Windows on two walls provide views of the prairie and Lost Lake. Personal retreatants can use this area as a lounge if there aren’t any groups using the space.


The bedrooms are simple rooms with either a single or double bed, desk, wardrobe and private bathroom. The Retreat & Guest House can accommodate a maximum of 31 overnight guests. If your group is larger than that, please contact us for a list of nearby hotels with similarly-priced accommodations.

Dining room

A continental breakfast for overnight guests is located in the first floor kitchen and can be eaten in the adjacent dining room. Guests can use the kitchen for snacks. There is a refrigerator and microwave.

Oblate library

All guests are welcome to use the oblate library, located on the lower level of the Retreat & Guest House. Overnight guests may check out a book to read during their stay and return it before they leave. The door to the oblate library is always unlocked as the oblates want to ensure that all are welcome. There is also a computer for guest use in the library.

Monastery building

holy-wisdom-monasteryThe environmentally friendly monastery building opened in the fall of 2009. In March 2010 the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Holy Wisdom Monastery a Platinum rating—the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification available.

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Monastery meeting room ratesMonastery room descriptions

RoomRate/DayCapacityDimensionsSquare Footage
Assembly room$107130074′ x 74′4,437 sq ft
Guest dining room$77515047′ x 47′2,009 sq ft
Hospitality room$82818′ x 18′143 sq ft

Assembly room

The assembly room is used for Sunday worship, weddings, memorial services, concerts, group retreats, meetings and presentations. Some of the eco-friendly features include bamboo floor, tinted floor to ceiling windows for optimal natural light and ventilation and walls designed to optimize acoustics. An organ, piano, built-in sound system with recording capabilities, a drop down screen and chairs are present in the room which has a capacity of 300 (4,437 sq ft).

Guest dining room

The guest dining room features a view of the surrounding prairie and Lake Mendota. With 23 tables, the dining room can accommodate up to 150 people for meals and events. Coffee and tea are available throughout the day in the dining room. A small patio with fire pit is adjacent to the dining room. Natural lighting, bamboo flooring, screen and a sound system are some of the features (2,009 sq ft). Small groups may wish to eat in the adjacent community dining room with the sisters and personal retreatants instead.

Gathering area

The gathering area is used as a place for people to gather prior to Sunday worship or events held in the assembly room or dining room. Art exhibits, receptions and other events are held here. Floor to ceiling windows provide a view of a small 10,000 year old glacial lake and prairie. This space has a capacity for 200.


The oratory, our small chapel, is used for daily communal prayer. All are invited to join the sisters for morning, midday and evening prayer as well as centering prayer.

Meditation chapel

The meditation chapel is adjacent to the oratory and is available for personal meditation.


The 4,500-volume library specializes in theology and religion and carries titles on monasticism, ecumenism, scripture and preaching, spirituality, Christian churches and world religions, liturgy and women’s religious studies. Guests may use library materials in the library or on adjoining patio. They may also check out books to their rooms at any time during their retreat. Books are not to leave the Holy Wisdom Monastery grounds. NEW BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY


hermitageThe monastery grounds are home to two hermitages located in a peaceful wooded area. Each hermitage includes a living room, kitchen, bedroom (with one double bed), bath, deck, air conditioning and parking. There is no wifi in the hermitages, but hermitage guests may use the wifi in the monastery building or retreat and guest house. Laundry facilities are available for hermitage guests. Hermitages are most often used for personal retreats of 1 day up to 3 months, but guests here with groups also can use the hermitages, if available. Hermitage guests may cook their own food or join in the community meals, for an additional fee, at the monastery. Hermitages are ideal for personal retreats.

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Hermitage rates


Number of consecutive nights of stayArrival/departure timesCost/night
1-6 nightsSunday-Saturday
11:00 am (day of arrival) -
2:00 pm (day of departure)
$81/night single
$96/night double
7-13 nightsSunday-Saturday
11:00 am (day of arrival) -
2:00 pm (day of departure)
$75/night single
$91/night double
14-20 nightsSunday-Saturday
11:00 am (day of arrival) -
2:00 pm (day of departure)
$69/night single
$85/night double
21-27 nightsSunday-Saturday
11:00 am (day of arrival) -
2:00 pm (day of departure)
$64/night single
$80/night double
28-90 nightsSunday-Saturday
11:00 am (day of arrival) -
2:00 pm (day of departure)
$59/night single
$74/night double

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