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A Day Away: Reconnecting with God, self and creation

November 5, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

A Day Away:  Reconnecting with God, self and creation

A retreat at Holy Wisdom Monastery for busy Gen X and Millennial single women


Do work, study, social commitments, technology leave you feeling disconnected? Take time to renew yourself. Spend a day away at the monastery. This facilitated retreat 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 reflections alone (and with others), prayer, journaling and walking meditations on our nature trails. Come fill up your senses and re-discover the peace of God within you at Holy Wisdom Monastery.

The day begins with registration at 9:30 am and will conclude with evening prayer at 4:30 pm. Participants have the option to stay for dinner with the community.

Schedule for a day to reconnect

  • 9:30 am – Welcome
  • 10:00 am – Group sharing
  • 10:45 am – Contemplative time
  • 11:45 am – Midday Prayer
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 pm – Free time
  • 2:00 pm – Group sharing
  • 2:45 pm – Contemplative time
  • 3:30 pm – Group sharing
  • 4:30 pm – Evening Prayer
  • 5:00 pm – Leave (or option to stay for dinner)
  • 5:15 pm – Dinner


  • Sister Lynne Smith, OSB has been a member of the sisters 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 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 Joanne Kollasch, OSB is one of the founding members of Benedictine Women of Madison and 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.


  • A Day Away retreat (including lunch):  $30
  • A Day Away retreat (including lunch & optional dinner): $40


Registration deadline:

  • For November 5, 2016 retreat – registration deadline is October 28, 2016.
  • For March 4, 2017 retreat – registration deadline is February 17, 2017

Program limited to 12, registration will close when the limit is reached.

Return form and fee to:
A Day Away, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M, Middleton, WI 53562

More information

Contact Lynne Smith at lwsmith@benedictinewomen.org or 608-831-9305 with any questions about the program.


November 5, 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States


Sister Lynne Smith

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4200 County Road M
Middleton WI 53562
608-836-1631, x100
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