Mindful Presence: A Path of Clarity - Tom Roberts | May 17 - 19
MINDFUL PRESENCE: A PATH TO CLARITY
MAY 17-19, 2019
Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes after noon lunch on Sunday.
Bring greater depth to your life, your relationships, and your spiritual journey by living mindfully!
Living mindfully, with an alert mind and open heart, requires that we work on clearing away the obstacles, the hindrances, and the distractions that interfere with our ability to access and live out our true and authentic selves. This retreat will help participants tap into their true and authentic selves by exploring useful practices that allow us to infuse all aspects of our daily lives – including our personal and professional relationships – with great patience, openness, and compassion. The practices presented in this retreat draw upon various traditions, so that each participant can choose his or her own best path towards greater discernment, clearer insight, and a heightened capacity for embracing all that is offered – by God, life, the Tao, universe – as we undertake our respective and collective journeys.
Thomas Roberts, author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion, is a retired psychotherapist and hypnotherapist with over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy. His professional credentials are complemented by almost 50 years of practice as a Zen Buddhist who received his lay Buddhist vows from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1992. Thomas’ background in both psychotherapy and Buddhism provide him with a solid foundation for his ongoing work as a teacher, retreat facilitator, author, and speaker who shares practical strategies for enjoying a healthier, happier, more fulfilling everyday life. For more information on Thomas or to purchase a copy of The Mindfulness Workbook, visit his website at http://www.thomasrobertsllc.com.
Seeing the Light | Photography Retreat - Bob Rogers | May 31 - June 1
SEEING THE LIGHT: A PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT
LIMIT 15 PARTICIPANTS
MAY 31– JUNE 1
Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:00. The retreat concludes at 3:00 on Saturday.
Cost $105—Registration fee includes a copy of the book “Spirituality and Photography.”
Light – both the light that illuminates our physical world and the Light of Christ that illuminates our souls – profoundly affects our spiritual well-being. Light also allows us to capture, through the art of photography, those moments that have touched our lives.
Join us in exploring the spiritual nature of photography, taking pictures, as Methodist minister Philip J Richter put it, “with a deeper vision!”
Participants will take time to “see the light” through the lens of a camera, capturing moments of time and reflecting on the significance of those moments for the photographer and others. A brief optional lecture on basic photo composition and the behavior of light in a digital camera will be offered; however, this is not a photography “how to” retreat. Nor is it a retreat for persons with film cameras or persons who seek critiques of their work for the purpose of improving their photography skills. Rather, this is a retreat for those who wish to see light differently, to capture those moments of light that speak to their souls, and to reflect on how precious, indeed, is the versatile gift of light.
Bob Rogers, a freelance writer and photographer from Custer, WI, purchased his first camera over fifty years ago with money saved from his paper route and the aid of a relative in the export-import business. Since then, Bob has used various cameras, both film and digital, to document his work as a teacher and researcher in the forestry profession. Following his retirement from the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point in 2007, Bob began to focus on the artistic elements of photography, taking classes with professional photographers to enhance his knowledge and skill. He is a published photographer whose photos have also been included in gallery exhibitions. Bob is a member of the Nikonians, an organization of photographers who use Nikon photographic gear, and the Film Shooters Collective, an organization dedicated to the craft of film photography.
How Free Do You Want to Be? | Twelve-Step Serenity Retreat | June 7 - 9
HOW FREE DO YOU WANT TO BE? YOU HAVE THE KEYS
12-STEP SERENITY RETREAT
Open to participants in any 12-Step community
and their loved ones
JUNE 7-9, 2019
Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes after noon lunch on Sunday.
Guided by Lori Kieffer, OFS and Kathy Rundle
Do certain behaviors or beliefs prevent you from being as free as you’d like to be? Join us for a weekend of storytelling, reflection, discussion, and companionship that will help participants identify and start to let go of behaviors and beliefs that hold them in spiritual bankruptcy, loneliness, fear, despair, delusions, shallowness, the seesaw of pride, or a sense of doom.
Although each of us came into a 12-Step program to deal with a specific addiction, we soon became aware that we would find not only freedom from our addictions but also freedom to live in the real world without fear and frustration. We realized that each of us needs to look at all of our compulsive behaviors – not just the addiction for which we sought help – in order to live happy, joyous, and free. This retreat will help each of us discover keys we can use to release ourselves from the prisons of our own making. Lori will facilitate this discovery process by sharing her experience, strength, and hope, including her Franciscan spirituality. Kathy will facilitate this discovery process by demonstrating gentle exercise for total wellbeing in the form of guided and movement meditations such as chair chi, yoga, and stretching. Together, the presenters will share a physical, mental, and spiritual approach that will help each participant find the freedom he or she seeks.
Lori Kieffer, a dedicated volunteer and Secular Franciscan who has helped to facilitate 12-Step combined retreats at St. Anthony’s for the past several years, has a deep passion for and commitment to sharing her journey of recovery with others, bringing peace and justice to those in recovery as she listens to and shares with them. She has been a member of Al-Anon since 1986 and of AA and Overeaters Anonymous since 1996. She has also attended Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings. She put her degrees in nursing to good use as an RN in Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services for 8 years before the unit closed in 2013. She now works as a cardiac nurse at Marshfield Medical Center, still supporting patients and their families who struggle with addiction issues or who need detox or recovery resources. She is a strong supporter of the 12-Step programs and the serenity retreats at St. Anthony’s.
Kathy Rundle, a certified 200RYT yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance, teaches a variety of yoga classes at the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA, including chair and gentle yoga. She is also certified in Chair Chi, a gentle Tai Chi exercise that is performed in the comfort of your chair. Kathy regards these gentle forms of exercise as movement meditation: a very healthy way of working in, instead of working out, for total well-being. This will be Kathy’s third opportunity to provide healing through guided meditations, exercises, and other activities for participants at one of St. Anthony’s 12-Step retreats; she looks forward to returning!
Spirituality of the Senses - Sallie Bachar and Rita Simon | June 14 -15
SENSING OUR WAY TO SPIRITUAL WHOLENESS
SPIRITUALITY OF THE SENSES
JUNE 14-15, 2019
Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes at 5:00 pm on Saturday.
Guided by Sallie Bachar and Rita Simon
Did you know that a key to a deeper spiritual life lies right at your fingertips? Let’s explore the many ways our five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell – open a world of spiritual riches to us every moment of every day!
Our five senses are more than doorways of perception that help us to function in the world. Besides providing us with physical sensations such as touch, taste, etc. they can lead us to more intentional and spiritually whole ways of living. Sight deepens into insight. Hearing mellows into resonance. Taste sweetens into discrimination. Touch opens to empathy, and smell sharpens instinct. This retreat will help you to refine and re-tune your ordinary senses to perceive in deeper and more subtle ways so you can live more spiritually whole and alive in this world.
Sallie Bachar is a trained spiritual director who considers it a privilege and blessing to companion others on their spiritual journeys as she listens to their stories and witnesses the presence of what is sacred and holy in their lives. She received her training and certification from the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI and is currently a supervisor in that program, training and mentoring others who are on the path to becoming spiritual directors. In addition to offering programs and workshops of her own, she has served on the team of presenters for St. Anthony’s theme retreats for the past seven years. She lives in Merrill, WI with her husband.
Rita Simon is a retired family practice physician who strongly believes that an essential task of each person’s life journey is to integrate body, mind, and spirit so as to connect the beauty and awe of one’s inner self to that of the outer world. Rita has been a working member of the retreat team at St. Anthony Spirituality Center in Marathon, WI since 2009. She helps plan and present weekend retreats for a wide range of people who come to the retreat center for spiritual deepening and refreshment. Rita practices embodied spirituality through vocal and instrumental music, yoga and dance, and enjoying the beauty of nature.
Personality Style: How it Shapes Our Interactions With Others - Elizabeth Lewis | July 20 -21
PERSONALITY AS EXPRESSION OF SPIRIT
July 20 –21, 2019
Registration begins at 8:00 Saturday. Continental breakfast will be available upon arrival until the program starts at 9:00. The retreat will conclude Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Why is it easy to communicate with some family members and even strangers, but not others? What personality traits and emotional characteristics make for good leadership? In what way is personality an expression of Spirit?
These questions lie at the heart of the Personality Styles workshop. Participants in this workshop will seek answers to these questions and more by investigating personality styles and types in the context of spiritual archetypes — psychological patterns of inner friends and foes that live within us and express themselves, for better or for worse, in our interactions with others. This workshop will help participants recognize, understand, and respond appropriately to their own and others’ personality traits or emotional characteristics. Through discussion; writing; guided meditations; and more, we will explore several facets of personality-as-spirit, including the following topics: our own patterns or archetypes; strategies for coping effectively with challenging people in work and home environments; and qualities that make for positive and effective leadership.
Elizabeth Lewis is a motivational speaker, personal development coach, grief support specialist, and spiritual counselor whose areas of expertise include resilience building, forgiveness facilitation, healing art and writing, and trauma healing. Recognizing that there is no “one-size-fits-all” path to wellness and a sense of wholeness, Elizabeth has pursued extensive training and certification in diverse approaches to resilience, healing, and growth. Elizabeth also draws on her personal resilience and experience in overcoming trauma to help her clients find their own best path to wellness. For more information on Elizabeth and her work, visit www.elizabeth-lewis-coach.com.
Volunteer Week | July 21 - 25
VOLUNTEER WEEK JULY 21st –25th, 2019
Come discover the simplicity and alive-ness of prayer, work, rest, and meals grounded in joyful community!
Arrival and departure dates and times are flexible, depending upon your availability.
We’ll start greeting volunteers on the afternoon of Sunday, July 21st and will leave out the welcome mat until all volunteers have arrived.
Group orientation will take place on the morning of Monday, July 22nd after breakfast.
The closing liturgy will take place on Thursday, July 25th at 11:30, followed by a farewell luncheon.
Overnight guests and commuters alike are welcome.
Volunteer projects include deep cleaning, window washing, yardwork, office work, painting, and more.
Social activities, group exercise opportunities, and community prayer options will be available. All meals and overnight accommodations are provided; moreover, the hours that you work can be applied towards payment of registration fees for any upcoming retreats you may wish to attend at St. Anthony’s. Please plan to join us for as much of the week as you can —and bring a friend!
St. Anthony Centennial Celebration | August 16-18, 2019
ST . ANTHONY CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 2019
Friday evening 6:30 to Sunday evening 6:30
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019
6:30 Evening Prayer
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019
9:30-5:30 Archive Display in Solanus Center, historical video footage, self guided tours of Building & Grounds (tour booklets provided), Silent Auction Bidding (see www.sarcenter.com for a list of items) and Centennial Items for purchase along with Centennial History Book.
9:30-11:00 Interactive Walking Lecture: Horticulture & Agriculture at St. Anthony’s Through the Years, by Center Director, Dr. Lori Randall, and UW-Extension Agents.
10:00-12:00 Wood Painting by Amanda, a scene from St. Anthony’s ($35 participation fee required with RSVP- limit 14)
12:00-1:00 Light Lunch Available (free will offering)
1:30-2:30 Lecture: “Behind the Walls,” Early History, by Fr. Tony Scannell, OFM Cap
2:45-3:45 Roundtable Discussion with Capuchin Friars on Life at St. Anthony’s through the Years
4:00-4:45 Concert by the Superior Diocesan Chorale
5:30 Supper ($10 reservation fee per person required with RSVP)
7:00 Prayer Service in Memory and Commemoration of Current, Past, and Deceased Staff Members, Volunteers and Residents of Anthony’s.
Evening – Party at the Firepit!!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019
1:00-5:30 Archive Display in Solanus Center, historical video footage, self guided tours of Building & Grounds (tour booklets provided), Silent Auction Bidding (see www.sarcenter.com for a list of items) and Centennial Items for purchase along with Centennial History Book.
1:00 Centennial Ribbon Cutting
2:30 Blessing of the Elevator
3:00 Centennial Mass (under tent) followed by a social
5:30 Celebration Supper ($20 reservation fee per person required with RSVP)
6:00 Announce Silent Auction Results
Retreat for those Left Behind: Suicide - Catherine Kuschel | August 23 -25
Creative Expressions of Spirituality - Various Presenters | August 23 -25
Continuing The Journey | Widowhood Retreat - Lynn Hilts and Sue Soriano | August 24
Old Testament Books - Sister Dianne Bergant | September 13 - 15
Depletion to Renewal | For Compassionate Caregivers - Elizabeth Lewis | September 21 -22
Franciscan Living Retreat | September 27 - 29
Twelve-Step Serenity Retreat: Awakening Our Creative Self in Recovery - Ruth Hoenick | October 4 -6
Awakening Our Creative Self in Recovery is about being willing to make the 12 step program of recovery our own. Each participant will walk through the steps while creating a language that works for their recovery, setting aside language that is a barrier to recovery and creating new language that resonates with their heart. There will be discussion of how to live creatively and spiritually in the here and now, looking at how to stay in the present and the presence of a higher power. Each person will examine how to create a new you while trusting that process of a self examination and sharing. Lastly, various movements, prayers, and multi-media will be used as participants will explore their own style of prayer and meditation. Awakening Our Creative Self in Recovery is a retreat for those wanting to make changes, small or large, to their connection with self and the divine.
Ruth Hoenick is a recovering member of Alcoholics Anonymous and grateful member of Al Anon since 1986. She is actively involved in both programs in sponsorship and service work. Ruth is a wife, mother and grandmother.
Ruth received her commission in Spiritual Guidance from the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin in November of 2018. Ruth is a Spiritual Companion in the Slinger/Hartford, WI area. Ruth attends silent 12 steps retreats regularly. She understands the value of silence and the gift of connecting with a Higher Power. Ruth has been an active retreat coordinator since 2008 and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI. She has been the speaker coordinator at several 12 step conferences. Additionally, Ruth currently facilitates and presents at Couples 12-Step Retreats, and has been commissioned as a Spiritual Companion. Ruth is passionate about sharing her experience, strength and hope, as well as the solutions she found in 12 step programs. Solid sponsorship and meetings have shown her how to connect with a Higher Power.
St Francis Celebration | October 6
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