Wake Up Retreats

Wake Up the Writer Within

Writing Retreat at the Christine Center
Willard, Wisconsin

June 23-26, 2022

Explore or rediscover your love of writing! Whether you’re just beginning to dream about getting those old journals out again or are considering submitting your work for publication, join us to spend time writing together, trying out new ideas, and getting feedback about your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Discover how to awaken and transform your creativity through writing prompts and mindful awareness practices in the peace filled setting of the Christine Center. You’ll have time to relax while learning to combine the art of paying close attention with writing that deepens every experience. Give your true voice space to roam and reawaken your intuitive self through guided written exercises, discussion, and reflection.

Appropriate for beginning writers as well as those with more experience, all that is necessary is the curiosity to listen deeply to yourself, the desire to pay close attention to all that is around you, and a willingness to explore your imagination. We’ll utilize techniques proven to enhance creativity, create opportunities to gain insights, and take time to write in a safe and nurturing environment. Any sharing of class writing is completely optional.


Writing the Spiritual Journey

Writing Retreat at the Christine Center Willard, Wisconsin

August 19-21, 2022


We all approach our spirituality—that link between the sacred and ourselves—in unique ways. Join in community to honor and explore your connection to the sacred and to the self through writing. Engage in guided written exercises developed by Joanne and other authors designed to help you explore your spiritual path, inspire your creative journey, and generate successful narratives and poetry. Give a written voice to your own spiritual story and leave with specific tools and strategies developed to make deepening your spirituality through writing easy to continue after our program.

Whether you are a seasoned writer or just beginning to play with words on the page, you will grow from this innovative retreat filled with unique writing prompts, mindfulness opportunities, and focused instruction appropriate to all genres of writing and levels of spiritual practice. Time will be available for writing in silence as well as for optional sharing in a safe and supportive community. All writing will be considered private and only shared with the community if desired.



The Second Half of Life: A Creative Retreat for a Time of Deep Change

Writing Retreat at the Christine Center, Willard, WI

Oct. 4-7, 2022


Join us as we explore the transformative possibilities of this new stage of life. The Second half of life is not defined by a particular age. Rather it begins in a moment brought about by all manner of life changing circumstances–a time when we recognize the need to reconsider who we are apart from occupations, daily duties, and our past.

Psychologist James Hollis writes that the second half of life is a time of deep change. A time when people, “for whatever reason–the death of a partner, end of a marriage, illness, retirement, whatever–are obliged to radically consider who they are apart from their history, their roles, and their commitments.

Through writing, discussion, creative play, and mindfulness exercises we’ll create out own unique paths to the second half of life. Join us for this program of exploration during which we’ll gently uncover the transformative possibilities inherent in times of deep change.

Time to share written or other creative work is available, but never required!