Wake Up Retreats

Telling It True

Writing Retreat at the Christine Center
Willard, Wisconsin

June 22-26, 2023

There comes a time when we want to explore and tell our truths, to deepen our connection to what guides us and expand upon what we think we know. To understand who we are in this moment of time and perhaps even tell our stories of arrival—and to decide if those stories are only for ourselves, or if they need to be shared.

In this innovative retreat, guided written exercises developed by Joanne and other authors will inspire our creative journeys and encourage new narratives. We’ll use mindful awareness practices and writing prompts in the peace-filled setting of the Christine Center to awaken truths we’ve been holding, and wanting to tell. 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.

Whether you are a seasoned writer or just beginning to play with words on the page, 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 simply be in the safe and nurturing environment of the Christine Center. Any sharing of class writing is completely optional.


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

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Sept. 15-17, 2023


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!



Writing Your Spiritual Story

Writing Retreat at the Christine Center, Willard, WI

Oct. 1-3, 2023


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 us explore our spiritual paths, inspire our creative journeys, and generate new narratives about what is most important. 

We’ll give written voice to our own unique spiritual stories during our time together and leave with specific tools and strategies for deepening spirituality after our program.

Whether you are a seasoned writer or just beginning to play with words on the page you will grow during 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 to share written work is available, but never required!