Rest and renewal: A retreat sampler

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In and around the Diocese of Superior, retreat centers and monasteries offer opportunities for rest as well as artistic, spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth. The following is a sampling of upcoming retreats; see each center’s website for a complete listing.

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae
Icon Retreat: The Good Shepherd, April 22-28. Beginners and advanced students will write an icon of The Good Shepherd with local iconographer Barbara Lawless. All materials included. $650 for a private room or $475 for commuters.

Christian Tradition and Contemplative Ecology, May 18-20. Explore varied resources in Christianity “to gain insights into a faith perspective on our place within Creation and our response to the ecological crisis” with a facilitator who lived on a Catholic Worker farm. $190 for a private room or $120 for commuters.

Fishing as a Spiritual Practice, June 15-17. Spend the weekend fishing and reflecting on how “fishing nurtures us and our spirits.” $275.

Canoe Camping Retreat, June 21-24. “Experience the goodness of God manifested in the Northwoods during this contemplative outdoors retreat on the water.” $475.

Program fees include meals, materials, outdoor gear and accommodations for non-commuters. To learn more, visit marywoodsc.org or call 715-385-3750.

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Marathon
Lenten Day of Prayer, March 8. A 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. program focused on deepening participants’ life of prayer. $45.

Eucharist Retreat, March 16-18. Retreatants will study Scripture passages “that speak to us of this special presence of Jesus with us and within us.” $185.

Medieval Women Mystics, April 27-29. Fr. Jim Bartelme, recently retired from active ministry in the Diocese of Superior, leads a historical and spiritual retreat on medieval women mystics, including Julian of Norwich and Hildegarde of Bingen, among others. $185.

Silent and preached retreat on Bl. Solanus Casey, June 7-10. Capuchin Fr. Dan Crosby, who lived with Solanus Casey in his last year of life, will share personal stories as well as what he learned from Bl. Solanus about the journey to holiness. $275.

Program fees include all meals, materials and accommodations. To learn more, visit sarcenter.com or call 715-443-2236.

Carmel of the Sacred Heart Monastery, Hudson
The Carmelite nuns host private retreats at their hermitage/guest quarters. Participation in Masses and the Liturgy of the Hours is optional; guests will enjoy wooded areas, gardens and a scenic view of the St. Croix River. Call 715-386-2156 or email for details.

Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, Minnesota
Married Couples Retreat, March 2-4. $320 per couple.
Lenten Silent Retreat for men and women, March 16-18. Theme: “Enoughness, the Cancer of the Spiritual Life.” $175.

Holy Week Retreat, March 28-31. Theme: “Jesus Christ: Our Everything.” $225.
Mothers, Grandmothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends Retreat, May 5. Theme: “What the Story of Ruth and Naomi Says to Women of Today.” $50.
Visit kingshouse.com or call 763-682-1394, ext. 11, to learn more.

McCabe Renewal Center and St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth
Have You Heard the Good News? Four Women Doctors of the Church, March 10, 9 a.m. to noon at McCabe Renewal Center. Learn about four saints: Hildegarde of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila. $35.

Walking the Path of Holy Week, March 29 to April 1. Hosted by the Benedictine sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. $230.

Spirituality and Rosemaling, May 10-12. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Learn a traditional Norwegian decorative art at St. Scholastica Monastery. $190.

Benedictine in the Workplace: Wisdom for Organizational Life, April 12, 9-11:30 a.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery. “This workshop offers you an opportunity to step out of the fray for a morning to become grounded in the practices and spirituality of the monastic path.” $35.
For more information, visit duluthbenedictines.org or call 218-723-6555.

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