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Trusting God for


Come and enjoy a contemplative overnight

Fall Retreat!

Friday Oct. 27th - Saturday Oct. 28th, 2023

Are you longing for some time away with God?

Some relief and rest from your worries?  Come!

     "Uncertainty about the economy, employment, health and relationships often gives us fearful, worried lives.  But Psalm 23 offers a picture of what it looks like when we live our lives with God.  Such a life of connecting with God moves us toward becoming people who live with joy and gratefulness and are able to bless..." (author; Jan Johnson)


  Sound too good to be true?

Come, join us and embrace more fully

a life of trust and confidence in God.

"In an age when daily life and even vacations are characterized by pressure-packed schedules, a retreat invites us to soul-nurturing rest."  

Jesus said,

"I will give you rest"

(Mt 11:28)

and he is eager to do that . 



Come join us on the beautiful campus of the Siena Retreat Center, Racine, WI - right on Lake Michigan! Just an hour and 1/2 north of the Chicago area.

Tentative SCHEDULE


2-4pm - Arrival, Registration, Settling in

4pm - Orientation / Welcome / Invitations

5:30pm - Dinner

7pm - Prayer Experience One: Doubt - Does God really provide everything?


8am- Breakfast

9am- Morning / Prayer Experience Two: Trusting God in the Deep Valleys

10am-12pm - Time for Quiet reflection / walks / optional 1-1 session of Spiritual Direction

12pm - Lunch

1pm - Mid-day / Prayer Experience Three: A Life of Settled Trust in God

2-4pm - Time for Quiet reflection / walks / optional 1-1 session of Spiritual Direction

4pm- Closing Prayer, Gratitude and Re-entry

5pm - Dismissal & check out 

The HOPE of this retreat:

"Through this retreat (we hope) you'll see how God provides for everything you need, that God can be trusted to lead you and restore your soul, and that God walks every step with you in all situations."

"We have all things and abound;

not because I have a good store of money in the bank,

not because I have skill and wit with which to win my bread,

but because the Lord is my shepherd."

- Charles H. Spurgeon


Friday Dinner, Saturday's Breakfast & Lunch.  Let us know of any dietary restrictions.

ROOMS: You will enjoy your own private room and bath

Quiet Reflection time on your own

You'll be invited into some quiet and encouraged to enjoy the serene and  beautiful Campus of Siena Retreat Center. 


Retreatants have access to small prayer/meditation rooms, an outdoor labyrinth, and a Creativity Room with a variety of art supplies. In good weather, it is possible to walk the grounds (lakeshore, prairie, and woods) or sit in the screened porch or on the Memorial Patio. Bicycles are also available.

This is not a silent retreat, but we will invite times of quiet.

There will be some optional brief group interactions.

But a quiet presence is expected on the grounds and in the buildings.


Several individual appointments will be available Saturday in the morning & afternoon if you'd like to receive a Spiritual Direction/Immanuel Prayer session.


(these sessions will be offered by Cecilia & a possible guest spiritual director)


  • $250* Includes a private room & bath, all guided prayer experiences, 1-1 session of Spiritual Direction or Immanuel Prayer included (a $50+ value), 3 meals, access to the retreat center & its amenities, a take home booklet to extend your retreat, snacks & beverages throughout the day. 

Optional 45 minute Spiritual Direction or Immanuel Prayer  included.

(there are a limited number of available spaces, please sign up below and reserve a 45 minute session. Sessions will be offered by Cecilia and another guest Spiritual Director)

*Fees are non-refundable, but transferable if for some reason you are not able to attend, you can pass it on to a friend.

REGISTRATION is now CLOSED (please email me if you'd like to see if there are any cancellations or an extra room last minute!)

The retreat will be facilitated by Spiritual Director, Cecilia T. Whitacre

Why go on a retreat?


"Jesus invites us to be with him, offering our full and undivided attention to him. When we choose to retreat, we make a generous investment in our friendship with Christ. We are not always generous with ourselves where God is concerned. Many of us have tried to incorporate regular times of solitude and silence into the rhythm of our ordinary lives, which may mean that we give God twenty minutes here and half an hour there. And there’s no question we are better for it! But we need more.

Indeed, we long for more.

There has never been a time when the invitation to retreat is so radical and so relevant,

so needed and so welcome.

It is not a luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual life." 

-Ruth Haley Barton, Invitation to Retreat

 “If we don’t come apart for while,

we will come apart after awhile.”
–Dallas Willard


#1) Complete the Registration form below:             #2) Step two- Make payment below:

Payment OPTIONS:

Pay in full $250


Pay 1/2 now $125 and pay 1/2 by Sept. 27 

(to avoid paypal fees included above; send the fee through Zelle/Chase Quickpay, Venmo or ApplePay or mail a check)






“The glorious, eternal, all-sufficient omnipotent Creator of the universe whose greatness surpasses anything we could ever imagine.

Unlimited in resources, just as he is unlimited in love,

he is the Good Shepherd who generously provides for our every need.” 

-Dallas Willard




Come unto me,

       all ye that labor and are heavy laden,

  and I will give you rest!

        (Jesus - Mt 11:28)

Sunset in the Woods

 photos from previous retreats...

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