BY CLAIRE ANDERSON
The welcoming community of Siena Retreat Center provides retreats and programs that renew lives and deepen holistic spirituality in an environment of peace, joy, and beauty. In the spirit of the Racine Dominicans, we seek to be a catalyst for a more just and compassionate world. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan on the north side of Racine, Siena Retreat Center is pleased to bring to the Racine area the following upcoming retreats and programs:
Saturday, Nov. 3: Healing Family Memory. Facilitated by counselor and Franciscan Sister Bea Eichten.
Monday, Nov. 12: Evening Meditation and Life Integration. Enjoy 20 minutes of silent meditation and discussion of the book Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 16-18: Weekend Retreat for Veterans (no cost). Explore the spiritual effects of military service. Significant others are also welcome.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Middle Eastern Spirituality. Explore Middle Eastern Spirituality through the poetry of Khalil Gibran; facilitated by Lebanese American Sister Marianne Saieg.
Wednesday, Dec. 5: Who Is In Your Spiritual Genealogy? Led by Dominican Sister Miriam Brown, this two-hour reflection is offered in the morning and again in the evening.
Sunday, Dec. 9: Advent Day of Solitude. Refresh your spirit by creating your own prayer day.
Monday, Dec. 10: Soul Searching with the writings of Thomas Merton. Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Thomas Merton with this morning and evening of reflection.
Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe from an Indigenous Perspective. Facilitated by Hispanic Dominican Sister Vivian Giddings.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Advent Day of Reflection. Facilitated by Rev. Allan Bratkowski and Joseph Marco, the day will include creative expression with paint and reflections on the advent messengers that came to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds.
Sunday, Dec. 16: A Retreat Day on Secondary Loss. There are many losses that come from the loss—a loss of a spouse can lead to loss of friends; the loss of job can lead to being uprooted from a neighborhood. This retreat day is appropriate for adults who have experienced a loss of any kind.
Monday, Dec. 17: Advent Taize Prayer. Enjoy a peaceful evening of ecumenical prayer that includes chant, silence, and brief readings. Hospitality to follow.
Partial scholarships available. Explore more and register at: SienaRetreatCenter.org, (262) 898-2590, 5637 Erie Street in Racine
Claire Anderson is the executive director of Siena Retreat Center.