About This Center

For more than 36 years the Christine Center has offered thousands of seekers the gifts of meditation, holistic wellness, and mystical spirituality, from both Christian and Eastern traditions. No matter what your spiritual path or faith background, you are welcome at our table. 


Buffet-style meals at the Christine Center are homemade with fresh, natural whole foods, grown locally and organic when available. Most are vegetarian. You often hear lots of “oh wow, this is incredible” floating through the dining room.

We accommodate gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free diets, best requested before you arrive.Many of the vegetables, fruits, breads, honey, maple syrup, and eggs served are from our organic gardens from local farmers


Each of our 16 Hermitages Is Unique and Hand-craftedAll hermitages have electricity and one to five beds.Our guest house rooms sleep two, with private baths and skylights that invite the stars into your dreams.Several areas are set aside for tent camping. All are close to bath facilities.

Meditation Spaces:

We several meditative spaces including:

The Mary of the Angels Chapel which holds our recently donated complete set of crystal singing bowls.The Meditation Hall you can enjoy to meditate, practice yoga, or just relax. The Bela Maroti Library has a first-rate collection of a wide-range of spirituality titles.Meditation Trails for hiking briskly or meditationThe Canticle Circle is a celebration of the Canticle of the Creatures that summarizes the Franciscan heritage of the Christine Center where all are welcomed as Divine Guest.


The Christine Center is nestled in 125 acres of tranquil woodlands in north central Wisconsin, two miles from Willard, about one hour south east of Eau Claire. It’s about a three hour drive from Minneapolis and Madison, four hours from Milwaukee and five hours from Chicago.



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Air, Bus, and Rail

Flights are available into the Minneapolis International Airport, Central Wisconsin Airport, and Eau Claire Airport. The closest bus station is in Eau Claire. The closest Amtrak station is about 1.5 hour’s drive in Tomah, WI. We can arrange to pick you up and drop you off.

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The business of living life is simply last night’s dream.
All creation is just a flash of lightning in the dark. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Desire to learn more meditation practices, spend more time in spiritual community. Heather

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.