Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

About This Center

Windhorse Retreat Center is the only Shambhala land center in the Midwest. It is located in southeastern Wisconsin and serves the cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis. It has provided year-round space for programming since 2002 for group and individual retreats, spiritual retreats, artistic gatherings, nature retreats, and private events.

The retreat building sits on a three acre site and was built as a state-of-the-art passive solar bio-shelter and greenhouse in the 1980‘s by Belden and Lisa Paulson – educators, activists, and authors – who cultivated a group of like-minded individuals interested in starting an intentional community based upon ecology and sustainability. It is energy-efficient, super-insulated, and bermed into the side of a hill. There are an additional 33 acres of Shambhala property nearby, with hiking and cross-country ski trails that lead directly into the neighboring Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Inspired by the Paulsons’ mission, Shambhala’s Windhorse Retreat Center embraces the opportunity to engage in and manifest environmental sustainability and awareness through its programs.

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Watching the sun come over the mountain in the morning inspires me! Holly

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.