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WELCOME TO WOODLAND SPIRITUAL NATURE RETREATS

Spiritual Nature Retreats For Clergywomen in the Chicago and Midwest Area

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
  so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,  for the living God. 

 Psalm 42:1-2

2017  Open Retreat Dates

  August 16-22      September 6-16    October – open

Inquire at info@woodlandspiritualretreats.org

The gardens are in full bloom! New colors emerge in September.

Rev. Dr. Cheri Magrini

Cheri is your Retreat Director offering the hospitality that is at the heart of our mission. Serving in United Methodist lay and clergy ministry since 1989, Cheri has learned to listen to her inner spirit’s need for renewal. Sacred time away in nature has brought her healing after the tragic loss of her young adult son.  As a Minnesota farm girl, being immersed in nature at the Woodlands restores her walk with God. She desires that you will also find peace in heart and soul during one of your own nature retreats. 

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Women in Ministry

Cheri has designed the Unhurried Sabbath women’s retreat specifically for the spiritual renewal of clergywomen and lay women in ministry. Clergywomen far too often place their own self-care and journey with God aside while tending to others. Release, discover, renew, and celebrate the beautiful woman God created you to be as you engage the retreat program at your own pace or with Cheri as your guide.

Be at Peace

Hosted on our six wooded acres, the spiritual retreats provide a set apart time and holy place from carrying the weight, the worry, the stress and pain that can be overwhelming in ministry and in family life. Retreating in a place surrounded by nature can be balm to the weary soul. Let your body, heart, mind, and soul be soothed as you breath deeply. Here at one of our nature retreats, the pace is slowed.

YOUR INVITATION

The Unhurried Sabbath Retreat

for clergywomen and all women in ministry

or

Praying the Psalms Retreat

for all women seeking to deepen their spiritual life with God

INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION

The spiritual renewal nature retreat is limited to one to four women attending together depending on rooming.

SMALL GROUPS

A small group of six to twelve women may arrange a retreat led by Rev. Cheri Magrini for a daytime sabbath.

LENGTH OF STAY

There are two options for our retreats. Choose either two days with one overnight or three days with two overnights. 

 

HOSPITALITY

Light meals are provided keeping your dietary needs in mind. The full kitchen is yours to use should you want to bring your own food and cook!

RETREAT FORMAT

Choose either a self-guided spiritual retreat or partner with Rev. Cheri Magrini for a guided spiritual retreat. 

THE RETREAT PROGRAM

The retreat guide includes the process details with all the materials and resources needed so you may experience the Sabbath at your own pace.

MOST OF ALL, THIS IS YOUR TIME

Stilling the Restlessness

The spirit of Woodlands and the gracious hospitality moved me and refreshed me. The silence and privacy stilled my restlessness. Having time with Cheryl on a directed retreat was deeply satisfying when I was struggling with personal matters. Her gentle guidance shook me loose from the difficult places where I felt stuck. She gave me space to look at my life with fresh eyes again.

Reverend Kathy Dale McNair, Faith, Hope and Recovery

Unhurried Sabbath guided retreat guest

Refreshed and Renewed

Woodland Spiritual Retreats offers a delightful opportunity for Sabbath rest! Rev. Cheri Magrini’s “five-star” accommodations are just the start. Walk the woodland trails in any season, relax and meditate or peruse dozens of spiritual books. Enjoy the gardens, use art supplies, or wander the nearby forest preserve prairie. You’ll come away refreshed and renewed.

Reverend Beth Galbreath, Galbreath Digital Culture Ministry

Unhurried Sabbath self-guided retreat guest

Walking Trails

Native Plants

Your Stay

Location

Located in Woodstock, Illinois, we are only 50 minutes from O’Hare International Airport with easy access via major highways from the Chicago metro area and interstate highways. Send us an email to request detailed information including availability dates and retreat costs. We hope you will join us in 2017 whether spring, summer, fall, or winter.