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

Special Event One Day Retreat: Praying the Seasons of Life

Open group for all women on Saturday, October 7, 2017! (See below)

Inquire at info@woodlandspiritualretreats.org

Cheri is enjoying the gorgeous day full of sunshine in the backyard garden.

Rev. Dr. Cheri Magrini

Cheri is your Retreat Director and Guide offering 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 spirit’s need for renewal. As a Minnesota farm girl, sacred time away in nature has brought her healing after the tragic loss of her young adult son. She desires that you will find peace and a renewed spirit during your nature retreat or small group event.


Retreat Options

Women in Ministry: The Unhurried Sabbath women’s retreat is specifically designed for the spiritual renewal of clergywomen, lay women in ministry and clergy spouses. The experience moves through release, discovery, renewal, and celebration. All Women: Praying the Psalms retreat is experiential as you pray in praise, lament, hope, justice, and relationship with God and the world.

Be at Peace

Located in Woodstock, IL on six wooded acres with native gardens and walking trails, the spiritual retreats provide a set apart time and holy place from carrying the weight, worry, stress and pain that can be overwhelming in ministry and family life. Here we slow the pace as you are bathed in hospitality. Let your body, heart, mind, and soul be soothed as you breathe deeply.


Overnight retreats

for clergywomen and all women in ministry:

The Unhurried Sabbath Retreat


for all women: Praying the Psalms 


Special Event! A one day, open group retreat for all women

Praying the Seasons of Life

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Save the date. Online registration available soon.

Overnight accommodations available in the retreat center and the local area.


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


A small group of six to twelve women are welcome with leading your own one day retreat or with Cheri as your retreat leader. Inquire about options as space for planning or leadership events.


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



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!


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


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


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 Summer 2017!

Your Stay New Photos July 2017!


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.