Inviting Women Who Desire Sabbath Renewal

Including Spiritual Nature Retreats for Clergywomen and Women in Ministry

In Woodstock, Illinois 65 miles west of Chicago


Individual Retreats

The overnight spiritual renewal nature retreat is limited to one to four women attending together as a group depending on rooming. The bedrooms have a queen bed and private bathroom.

Length of Stay

Retreats are usually for one night/two days or two nights/three days. However, we will do our best to accommodate your request for the length of stay.

Retreat Options

Choose a private retreat with the Unhurried Sabbath program yours to explore whenever and however you wish. Rev. Magrini is also available as your spiritual guide. 

Small Groups

Small groups are welcome to lead your own one day retreat or with Rev. Magrini as your retreat leader. We are creative in hosting programs indoors and outdoors.


Light healthy meals are provided using organic foods from the Woodstock farmer’s market when in season keeping your dietary needs in mind. The full kitchen is yours to use should you want to bring your own food and cook!

Themed Retreats

Thematic programs are one of the ways to center your heart and soul while you are here. These retreats delve into topics such as the seasons of the spiritual journey, Scripture guiding daily life, and spiritual disciplines. 

Women find renewal in friendships.
Friendship and renewal with women on retreat.

Private Retreats

You know in your heart and soul what you are longing for in your faith journey. When you come for your own private retreat the time is yours to do what is most renewing. We encourage you to bring an inspirational book, music, or symbol from home, for example. You may want to bring walking shoes or outdoor clothes. We have mats and blocks for yoga. If you would like ideas for your retreat Rev. Magrini is ready to help before or during your stay.

Two friends enjoying a relaxing afternoon.
Laughing and coloring with a friend revive the soul.

Retreat Programs

Unhurried Sabbath is our cornerstone program. This includes writings from contemporary authors and ancient thinkers, prayer experiences, and thought provoking questions for reflection. Find your sacred center through release, discovery, renewal, and celebration. Women in ministry, whether within a faith community, as a caregiver, volunteer, or clergy spouse, just to name a few, will find this retreat soothing to the weary soul.

Welcome bags and the Unhurried Sabbath retreat program are ready for the retreat guests arriving any minute.


  • 5,000 square feet
  • expansive windows looking into the gardens, tree-filled yards, woods
  • extensive library of contemporary authors, biblical and theological resources
  • Great Room/meeting space, fireplace, grand piano
  • comfortable gathering room, wood burning stove
  • large gourmet kitchen
  • formal and informal dining/meeting spaces
  • indoor atrium 
  • two private bedrooms and bathrooms


  • Located on six wooded acres
  • two large bluestone outdoor backyard patios, upper and lower
  • full length deck
  • private covered balcony for each bedroom
  • five native plant gardens
  • old oak trees, shagbark hickories, elm and cherry trees
  • large backyard bordered by woods
  • many wooded walking trails for all seasons
  • wildlife and wild birds year round


Guest Review

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

Guest Review

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

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Walking Trails

Native Plants

Your Stay

Deer, coyote, raccoon, opussum and wild turkeys find their natural habitat in our woods.

Meet Reverend Cheri Magrini, Ph.D. Cheri is your Retreat Director and Spiritual Companion offering hospitality that is at the heart of our mission. Serving in United Methodist lay and clergy ministry since 1989 in the Chicagoland area, Cheri has learned to listen to her spirit’s need for renewal. Her ministry focus is in spiritual and faith formation, small groups, and in Christian education. As a childhood Minnesota farm girl, sacred time away in nature is essential to her inward centering and outward service. She holds a Masters of Science in Education and Policy Studies from Northern Illinois University, a Masters of Theology Studies and a Ph.D. in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders. Cheri desires that you will find peace and a renewed spirit during your nature retreat or small group event.

Base rate is $65/night. Email  for more information.


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Woodland Spiritual Retreats 2019



Woodstock, Illinois is only 65 miles west of Chicago in the heart of the Midwest. We have easy access via major highways and are only 50 minutes from O’Hare International Airport.  Request availability and retreat costs via email or phone. We promise a prompt reply. Each season offers its own beauty. Join us year round!

4716 Sunnyside Road, Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Phone: 847-530-8482
Email: info@woodlandspiritualretreats.org
Website: https://www.woodlandspiritualretreats.org