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Christian Spirituality and Contemplative Yoga for Women

Christian mystics share the desire to “yoke” themselves to God, to move toward union with God. Likewise, the root meaning of the word yoga is “to yoke,” to integrate oneself spiritually.

By “yoking” Christian spirituality and gentle, modern yoga postures, this retreat day invites participants to engage in conversation and spiritual practices to help integrate one’s mind, body, and spirit and deepen one’s relationship with God.

This day explores the intersection of women’s experiences and holistic spiritual practices during this time of social change.

The structure of the day includes a short morning contemplative practice, a morning presentation and group discussion, time for silent reflection, and an afternoon contemplative yoga session. While the primary focus will be on Christian spirituality, women of any tradition are welcome!

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat (or a beach towel). Contemplative yoga can also be done in a chair. Participants may want to bring a journal for individual reflection.

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Cost of $45 includes $15 non-refundable deposit and mid-day meal.

This retreat currently has a waiting list.


Facilitated by Siena Retreat Center staff and Yoga leader Gretchen Baumgardt, MDiv (University of Notre Dame),  PhD (Marquette University). Gretchen is a Catholic lay woman with a holistic approach to spirituality and a passion for feminist theologies and spiritualities from around the world. She has served as a theological educator, retreat facilitator, and spiritual director for parishes, high schools, and universities. She also is a certified yoga teacher in Integrative Yoga Therapy, which approaches yoga as a “healing art,” and Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy.