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Make Your Own Christmas Card

There is a waiting list for the Sunday program.
We have added a repeat program on Saturday but you must pick up the supplies at Siena Retreat Center.


Offered virtually via Zoom

Join us for a day of reflection on the Light within all. Paint your own expression of how you know that Light. Design your watercolor painting which could possibly be used as a card.

No art experience is necessary. Learn some of the basics of watercolor painting and create your own work of art in a playful, nonjudgmental atmosphere.

All art supplies will be mailed to you. You just supply a table to work on, glass of water, comfy clothes and your internet connection. Joseph will demonstrate the basics of watercolor painting and how you can begin your own painting. There will be time to be on your own to reflect and paint. We’ll gather at the end for a closing circle.

You must either register by 8:00am November 30 (if you are in the SE Wisconsin/NE Illinois area) or 8am November 24 (if you are not in the local area) so we can mail the supplies to you or pick up your supplies at Siena Retreat Center by December 4 .

Sunday, December 6, 2020
This day has a waiting list.

10:30am — 3:00pm
Cost of $45 includes $15 non-refundable deposit and supplies.
Limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

Saturday, December 5, 2020
There are two openings for this day. However, you must pick up your supplies at Siena Retreat Center between Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 4.  You can pick them up between 8am and 5pm or arrange with us to pick them up at another time.

10:30am — 3:00pm
Cost of $45 includes $15 non-refundable deposit and supplies.
Limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

Siena Retreat Center is open for private retreats. If you wish to participate in this retreat at Siena Retreat Center, you are welcome to do so and add one or more overnights.  Meals are available with a five-business-day advance notice. Alternatively, you can bring your own food (fridge, microwave, toaster oven and stove are available for use) or we can refer you to nearby restaurants. You must bring your own computer and headphones to participate in the retreat.  Contact Nikki at or (262) 898-2580 to make your reservation to stay at Siena Retreat Center.

Joseph Marco is a Racine Dominican Associate and recently retired Chaplain/Coordinator of Catholic Ministries at Northwest Community Hospital     in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Joseph holds a master’s degree from Mundelein College of Loyola University—Chicago and has worked  with watercolor and oil medium for over 30 years. He currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Pat Shutts is a retreat leader, program presenter, and spiritual guide. She has training in bereavement ministry and holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies. Pat brings her gifts of creativity, compassionate listening, and trust in the Spirit’s work in all of life.