Frequently Asked Questions

Coming on retreat at Siena? Here’s what you should know:

Siena Retreat Center makes every effort to be a place of peace and wellness.

  • Meeting rooms, common areas, frequently touched surfaces, and bedrooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized using CDC recommendations.
  • We have increased the availability of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer throughout the building and encourage frequent use.

We are requiring the following of all visitors, volunteers, and staff:

  • Take care of yourself and others by staying home if you have a fever (99.5 degrees F or higher) or other COVID-19 symptoms. Please stay home if you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last ten (10) days.
  • You will be required to complete a brief COVID-19 screening upon arrival and to self-monitor for symptoms daily.
  • A properly fitting mask is recommended in meeting rooms and required in common areas (such as hallways, Bookstore, Lobby, etc.). Masks are not required in the private bedrooms or while actively eating in the dining room). This applies to all individuals whether or not they have been vaccinated.

Questions may be directed to Claire Anderson at (262) 898-2588 or [email protected].

Our catering team is able to accommodate vegetarian and gluten free requests. Special needs must be indicated at the time of registration so that we can plan for your needs. Guests with dietary restrictions beyond what the kitchen can accommodate will need to bring their own food. A refigerator, microwave, & toaster oven will be available for storage and prep.

If you are not sure that you’ve let us know, contact our Arrangements Coordinator, Nikki Madisen, as soon as possible but at least 7 days before your scheduled retreat at [email protected] or by phone at 262-898-2580.

Siena Retreat Center serves adults for the purpose of spiritual renewal, enrichment, individual and group retreats, prayer, and contemplation. Use of the Center is restricted to those activities and pursuits that fit within this aim. Generally, minors of any age are not allowed at Siena Retreat Center overnight. Consideration is given to certain school or church groups particularly for day use, and a contract is required.

The front desk is staffed for check-ins 9:00am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday and 9:00am – noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

Doors lock at 5:00pm on weekdays and at noon on weekends. The door code is provided at check-in.

If you are coming for one of our sponsored retreats you will receive an email approximately one week before the event with instructions on when to arrive.

The bedroom floors are silent spaces. Each guest bedroom includes:

  • Private bathroom
  • Individual temperature control (including A/C)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bed linens & towels
  • Soap (please bring your own personal toiletries)
  • Writing desk/chair
  • Rocking chair/recliner
  • Small dresser

Guests are not permitted to use candles in the private bedrooms. There are a small number of hairdryers available in the guest laundry room on each of the bedroom floors.

We accept cash, check, and credit cards.

Please make your own arrangements for transportation.

Bedrooms are pre-assigned. Medical requests (such as ADA accessible rooms and rooms near an elevator) must be made at least 10 days prior to arrival.  We cannot honor any other type of room request.

Continental breakfast is available at any time in the Retreat Dining Room.

Currently, lunches & dinners are served one of two ways at the Retreat Center.

  • When there are 16+ guests signed up, lunches and dinners are served hot from the buffet line
    (Lunch 12-12:30 pm and Dinner 5:30-6 pm)
    OR
  • When there are less than 16 guests dining, meals are preplated and made available for guests to heat & eat at their convenience.

The meals provided are the same menu items regardless of method of serving. Meals must be ordered at least 7 days in advance through our Arrangements Coordinator.

Our catering team is able to accommodate vegetarian and gluten free requests. Special needs must be indicated at the time of registration so that we can plan for your needs. Guests with dietary restrictions beyond what the kitchen can accommodate will need to bring their own food. A refigerator, microwave, & toaster oven will be available for storage and prep.

A freezer, refrigerator, toaster oven and microwave are available in our dining room. When using the refrigerator and freezer, please clearly label your food with your name. Bedrooms do not have their own refrigerator.

Please take unused food with you when you leave.

The Beverage Center in the dining room is open 24/7.

Drink options include:

  • coffee (hot and iced)
  • tea
  • hot cocoa
  • juice (flavors vary)
  • ice and water dispenser
  • low-fat milk

Please note while we make every effort to accommodate individual needs we are unable to supply milk alterantives such as soy, almond, or oatmilk. Should you require a lactose-free alternative please plan to bring  your own and we will supply refigerator space for storage. Thank you!

Our outstanding bookstore is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, on Saturdays from 9:00am – noon, and closed on Sundays and holidays.
  • As you come along the drive, you will notice a sign for Retreat Parking.
  • You are welcome to stop at the front door to unload before going to park.
  • If you are an overnight guest, we will need your license plate number upon check-in.

A washing machine, dryer, iron, and ironing board are provided on both bedroom floors for your use. Laundry detergent is available.

Unfortunately we are not able to ship items purchased from the Bookstore.

Bring comfortable shoes and clothes.  We recommend bringing a sweater as room temperatures and individual comfort levels vary.

A hermitage is not on the Siena campus, but a rustic hermitage is located at the Eco-Justice Center, four miles to the north. The Eco-Justice Center is also a sponsored ministry of the Racine Dominican sisters.

For more information, visit the Eco-Justice Center website at https://ecojusticecenter.org/hermitage.

Siena Retreat Center permits service animals in accordance with Americans with Disabilities regulations. Other animals are not allowed.

No. Urgent health matters would be treated as emergencies, and emergency medical staff (911) may be called.

The entire Siena campus is intended as a place of healing, peace, and wholeness. Smoking is discouraged and only permitted outdoors, at least 20 feet from any building on campus.