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Frequently Asked Questions

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

What are the coronavirus precautions and protocols?

Siena Retreat Center intends to continue to be a place of calm, peace, and wellness during this uncertain time. 

  • 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.
  • Siena Retreat Center requires properly fitting face masks everywhere in the building (except when 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 Jane Czarnezki at (262) 898-2591 or [email protected].
 

We look forward to welcoming you to a safe and healthy Siena Retreat Center.

What is the cost of bringing a group to Siena?

Group rates vary depending on length of retreat, the number of meals, etc.  Please contact our Arrangements Coordinator at [email protected] for more information on pricing.

Audio-visual equipment, extra meeting rooms, snacks, etc. incur additional charges.

What are the rates for a private (personal) retreat?

Overnight accommodations are $65 per person per night as of September 1, 2022.

Meals are an additional cost of $9 for continental breakfast, $13 for lunch, and $11 for dinner.

How early (or late) may I check in?

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.

 

Do you provide transportation?

Please make your own arrangements for transportation.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept cash, check, and credit cards.

Can I request a certain bedroom?

Bedrooms are pre-assigned.

Medical requests (such as ADA accessible rooms and rooms near an elevator) must be made at least 15 days prior to arrival.  We cannot honor any other type of room request.  

I have a bunch of yes/no questions about the bedrooms.......
  • Does each room have a private bathroom?  Yes
  • Is the building air conditioned?   Yes
  • Is there free Wifi?  Yes
  • Are bed linens and towels provided?    Yes
  • Are toiletries provided?   Soap is provided; please bring your own personal toiletries.
  • Is a hairdryer provided?       No
  • Can I move the furniture in my room?         No
  • Can I light candles or incense in my room?      No
What times are meals served?

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 15+ 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 15 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 5 days in advance through our Arrangements Coordinator (7 days for dietary needs).

I’d like to bring some of my own food. What appliances are available to me?

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.

I have a food allergy. How do I arrange for my dietary needs?

Be sure to note your allergy upon registration and we will get that information to the catering company. If your food allergies are severe, you may be asked to provide your own food.

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.

I am vegetarian/vegan/gluten free. Can you accommodate me?

We can accommodate most vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, and gluten-free diets with at least a 7 day notice to our Arrangements Coordinator.  If your dietary restrictions are severe you may be asked to provide your own food. 

Although we are able to accommodate most medical dietary restrictions, we are not equipped to accommodate food preferences

What beverage options are available?

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!

Is the tap water safe to drink?

Perfectly safe.  And delicious.

What are the Bookstore hours?

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.

What should I know about parking?
  • 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. 
Are there laundry services onsite?

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

Can you ship purchases from the Bookstore for me?

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

What kind of clothing should I bring?

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

Does Siena Retreat Center have a hermitage?

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.

Does Siena have a sabbatical program?

Although Siena Retreat Center does not offer a formal sabbatical program, we do accept private retreatants for extended retreats of up to 30 days, based on space availability.  Please inquire about a sabbatical rate.  Contact Claire Anderson at (262) 898-2588.

Are children allowed?

 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. 

May I bring my pet?

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

Do you have a healthcare professional on staff on site?

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

What is Siena’s smoking policy?

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.