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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.  We are anticipating welcoming back retreatants and visitors on August 1st .

Siena Retreat Center has put in place CDC (Center for Disease Control) protocols and guidelines to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Meeting rooms, common areas and bedrooms are being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized using the recommendations from the CDC.
  • We have increased the availability of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer throughout the building and encourage frequent use.
  • Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and elevator buttons are being disinfected regularly and sanitized using the recommendations from the CDC.
  • Spacing of chairs in the dining and meeting rooms are set up in accordance with CDC guidelines for 6 feet of social distancing.

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

  • If you are apprehensive about being in a building or meeting room with other people where we cannot guarantee your safety, we suggest waiting for a later date to make your retreat.
  • Take care of yourself and others by staying home if you have a fever (99.5 degrees F or higher), new shortness of breath or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days and have any symptoms yourself, or have returned from international travel or a cruise in the last 14 days. This is not a complete list of entry restrictions, questions or symptoms.  A complete list is in the attached health-screening questions document. (Note this is for information only.  Do not fill out as you will need to complete this form only once you arrive.)
  • Complete a health-screening questionnaire and get your temperature taken each day of your stay
  • Wear your facemask in all common spaces including lobby, hallways, elevator, restrooms and bookstore.
  • Cover your cough, sneeze or yawn with a tissue. If a tissue is not available cough, sneeze or yawn into your elbow.
  • Wash hands frequently throughout the day for at least 20 seconds
  • When hand washing is not available, use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will be available, but if you can, please bring your own.
  • Keep a distance of 6 feet away from others at all times

Individual questions may be directed to:  Jane Czarnezki at (262) 898-2591 or Claire Anderson at (262) 898-2588.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Siena Retreat Center.

What are the rates?

Group rates vary depending on length of retreat, the number of meals, etc., but generally one night and three meals = $94 per person (one meeting room included).

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

Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?

With advanced notice of 10-14 days, the central kitchen for the Siena campus is able to meet most dietary needs.  Advanced coordination is required so that we can best meet your specific needs.  Please contact Sr. Dolores at (262) 898-2580.  Group leaders are expected to coordinate with with group members so that their needs may be met as well.  Groups are not required to have meals through the Center, and individuals and groups may bring their own food.  Under all circumstances, arrangements must be coordinated in advance with Retreat Center staff. 

Will the Bookstore be open when my group is there?

Our outstanding bookstore is open during most business days (except holidays) from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, on Saturdays usually until 8:00 or 8:30 pm, and on many Sundays until 1:00 pm.  If you have a specific time in mind, please email us or call us at (262) 898-2590.

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. 

Do you provide transportation?

Please make your own arrangements for transportation if you are coming with another group.  If you are coming for one of the retreats sponsored by Siena Retreat Center, please contact us several days in advance to arrange a for pick-up at a local bus or train station.

How early or late may I check in?

Please arrive when your contract indicates so that we can be available for you.

Are linens provided?

Yes, bedding and towels are provided. Soap is provided, but please bring your own toiletries. A wash machine, dryer, iron, and ironing board are provided on both bedroom floors for your use.