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Bookstore

The bookstore features a variety of books on contemporary spirituality by such authors as Paula D’Arcy, Joyce Rupp, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Pema Chodron, and James Martin

Hand-crafted jewelry and weavings from S. Kathleen, turned wooden bowls from Jerry Rupp, and Earth Prayer beads from the Sisters of Green Mountain Monastery make unique gifts.  CD music encompasses instrumental, chants, Native American flute and drum music, music for relaxation and music from artists ranging from Marty Haugen and Dan Schutte to Peter Mayer and Sara Thomsen.

 Siena Retreat Center’s international selections include Holy Land Stone keepsakes from Jerusalem, millefiori necklaces from Italy, and singing bowls from Nepal.  Siena also offers fair trade items such as chocolate and woven and beaded articles from Mayaworks.

Advent Reflection books and Christmas cards are here.

- Christmas cards and calendars by S. Doris Klein, CSA, of Milwaukee, WI.  Doris says about her Mystical Moments series, " These original photographs were digitally painted on my iPad to enhance and release the Mystical presence of Divine Light and Energy. The fluidity of form and the movement within and around nature invites us to engage more deeply with Life."

- Christmas cards from Syracuse Cultural Workers. Their mission is to nourish communities that honor diversity and creative expression, and inspire movements for justice, equality and liberation while respecting our Earth and all its beings.

Here are a few suggestions of Christmas gifts, all available in the Siena Retreat Center bookstore.
We want to express how appreciative we are of those of you who purchase items in the Siena Retreat Center bookstore.   You purchase helps to support our programming.  If you still read “real” books but can’t make it to Siena, we encourage you to visit your local brick-and-mortar bookstore.

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown.  If you know anyone who is a leader or who should be a leader, this book would be an excellent choice.  With recommendations from the president of Pixar and Disney Animation, a Brigadier General in the US Air Force, the founder of the Me Too movement, this book is definitely praise-worthy.

Anchors for the Soul by Joyce Rupp. If you have ever attended one of Joyce’s retreats or presentations, you might join me in wishing you could have a phone call from Joyce every day that would calm, motivate and/or inspire you.  Anchors for the Soul does just that- providing an excerpt from one of Joyce’s wonderful books for each day of the year.  A great gift for a friend (or for yourself).

A Cry Is Heard: My Path to Peace by Jean Vanier. Renowned philosopher, writer and humanist Jean Vanier has been a progressive advocate for marginalized people in society for over five decades.  He was awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize for his innovative understanding of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and humane society. In these times, where we see dissent and violence all around, Vanier reaches out with a book that is inspiriting and offers a path to unity and peace.

Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and Friends. One day at prayer, Pope Francis was inspired to share the wisdom of elders.  This book relates the stories from elders across over 30 countries. One elder, Bernard Njagi Mugwetwa, a basket weaver in Kenya, shares his wisdom, “I am blind, but the eyes of my soul see the beauty around me.” The elders highlighted in this book share wisdom, beauty and humor. As a coffee-table size book with lots of gorgeous color photos, it’s a “good deal” at $30.

If you are looking for a unique artistic creation as a gift, here are some options.

- A singing bowl; we just received a new shipment from Nepal.  Each bowl comes with a cushion and striker.

- S. Kathleen's weavings and jewelry. S Kathleen Bohn, OP, helped found and lives at the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center.

- innerSpirit Rattles, fired clay rattle crafted in Alpine, TX by J Davis Studios. The artists suggest “Use your innerSpirit Rattle to rattle your worries away, or just to keep your papers from blowing astray. Raku and earthenware designs, each with their own meaningful story.”

- Hand-turned wooden bowls by Jerry Rupp, LaFayette, IL.  Jerry is the brother of author and retreat leader Joyce Rupp.  A special poem of Joyce's comes with each bowl.

- Hearthkeeper ceramic sculptures by S. Kathryn Knoll, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and Director of the Sophia Center, Newport, OR.  S. Kathryn’s creations “seek to inspire, encourage and celebrate all this is good about our earthly sojourn and our search for meaning and insight into the mysteries of life.”

These artists create not only with great talent and expertise but also with great heart and spirit.

For more information, call 262-898-2590 or e-mail retreats@racinedominicans.org


Outdoor labyrinth

Outdoor Labyrinth

" We are not human beings on a spiritual path. We are spiritual beings on a human path. "
-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in religious traditions in various forms around the world.  By walking the labyrinth we are discovering a long forgotten mystical tradition.

A Cretan-style, 7-circuit labyrinth, overlooking Lake Michigan, graces our outdoor environment.  The Cretan labyrinth has been found on the isle of Crete, and was walked as a symbol of the spiritual journey as far back as 2600 BC.

Siena Retreat Center also has an indoor 11-circuit, Chartres labyrinth.  The Chartres design originated in Roman times and was also built into the marble floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France in the 1200's AD. 

For more information on walking this ancient meditation tool, please contact Sister Kathleen Bohn, OP, at (262) 898-2581.  S. Kathleen Bohn has take the labyrinth facilitator training from Lauren Artress.

Meeting Rooms

Siena Retreat Center's meeting room space aims to combine practicality with a warm, inviting, and calming ambience.  Meeting rooms are set to meet your needs--auditorium style, large rectangular tables with chairs, or round tables with chairs.

Siena Retreat Center staff will determine which meeting room will be assigned to your group. 

Please contact Sr. Dolores for additional information on rooms to meet your needs. 

bedroom

Bedroom Floors

Our 67 bedrooms each have a private bathroom (with a shower) and are accessible by elevator.  Linens are provided.  A small number of bedrooms are ADA accessible.  Each bedroom has adjustable temperature settings.

Each floor has a washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, and a sitting room with a "book nook."

We ask that silence be kept on the bedroom floors to ensure a contemplative environment.