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Our Facilities

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 has a variety of framed and unframed prints, including that of "The Last Supper" by Bodhan Piasecki.

Your purchase  at Siena Retreat Center bookstore helps support:

- Family farmers in Ghana who supply Divine chocolate;
- Children in need through Never Lose Hope bracelets;
- Orphans and vulnerable children in Africa as well as local artisans who craft Ornaments for Orphans -100% of profits are invested back in the communities in which they work;
- Women artists, women-owned businesses and small communities in Nepal who create singing bowls sold by the organization Nepacrafts;
- Organic cotton farmers who supply Maggie's socks;
- Women survivors of violence, abuse, exploitation and/or substance addiction who create handmade bar soap sold by the organization Gifts for the Journey;
-Women survivors of genocide in Rwanda who create gorgeous quality baskets through Kwizera Ministries;
...and programming at Siena Retreat Center.

Special Sale: 50% off all Brush Dance cards

We want to express how appreciative we are of those of you who purchase items in the Siena Retreat Center bookstore.   Your 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.

New in the bookstore-

Insulated coffee cups with lids.  Each cup has an inspirational message.

From Monastery Kitchens- Prayerful Pretzels and Hildegard Crunch.

- Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety, Henri Nouwen.  Though he died over 20 years ago, Nouwen is still relevant in this never-before-published work as he offers a compelling case for why Christianity is still relevant.

- Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown.  Wisdom in the face of planetary suffering.

- The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity, Center for Courage & Renewal and Shelly Francis. A guide to leadership that shows how to draw upon your courage in all you do. This book has its roots in the work of Parker Palmer.

- When the Disciple Comes of Age: Christian Identity in the 21st Century, Diarmuid O'Murchu. For those familiar with O'Murchu's works or who have attended his retreats at Siena, this book brings together his thoughts on an evolving spirituality.

- A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, Terry Patten. Another visionary book looking at radical whole-system change- environment, economy, politics and culture.

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.

- New  : Shaped and smooth like a water-worn stone, each piece of bamboo has an inspirational word such as "Believe," "Faith," "Hope," etc.

- Singing bowls from NepaCrafts.  Nepacrafts is committed to empowering women artists and businesses and uplifting the lives of Nepalese & Tibetan artistans and promoting their creations across the globe.  Their products are ethically sourced, eco-friendly, fair traded.

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.