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Bookstore

The Bookstore features a variety of resources for contemporary spirituality.

We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, and Saturdays, 8:30am-12:00noon.

Gift certificates are available by contacting:
Siena Retreat Center Bookstore
(262) 898-2590
retreats@racinedominicans.org

Handmade and Fair Trade Items

  • Hand-crafted jewelry, loom weavings, and baskets made by S. Kathleen
  • Turned wooden prayer bowls made by Jerry Rupp, with a prayer card by Joyce Rupp
  • Earth Prayer Beads from the Sisters of Green Mountain Monastery
  • Holy Land Stone keepsakes from Jerusalem
  • Fair Trade Divine Chocolate that benefits family farmers in Ghana
  • Ornaments for Orphans (supports vulnerable children in Africa)
  • Organic cotton socks by Maggie's Socks
  • Singing bowls from Nepal
  • Soaps and lotions from Gifts for the Journey benefiting women survivors of violence, abuse, and exploitation
  • Framed and unframed prints, including "The Last Supper" by Bodhan Piasecki
  • CDs including Native American flute music, relaxing instrumentals for meditation or massage, and popular artists such as Peter Mayer and Sara Thomsen
  • Insulated coffee cups with lids.  Each cup has an inspirational message.
  • InnerSpirit Rattles, fired clay rattles crafted in Alpine, TX, by J Davis Studios

Cards

  • 50% off all Brush Dance cards
  • Christmas cards from Printery House and S. Doris Klein
  • Cards by Anne
  • Ministry of the Arts (while they last)
  • and many others

Books

Popular authors include Paula D’Arcy, Joyce Rupp, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Pema Chodron, and James Martin. 
Topics include social and environmental justice, grief and aging, Christian mystics and prayer, Eastern spiritualities and Buddhism, spiritual direction, Centering Prayer, and more.

New titles include:

Our Time is Now 
by Stacey Abrams.
A book for our times, addressing voter suppression, challenges to democracy, citizen empowerment.  Extensively researched by Stacey Abrams, a New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and political leader.

How To Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Fleming
"It's a truth bomb and an unforgettable wake-up call for anyone wwho wants to see a brighter future." from cover.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
Mr. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson.
Dr. Dyson is Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and author of 19 books.  President Barack Obama states, "Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison."

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur.
The author is a civil rights activist, lawyer, filmmaker and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project.

The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder by Richard Rohr.
A universal pattern can be found in all societies. In this revised version of an earlier book, Fr. rohr illuminates the way understanding and embracing this pattern can give us hope in difficult times and the courage to push through messiness and even great chaos to find a new way of being in the world.

Earth: Our Original Monastery by Christine Valters Paintner.
The author invites you to begin the journey of contemplative living by focusing on the image of Earth as your original monastery. She explores monks, mystics and saints who have experienced the goodness of the Divine in nature and invites us to find solace and spiritual revelation in the wonder of God's creation.

Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin B. Curtice.
The author, a citizen of Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her Indigenous heritage and encourages us to embrace our own origins.

Poems of a Meandering Heart by Janet Ackerman, OP (Racine Dominican)
Sr. Janet states in her introduction "Birthing a poem can bring us into solidarity with the core of humanity as we share an expression of our common-ness. It allows for levels of interpretation as we connect it to our own life experiences." And so, Sr. Janet shares her heart and experiences over the years through verse.

Radical Joy  for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth's Broken Places by Trebbe Johnson.
In a world devatated by human interaction and natural disaster, creating art, ritual, and even joy in wounded places is essential to our collective healing.

For more information about Siena Retreat Center's Bookstore, 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 us at (262) 898-2590. 

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 Nikki 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. Several bedrooms have two twin beds or a queen-size bed.  Unless otherwise requested, each person is assigned a private bedroom.

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

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