Contemplative Retreat for Women

Sunday, July 7 to Saturday, July 13, 2024
Facilitator(s): Deborah DeManno, Jomarie Zielke, CSA, Linda Wieser, OSF, Patti Essig, Rev. Barbara Cathey


Contemplative Retreat For Women Website


The Wisdom of the Universe moves through time and finds vitality in the many spiritual traditions of our day. Wisdom awakens us to the world around us and brings a deep ecological consciousness and the knowledge of our relationship with the cosmos.

This silent retreat for women will call together wisdom from many of the world’s spiritual resources to renew, enrich, and inspire us to be an awakened people in a world that needs our love and action.

Grounded in the emerging cosmology that integrates science and spirituality, this retreat is a week of inner exploration through one-on-one spiritual guidance, ritual and reflection, embodied prayer and time for reflection.

During registration you will be asked to indicate your first and second preference for the spiritual guide who will accompany you throughout the retreat. We do our very best to honor these preferences. If we are unable to place you with your first or second choice, a staff member of the retreat center will reach out to you.

Sunday, July 7, to Saturday, July 13, 2024
The retreat begins on Sunday at 3:30pm and concludes with the mid-day meal on Saturday.
Cost of $775 (includes $150 non-refundable deposit, spiritual guidance appointments, overnight accommodations and meals)

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button above, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center.” Payment must be received to complete registration.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for our cancellation policies and other helpful information.

About the Facilitators

Deborah DeManno

Deborah DeManno is a spiritual guide, retreat facilitator, amateur photographer, and retired research scientist with a PhD in biology. She is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program.

Jomarie Zielke, CSA

Jomarie Zielke, CSA, is a sister of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Her background includes nursing education and clinical nursing, including maternal/child care in Nicaragua. Jomarie is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. She assisted in starting one-on-one spirituality services at CORE-el Centro, a non-profit organization offering affordable wellness services in Spanish and English in Milwaukee. Jomarie has also served in leadership roles in her religious community.

Linda Wieser, OSF

Linda Wieser, OSF, is a holistic body therapist, spiritual guide, and Certified Personal Life Coach who focuses on the whole person, integrating the healing of body, mind, spirit, and emotions. She holds a master’s degree from Creighton University. Linda has a waiting list.

Patti Essig

Patti Essig is a spiritual guide, yoga instructor, and Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. She operates Yoga Energy Studio and is a practitioner of Soaring Crane QiGong.

Rev. Barbara Cathey

Rev. Barbara Cathey has a background in social work and spiritual guidance. She holds a Doctorate in Ministry from McCormick Seminary and is a retired Presbyterian Pastor. Barb currently has a waiting list for this retreat.