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


Retreat Description
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 personal reflection. Each day includes morning and evening presentations by the retreat facilitator. Music and brief dialogue are frequent components of these group sessions. There are also opportunities for yoga and body prayer. Silence is expected throughout the retreat with the exceptions of one-on-one spiritual guidance sessions, the first meal and closing meal, and the facilitated group presentations.

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.

Registration Information
During registration you will be prompted 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.

You may register and pay online by clicking the “Register Here” 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.

Partial scholarships are available to aid in making retreat participation possible. Please contact Claire Anderson at [email protected] or call (262) 898-2588 for more information.

About the Facilitators

Deborah DeMannoDeborah 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, CSAJomarie 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, OSFLinda 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 currently has a waiting list for this retreat.

Patti EssigPatti 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 CatheyRev. 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.