Transformation for our Times

Six Wednesdays: June 12 & 19; July 10, & 24; and August 7 & 14, 2024
Facilitator(s): Annette "Jo" Giarrante, Cindy Ulrich, Julie Filipic, Rita Lui, OP


Transformationforourtimes Website (400 X 250 Px)


Meaningful connections with others is an important component of spiritual growth. In this cohort-based six-session series, a team of leaders will guide participants in deeper exploration of topics with contemporary spirituality.

Topics include:

  • Spirituality
  • The Universe Story
  • The God Story
  • Life Transitions and Transformation
  • Global Justice
  • Invitations to Love

The format of the day will include opening and closing prayer, presentations from guest presenters, time for personal reflection, and small and large group sharing.
To make this a deep and rich experience, participants are asked to:

  • Commit to attending all 6 sessions
  • Complete required readings which will include one book prior to the program’s start and various articles given throughout the program in preparation for specific topics
  • Receive monthly spiritual guidance sessions in June, July, and August. (We can assist you in finding a spiritual guide. You will pay the guide directly – around $50/session – and is not included in the cost of the program.)
  • Keep a journal for the duration of the program
  • Create practices, rituals, or habits for yourself that will complement your learnings and create opportunities for your own inner awareness and transformation (ex: walks in nature, quiet time/mediation, centering prayer, social justice outreach)
  • Complete a 2-3 page reflection paper at the end of the program

This series runs for six Wednesdays: June 12, 19; July 10, 24; and August 7, 14, 2024
9:00am – 3:30pm
Cost of $700 includes $150 non-refundable deposit, program, and lunch at each session.

Please note: Books and spiritual direction throughout the program are additional costs.
Partial scholarships are available. Please inquire by contacting Claire at [email protected].

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

Annette Annette "Jo" Giarrante

Jo has a private practice in spiritual direction and life coaching. She offers retreats, workshops, and seminars on topics related to spiritual development, spirituality, spiritual direction, supervision, communication skills /conflict management, and inner work skills. Since her heart transplant in 2007, Jo has acquired an interest in the connection between the spiritual and biological dimensions of the heart. She serves on the training staff of the Spiritual Guidance Training Program here at the Siena Retreat Center and has been training spiritual guides for almost 30 years.

Cindy UlrichCindy Ulrich

Cindy Ulrich is a spiritual director who received her training from the Spiritual Guidance Training Program at the Siena Retreat Center. She is a spiritual companion to young adults and community members at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. She understands the Holy as Mystery and has taken an interest in the connection of wonder and curiosity in the unfolding of the interior spiritual journey. Cindy has a background in education and spirituality through the arts.

Julie FilipicJulie Filipic

Julie Filipic is a spiritual director, supervisor, and natural dreamwork practitioner. She brings the gifts of intuitive, deep listening and a compassionate presence to those who wish to discover the sacred in their lives and to feel and trust the wonder of their own inner wisdom. By being present with and reconnecting to feelings that come alive from deep within, especially in dreams, we experience greater clarity and freedom. As you step into your dreams you will be invited to remember parts of yourself you may have forgotten, reconnect with your soul, and grow into who you were created to be. Julie offers sessions in Spiritual Direction, Supervision and Dreamwork.

Rita Lui, OPRita Lui, OP

Racine Dominican Sister Rita Lui, OP, is the co-founder of Siena Retreat Center's Spiritual Guidance Training Program and served as the Director of Siena Retreat Center for over 20 years. She has a background in education and spirituality.