Transformation for our Times

4 Sundays: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 16, April 6; and weekend of May 9-May 10
Facilitator(s): Annette "Jo" Giarrante, Cindy Ulrich, Julie Filipic, Rita Lui, OP


transformation for our times spiritual retreat in racine, wisconsin


“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves… the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”   Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps you no longer find meaning in what you once believed, but are unable to articulate where you are being drawn. Maybe you are experiencing significant moments and yearning to explore them more deeply. We invite you to become part of a community of spiritual seekers as we grow together in discovering what is true deep within ourselves, to trust what we know, and to freely express what arises.  Are you curious about a new way of being in relationship with the Sacred and the world – within, around, and beyond you? Together we will live into these questions as we embrace Mystery. People of any or no religious affiliation are welcome.

Transformation for Our Times is an invitation to:
  • Explore what is spirituality
  • Discover an expanded worldview
  • Embrace Holy Mystery
  • Reflect on the Life within Transitions
  • Attend to global justice
  • Live into the depths of Love
  • Four Sunday sessions and one weekend retreat
  • Preparatory articles given throughout program and one book prior to start
  • Written self-reflection of 2-3 pages near conclusion of program
  • At least three spiritual guidance sessions with a spiritual guide
Throughout the program you are encouraged to:
  • engage in practices and rituals that will complement your learning and create opportunities for your inner awareness and transformation (e.g. journal-keeping, walks in nature, quiet time/meditation, centering prayer, community service or social justice work)
  • 4 Sundays in 2025, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, April 6
  • Weekend of Friday, May 9 starting at 2:00 p.m. through Saturday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m.

$750: Includes noon meal on Sunday sessions and overnight accommodations and three meals for weekend retreat. Books and spiritual direction costs are separate. Limited scholarships available: write Claire Anderson at [email protected]

Register by January 15, 2025

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.