Thu, Dec 09 | Siena Retreat Center

December Weekend Retreat 2021 (REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)

Unfolding the Advent Journey: waiting with those who first waited (from the prophets to Joseph, Mary and Jesus)
Registration is Closed: Please pray for the participants and facilitators. Thank you!
December Weekend Retreat 2021 (REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)

Time & Location

Dec 09, 2021, 5:30 PM CST – Dec 12, 2021, 12:00 PM CST
Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St, Racine, WI 53402, USA

About the Event

Theme: Unfolding the Advent Journey: waiting with those who first waited

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Shawn Kafader

Dates: December 9-12, 2021 (Thursday 5:30 pm until Sunday after lunch)

Place: Siena Retreat Center - Racine, Wisconsin

Advent is a season of waiting, listening, and watching for God to move in unexpected ways in our lives and world. This retreat will explore the familiar characters of the Advent story from a contemplative perspective. How can these people of old invite us into a deeper contemplative stance in our advent journey? Together we will look at the contemplative invitations of the prophets, angels, shepherds, sages, the innkeeper and Herod, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus as patterns for contemplative advent journey.


The Rev. Dr. Shawn Kafader is an ordained non-denominational Christian minister, Licensed Profession Clinical Counselor, Certified Expressive Arts Therapist and Certified Art for Healing Facilitator. Shawn has engaged in various contemplative practices for over 30 years. He is a commissioned presenter with Contemplative Outreach Ministries where he has offered workshops and extended retreats. Shawn has a background in music, art, healing prayer, and spiritual guidance. Shawn is a Reiki practitioner and plans to soon complete his Reiki Master and Reiki Master-Teacher certification.

Location: Siena Retreat Center, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The smoke-free facility includes private bedrooms with bath, an elevator to all floors and is accessible to persons with disabilities. (5637 Erie St., Racine, WI 53402, (262) 898-2590)

Schedule: Retreat begins with evening meal at 5:30pm on Thursday and ends after 12 noon lunch on Sunday. Registration opens at 2:30 pm on Thursday December 10 in the lobby of the retreat center. Optional centering prayer session on Thursday at 4:45pm.

Registration Information: (you are encouraged to register early because space is limited)

The fee is $375, includes private room, all meals, snacks, soul friending, and handout materials.

A $75 deposit is due by November 23. ($50 is nonrefundable)

The balance of the retreat fee ($300) is due by December 3, 2021.

Based on need, a limited amount of scholarship money is available. Please submit the reason for requesting a scholarship at time of registration.

For anyone who is able, donations to the COSEW Scholarship Fund are welcome.

- Register using this online option  ($387 to include Credit Card transaction fees)


- Register by mail ($375).  Print registration form found in the COSEW's website Retreats tab. Make checks payable to: COSEW

Send to: Center for Contemplative Living, 890 Elm Grove Road, Village Court, Building 1, #105, Elm Grove, WI 53122

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