2020 Retreats

Weekend December Retreat

Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon, December 10-13, 2020

Siena Retreat Center

5637 Erie St.

Racine, WI  53402

Unfolding the Advent Journey: waiting with those who first waited

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.




Ann Koerner, CSA

Commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer

Staffed retreats in WI

Experienced spiritual director

COSEW Coordinator 

Jill Nowlen

Commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer

Staffed retreats in WI (Intern)

Experienced spiritual director

Member of COSEW Leadership Team

Schedule:  Retreat begins with an evening meal at 5:30 pm 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 4:45 pm.

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, 2020.

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.


Print Flyer & Registration Form HERE. Make checks payable to COSEW and mail to:

Center for Contemplative Living 890 Elm Grove Rd., The Village Court, Building 1, #105, Elm Grove, WI 53122


Full payment: Register Online below. (Online payment adds a $12 credit card processing fee.)

For questions or additional information please contact Ann Koerner at 414-477-8430 or e-mail


December Weekend Retreat
Dec 10, 5:30 PM CST
Siena Retreat Center

Photos from the December 2019 Weekend Retreat

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