Retreats, Classes & Workshops Calendar


The calendar below lists all events supporting spiritual development which are held at The Retreat. We believe the development of the human spirit is critical to a successful and fulfilling life. All overnight retreats are held at The McIver Center for Family and Spiritual Development, which provides a nourishing and reflective environment that is designed to supports one’s spiritual journey.

Retreats, Classes, and Workshops sponsored by The Retreat are all lead by Retreat staff, who have extensive experience creating programming that allows others to deepen their spirituality. All presenters are actively engaged in 12 Step recovery.

Events are lead by the following:

  • Sherry Gaugler-Stewart, Director of Family and Spiritual Recovery
  •  Roger Bruner, Family and Spiritual Recovery
  • John MacDougall, Spiritual Care

For a list of current offerings, see the list below.

 

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Upcoming Events

   

Friday, December 28th – Sunday, December 30th, 2018

The Awakening

(Check-in from 4:00 p.m. –5:30 p.m. on Friday; Check-out 12:00 p.m. on Sunday)
 

A weekend retreat with Roger B. As our spiritual lives grow, we develop a conscious awareness. Instead of living in the past or future, we are fully engaged in the present. The more we evolve our spiritual practices of prayer, meditation and inventory, the more positive results we get. During this retreat, we will explore these ideas, and deepen our consciousness, together, as we move toward the beginning of a new year. 

Registration: $250, which includes lodging, food and materials. Scholarship funds are available. Complete the reverse side of flyer. Space is limited.

The McIver Center at The Retreat, 1351 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN

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Friday, January 25th – Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Spirituality for the Second Half of Life - A Retreat for Ages 55 Plus

(Check-in from 4:00 p.m. –5:30 p.m. on Friday; Check-out 1:00 p.m. on Sunday)
 

A weekend retreat with Dede Armstrong and friends. As we age, we gain wisdom, but also often focus on what we are losing or have lost. Sometimes fear takes over in a time of our life that can be rich and full. Based on Richard Rohr’s book, “Falling Upward”, we will spend a weekend looking at how we can embrace this next stage of our lives, and the special spirituality that comes with it. Through lessons from the book, connection with each other, and meditation, we will take time to experience the excitement of this stage together! 

Registration: $220 per person, which includes lodging, food, materials, and a copy of Richard Rohr’s book, “Falling Upward”. Scholarship funds are available.

The McIver Center at The Retreat, 1351 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN

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Friday, March 29th – Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Writing Your Recovery: A Weekend to Explore Your Story

(Check-in from 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. on Friday; Check-out at 1 PM on Sunday)
 
Overcome your challenges to unearth and effectively express your story with the help of an editor (Jake Klisivitch) and a writer (Ana Marie Cox) with over forty years and millions of words of experience between them. One of recovery’s primary texts suggests quite simply that we share “What we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now.” We will explore your story over the course of the weekend beginning with these guidelines, and from a variety of different angles using journaling, writing prompts, and other exercises.
 
Registration: $255, which includes lodging, food and materials. Scholarship funds are available. Complete the reverse side of flyer. Space is limited.

The McIver Center at The Retreat, 1351 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN

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Friday, April 26th – Sunday, April 28th, 2019

The Trap of the False Self 

(Check-in from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday; Check-out noon on Sunday)
 

A weekend retreat with Roger B.! During this weekend retreat, we will explore our False Self which is always concerned with the external. It’s always driven by the thoughts of “I am what I do. I am what I have. I am what you think of me.” - living in the illusion that we are separate from each other and from God. Where does that thinking come from? And what are some alternatives to this way of thinking? How do we evolve from living in an emptiness (that is never satisfied) as the result of trying to address an infinite need with a finite solution.

Registration: $255, which includes lodging, food and materials. Scholarship funds are available. Complete the reverse side of flyer. Space is limited.

The McIver Center at The Retreat, 1351 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN

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Friday, July 26th – Sunday, July 28th, 2019

The Gate Keepers: Love and Fear

(Check-in from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday; Check-out noon on Sunday)
 

A weekend retreat with Roger B.! During this weekend retreat, we will identify the two ultimate gate keepers: Love and Fear. Fear is the gate keeper for our addiction. Fear tells us “Don’t look at the truth”, Don’t try”, and “You don’t deserve anything better”. Love is the gate keeper for recovery and for our relationship with the God of our understanding. The only solution to conquering fear is with the assistance of a Higher Power.

Registration: $255, which includes lodging, food and materials. Scholarship funds are available. Complete the reverse side of flyer. Space is limited.

The McIver Center at The Retreat, 1351 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN

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Friday, September 27th – Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Sought Through Prayer and Meditation: An 11th Step Retreat

(Check-in from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday; Check-out at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday)
 
A weekend retreat with Sherry Gaugler-Stewart! Step 11 speaks of improving our conscious contact with our Higher Power, which isn’t easy to do if we don’t take time and space to intentionally focus on and strengthen that relationship. This retreat will be an opportunity to renew and deepen our commitment to this Relationship and our program by focusing on Step 11 – practicing prayer, meditation, and quiet reflection throughout the weekend.

Registration: $255, which includes lodging, food and materials. Scholarship funds are available. Complete the reverse side of flyer. Space is limited.

The McIver Center at The Retreat, 1351 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN

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Friday, October 25th – Sunday, October 27th , 2019

Keeping the Lights On

(Check-in from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday; Check-out at noon on Sunday)
 

A weekend retreat with Roger B.! Now that we’ve made some progress working the Steps, how do we keep it going? How do we keep growing? Exploration of steps 10-12 makes this possible. There is only ONE problem…our thoughts. Sometimes our thoughts tell us that since we are doing better than where we were previously, we don’t need to do anything further. What are the thoughts we currently have that separate us from the solution, recovery, and the Power?

Registration: $255, which includes lodging, food and materials. Scholarship funds are available. Complete the reverse side of flyer. Space is limited.

The McIver Center at The Retreat, 1351 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN

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Friday, December 27th– Sunday, December 29th, 2019

"Where Did ‘I’ Come From?”

(Check-in from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday; Check-out at noon on Sunday)
 

A weekend retreat with Roger B.! During this weekend retreat, we will explore the idea of “self”. Why am I the way I am? Why am I here? What is my purpose?Together we will gain a better understanding of where the “I” came from and we’ll transition into exploring how to build a resilient life with purpose, direction, value, and meaning. God makes this possible.

Registration: $255, which includes lodging, food and materials. Scholarship funds are available. Complete the reverse side of flyer. Space is limited.

The McIver Center at The Retreat, 1351 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN

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