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
  • Jake Klisivitch, Men’s Recovery
  • Jack Odom, 55PLUS Recovery

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Friday, March 26 – Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Religion of Self Reliance

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

(check-in from 4-5:30PM on Friday; check-out at Noon on Sunday)

We are raised in a “make it happen” culture. The messaging is “you can have anything you want, if you're willing to work hard and sacrifice”. Anything less than complete success is considered complete failure. We need to find a way around (and through!) this shame-based and fear-inducing conditioning. It is impossible to create a satisfying life experience when you always feel that you need more! This weekend we will explore the alternatives to this way of thinking.

Registration: $255/person includes lodging, food & materials. Scholarship funds are available. Space is limited.

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

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Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25, 2021

I Am NOT What You Think of Me

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

(check-in from 4-5:30PM on Friday; check-out at Noon on Sunday)

When asking the question “who am I?”, consider it carefully. We often find that we are who we were told we were. Our parents modeled male/female roles, and from a young age we are told how a “good” boy or girl behaves. Their beliefs often became our beliefs: how a relationship should be, our religion - or lack of it, what we should like, what was acceptable or unacceptable. Many of us were left wondering “Is this good enough?” and “Do you love me now?” This weekend will be an opportunity to dissect these passed-along beliefs, and find our true identity.

Registration: $255/person includes lodging, food & materials. Scholarship funds are available. Space is limited.

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

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Friday, September 24 – Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sought through Prayer & Meditation: an 11th Step Retreat

A weekend retreat with Sherry Gaugler-Stewart

(check-in from 4-5:30PM on Friday; check-out at 1PM on Sunday)

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

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/person includes lodging, food & materials. Scholarship funds are available. Space is limited.

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

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Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31, 2021

Writing Your Recovery – a Weekend to Explore Your Story

A weekend retreat with Jake Klisivitch

(check-in from 4-5:30PM on Friday; check-out at 1PM on Sunday)

Overcome your challenges to unearth and effectively express your story with the help of an editor with over twenty years, and millions of words, of experience.

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. This retreat will point the way towards a richer memoir, one that can provide experience, strength and hope not just to you, but to others as well.

Registration: $255/person includes lodging, food & materials. Scholarship funds are available. Space is limited.

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

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Friday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28, 2021

Recovery is a Process, Not an Event

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

(check-in from 4-5:30PM on Friday; check-out at Noon on Sunday)

We want compliance and conformity to be enough. When we are struggling, we often think “I did everything you told me - went to meetings, got a home group, found a sponsor, did my Steps - and I’m not satisfied!” Is it possible that the outside changed, and we hardly touched the inside? Recovery is an inside-out process! When the inside is transformed the outside automatically changes. During this weekend, we will look at the obstacles that stand in our way, and find a path to change.

Registration: $255/person includes lodging, food & materials. Scholarship funds are available. Space is limited.

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

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Friday, December 31, 2021 – Sunday, January 2, 2022

The Ties that Bind

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

(check-in from 4-5:30PM on Friday; check-out at Noon on Sunday)

The Greek definition of religion means “to bind together.” For us, the questions in Steps 4 - 7 consider “what are we tied/bound to?” We find a myriad of answers: resentment, shame, fear, distrust, our story, our drama, our trauma, our history. When we go through the recovery process, eventually we have to take it ALL through the Steps. We find resistance when we are afraid of what will happen when God, or our Higher Power, removes our attachment to these things. Our biggest challenge is to be honest about what is standing between us and God.

Registration: $255/person includes lodging, food & materials. Scholarship funds are available. Space is limited.

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Chris at cnehotte@theretreat.org or Sherry at sgaugler-stewart@theretreat.org, or call us at 952.476.0566.

 

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