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

 

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Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5, 2023

Freedom From The Past

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

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

How do the Steps lead us to Freedom from the past? From harms done to me? From Hurts I’ve caused others. 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. During this weekend we will explore the Freedom to forgive ourselves and others, and grow into the person we are meant to become.

Registration: $275/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, March 24 – Sunday, March 26

The Root of Addiction

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

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

The disease of addiction can feel very confusing. What causes it? What’s at the center? Is it nature or nurture? We can spend a lot of time trying to figure it out, but, regardless of the cause, the real question becomes: is there a way to work free of my past and repair the damage my addiction has caused? Recovery empowers us to make a decision – either to stop doing something or to start doing something. This weekend retreat will focus on discovering the answer to the question of “What’s your decision?”

Registration: $275/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 28 – Sunday, July 30

One Teacher

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

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

There are many names, as well as personal conceptions, of each of our Higher Powers. As we watch how this Power manifests in creation, we witness that Life is the Teacher. As our lives unfold before us, sometimes we wonder “why is this happening to me?” A better question might be “what is this person, situation, or circumstance trying to show or teach me?” This weekend will focus on embracing that shift in perception, to realize that it’s all a gift!

Registration: $275/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, August 25 – Sunday, August 27

The Spirituality of Imperfection

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

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

We do not have to be perfect to be enough. We do not need to be faultless to embark on a Spiritual Journey. We often start out feeling broken, beaten, and confused. Recovery is about embracing Grace and Mercy. Our job is to reach out – and to start taking the steps on the path that leads to a new life, following the instructions to the best of our ability! Together during this weekend, we will start wherever we are to make a beginning – or to start a new beginning!

Registration: $275/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, Sept 29 – Sunday, Oct 01

SoughtThrough Prayer & Meditation

An 11th Step retreat with Sherry Gaugler-Stewart.

(check-in from 4-5:30PM on Friday; check-out 1:00pm 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: $275/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, Oct 27 – Sunday, Oct 29

Writing Your Recovery

A Weekend to Explore Your Story.

(check-in from 4-5:30PM on Friday; 1:00pm check-out on Sunday)

Discover ways 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: $275/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 01 – Sunday, December 03

Reinventing Ourselves

A weekend retreat with Roger B.

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

You can’t change what you don’t know. It takes real courage to look at the truth about ourselves. Old fears and shame-based thinking can often stand in our way. It can be overwhelming to consider new conceptions, ideas, and emotions – but the path is tried and true. The 12 Steps, prayer, and meditation help to transform our fears. And we don’t have to do any of this alone. This weekend will be an opportunity to embrace new ways of being, and connecting with others to allow for mutual support in the process!

Registration: $275/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.

All dates above are in 2023 if not otherwise specified.

 

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