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UW Health SMPH
American Family Children's Hospital

Living a More Contemplative Way of Life

From 7:30pm on April 16, 2010 to noon on April 18, 2010

The Christine Center, W8303 Mann Road, Willard, Wisconsin


Contact Liz at The Christine Center at (715) 267-7507. The retreat tuition is $185. A $100 deposit is non-refundable unless space can be filled from waitlist.


James Finley, PhD: Dr. Finley lived as a monk at the Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. James Finley leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, attracting people from all traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in Santa Monica, California. He is the author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.

Join the UW Health Mindfulness and Integrative Medicine programs in exploring ways to integrate more ease, balance and healing in the midst of living in today's world. This silent retreat is devoted to reflecting on how it is possible to engage in life and be a healing presence in the world in the midst of challenges, stresses and suffering.


Emphasis will be given to the practical day-to-dayways in which we can cultivate habitual contemplative awareness of the beauty, mystery and oneness of life. Time will be given for group meditation, personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented.


Topics include:

  • What does it mean to live a contemplative life?
  • Meditation as a way of fostering the¸transformations of our mind, heart and life
  • Discerning that which hinders and that which enhances our ongoing self-transformation
  • Compassion, passing on the gift, becoming a healing presence in the midst of the world
  • Cultivating psychological and spiritualfulfillment

The conference will draw from poetry, classical literature of Christian and Buddhist traditions, philosophy and western psychology.


Housing/meals: $134-$214, depending on accommodation selected (Friday/Saturday night lodging and six meals from Friday evening through Sunday brunch). A variety of shared accommodations are available. Housing ranges from rustic (no indoor plumbing) to modern (indoor plumbing) hermitages. The main building offers double occupancy rooms with a private bathroom. Single room availability is limited. Vegetarian meals are provided.