We offer private retreats of any length anytime during the year at the Franciscan Spirituality Center or at our hermitages located in St. Joseph, Wisconsin, about a 20 minute drive from La Crosse, depending on the availability of rooms.
Each of our bedrooms has a twin or full bed, an easy chair, an easy desk, and a desk and chair. Bath and bed linens are provided. Complimentary coffee, tea and WiFi are available in our Sophia Bookstore, and we have a lovely lending library awaiting your discovery.
Each hermitage is a one-room cottage with all the modern conveniences: electricity,, electric heat, electric fireplace, water, bathroom, shower, stove, refrigerator, microwave, CD/tape player and phone for emergency. Furnishings include a twin bed, an easy chair, and a small table and chair. Towels and bed linens are provided. Guests are asked to bring their own toiletries and food. Meals are prepared by you.
Do you desire time alone to pray and reflect using your own spiritual resources? Private retreats allow you to enjoy a comfortable guest room and meals in the quiet areas of the Spirituality Center or the solitude of the Hermitage. You may schedule private retreats any time throughout the year. Overnight stays in the Guest House cost $60 per night (including three meals), or $50 per night (breakfast only). Double occupancy in the Guest House is $95 (including three meals) and $75 (breakfast only).
Two hermitages are available if you seek the solitude and peace of the woods. Each Hermitage has radiant floor heat and bath and kitchen facilities. Since the Hermitages are solar powered, the electrical outlets do not accommodate appliances like hair dryers or computers. Bring food for your stay, though staples are provided. Overnight stays in the Hermitage (single occupancy only) cost $50 per night (you provide your own food, minimum two overnights required).
Day Stay/Day of Prayer
Come for a day of quiet and personal prayer. You will enjoy a room at the Guest House to use for rest and relaxation during this day stay. If desired, arrangements can be made for you to meet with a spiritual director or holistic health practitioner. Day Stays are available for $26 (including room and lunch) or $20 (room only).
Privately directed retreats of any length are offered anytime during the year. The Francis Hermitage Room is available on a first-come, first-reserved basis.This quiet, corner room, located on the top floor of our center, features a queen size bed, an air conditioner, a refrigerator, cable TV, two seating areas, a desk and Wi-Fi access. It is located next to a bathroom and a kitchenette area with a microwave is available on this floor.
Donation for daytime use, $37 for overnight. (Reservations for retreat directors to stay in the Francis Room supersede all others.) If the Francis Room is booked, accommodations are usually available in another room in the Center. Meals may be available at an additional cost.
Spiritual direction can be arranged at $30 per session or individuals may prefer to spend their time in solitude.
Days of Personal Reflection
Come spend a day at the Mound, which is “a place where the Spirit dwells.” We offer you solitude, a room of your own, good food, and sacred space in which to pray, walk, think, and relax.
For those who wish to spend time alone to pray, reflect, think, or write. Spend a couple of days or arrange a longer stay.