December Retreat 2022

Entering the Mystical Mandala: Centering Oneself in the Sacred Circle

  • Starts Dec 8
  • 432 US dollars
  • Siena Retreat Center

Available spots

Event Description

This retreat will explore the universal symbol of the sacred circle known as the “mandala” and why we are naturally drawn to this sacred shape. Together we will experience how and why entering the process of creating and working with mandalas fosters physical, psychological and spiritual grounding in our lives. Attendees will be invited to create four mandalas as part of the retreat. The retreat will include opportunities for art sharing where participants can process their experience in creating their mandala art. No previous art ability is needed to participate in this retreat. Everyone, experienced artist or not, will benefit from attending and creating. Basic art supplies will be offered to each participant, but you are free to bring your own favorite art-making supplies as well. Mandala creating and conferences will be surrounded by the gift of silence as well as regularly scheduled group Centering Prayer sessions. Do not be afraid to meet your spiritual inner artist. All are welcome! PRESENTER The Rev. Dr. Shawn Kafader is an ordained non-denominational clergyperson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified Expressive Arts Therapist, certified Art4Healing® Facilitator, trained SoulCollage® Facilitator, and Artist. He is a commissioned workshop presenter with Contemplative Outreach having offered workshops and retreats both in-person and on-line. Mandala art has been Shawn's main art-making form for over thirty years. You can learn more about Shawn and his mandala art by visiting: SCHEDULE: Retreat begins with evening meal at 5:30pm on Thursday and ends after 12 noon lunch on Sunday. Registration opens at 2:30 pm on Thursday December 8 in the lobby of the retreat center. Optional centering prayer session on Thursday at 4:45pm. Contact Ann Koerner at:; 262-282-8622 PAY BY CHECK Make checks payable to: COSEW $100 Deposit, due by Nov. 23 (nonrefundable) $315 Balance is due by Dec. 1 Or $415 Full payment ($100 is nonrefundable) Send to: Center for Contemplative Living, 890 Elm Grove Road, Village Court, Building 1, #105, Elm Grove, WI 53122 PAY ONLINE BY CREDIT CARD (service fee applies) $432 Full payment Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please submit a request. Scholarship Fund: For anyone who is able, donations to the COSEW Scholarship Fund are welcome. Contact Ann Koerner

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

COSEW/CCL General Policy for Cancellations/Refunds: The amount paid for a workshop/class may be applied to a future workshop/class or applied to COSEW as a tax-deductible donation. Retreats: The deposit for retreats is non-refundable. The remaining balance is refundable if cancelled at least 5 days before the beginning of the retreat.


  • Siena Retreat Center

    5637 Erie Street, Racine, WI, USA