Wisdom's Well offers 2-4 hour presentations, full day workshops and overnight retreats. Events are offered at various locations in the Upper Midwest. Individual spiritual guidance is available from our experienced staff.

Wisdom's Well serves to support those who desire to grow spiritually, seek inner wisdom, and yearn for a transformative spirituality.

Grounded in the Christian tradition, while embracing the wisdom found in other religious traditions, we offer resources for the journey through spiritual guidance, educational programs, retreats, and the teaching of contemplative practices.

Our vision is to provide companionship for the spiritual journey, helping others live a balanced life of contemplation and action as members of our sacred Earth community.





Welcome to Wisdom's Well!  
We're glad you've found us on the Web---and we look forward to meeting  you in person at some of our upcoming programs, held at a variety of venues throughout the Madison area.

A message from Sister Lynn Lisbeth, OP

As the new year approaches, calendars turn over a new leaf & sometimes we do, too.
Recently I realized “it’s time” to resign from my position as one of Wisdom’s Well’s co-directors, effective Dec. 31, 2014.I joined the Wisdom’s Well staff in 2008. Over the past six years, I’ve been involved in a wide variety of programs, especially collaborating with various churches and co-presenters: a Busy Person’s retreat, our third Summer Evening: Merton by Heart, a pre-Parliament of the World’s Religions “Come to the Waters” and a Thomas Merton series. Recent years have included: Spiritual Longings and Belongings with Paula Hirschboeck, in the series Hard Times: Spiritual Opportunity - A Day Away and Aware: the Universe Story with Penny Andrews, Being and Belonging with Ann Marie Waterhouse, The Labyrinth Called Life - a four-part series at Madison Christian Community and First United Methodist, The Golden Rule: Compassion in Action
- a three-part series and this year, Being Faith-filled Citizens in the spirit of Parker Palmer.

I heartily support the spirit and mission of Wisdom’s Well and the work of Mo and Beth to nurture spirituality ministry here in the Madison area. Blessings on it all and on you all.”
With a loving, grateful heart,

Lynn Lisbeth, OP     608  285 – 5312

We are deeply appreciative of the six years of intentional, compassionate service that Sr. Lynn offered through her work at Wisdom's Well Spirituality Center.  Her wide range of offerings over the years allowed many people to explore and deepen their spirituality - connecting mind, body, and Spirit. 
Blessings to you, Lynn, in your new life ahead...

Sr. Maureen and Beth

Bridges to Contemplative Living
new group now forming.Fallling Upwards Book

Are you yearning for a contemplative space in the busyness of your daily life?  Come, join other seekers in reflective dialogue—a grounding point for living a life of contemplative awareness.

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Winter Groups 2015

Booklet #1:  Entering the School of Your Experience

Dates: Mondays, Jan 5, 19, Feb 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13     2015

Booklet #6:Writing Yourself Into the Book of Life

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 17, March 3, 17, 31, April 14    2015

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Placing Our Mind in Our Heart: Fall trees reflecting
An Introductory Wisdom School Part A

June 24 - 27, 2015

Only when the mind is “in the heart,” grounded and tethered in that deeper wellspring of spiritual awareness, is it possible to live the teachings of Jesus without hypocrisy or burnout.  The gospel requires a radical openness and compassion that are beyond the capacity of the anxious, fear-ridden ego.  
Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault

Following the Benedictine rhythm of ora et labora (prayer and work),this 4-day retreat will offer an introductory immersion into Wisdom Work.  Silence, small group teachings, instruction in spiritual practices, and group meditation will provide the framework to introduce retreatants to the Christian contemplative tradition. 

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Gathering the Guides

Path through Fall woodsAs an on-going piece of our ministry, Wisdom's Well offers bi-annual gatherings for those serving as Spiritual Guides (Directors) in Madison and the surrounding area. Our purpose in these gatherings is to offer on-going education as well as support for those who have been called to serve as Holy Listeners.  If you are currently serving as a Spiritual Guide, you are invited to join us at our next gathering.
Next Gathering will be in spring, 2015. Details coming soon.

Contact Beth O’Brien at OR  (608) 833-4118

Centering Prayer I, II & III Christian Meditation
as Transformative Practice lit Candle

Centering Prayer is a simple, meditative form of prayer with roots in the monastic and mystical traditions of the Christian faith. Based on the teachings and practices of Fr. Thomas Keating and Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, these series of 6 classes each will look to Christian meditation as a means of transforming consciousness.

Classes will begin again in January, 2015.
                              Register now to hold your place

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Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian / Without Sophia I Would Not be a Buddhist

Personal Interfaith Stories about Religious Identity and Practice

Speakers: Paul F. Knitter and Paula C. Hirschboeck
This Program will be offered again Saturday Feb.7 2015
Reserve the date

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Registration deadline for all events is one week before event begins, unless otherwise noted.  There is a 50% refund until the registration deadline, no refund after the deadline