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.

Here and now! What and how?
a short reflection by Lynn

How aware are you of what’s happening right here and now where the Divine Spirit dwells? How do you enter into life’s great adventure and face each day with availability, compassion, and gratitude? Do you let yourself venture into the every-day-ness you see on the bus, over-hear in the check-out line, read on your email, or listen to on your smart phone or radio?Are you a part of life - or apart from life? Through our upcoming programs, classes, and retreats, Wisdom’s Well invites you into the "here and now of life"! We hope you'll join us.

New FALL Series Starts TUESDAY SEPT 23
Register by Tuesday Sept 16th

coffe cupsBeing Faith-filled Citizens
four sessions based on Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy

In a democracy, there’s always another election coming up, but a citizen is more than a voter. Being a faith-filled citizen is a way-of-being a participant in the on-going process of speaking out and listening up with honesty and respect. How can we gather heart-to-heart, even if we don’t see eye-to-eye? Come and see!

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

Daytime classes will continue this Fall
New... Evening class will begin at the end of August

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

new members welcome

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. 

Check out the book we use

Booklet #1:  Entering the School of Your Experience

Dates: Mondays, Sept 8, 22, Oct 6, 20, 27, Nov 3, 17, Dec , 1, 2014

Booklet #5:  Traveling Your Road to Joy

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept 2, 16, 30, Oct 14, 28, Nov 18, Dec 2, 16, 2014

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

October 28 – 31, 2014

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 woodsOver the past two years, Wisdom’s Wellhas offered 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.

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

The Journey of Grief

Spiritual guides often encounter the face of grief in those who come to them.  Knowing the stages of grief, the emotions that often accompany grief, and having comfort in being with those who journey through grief are helpful tools for spiritual guides that we will explore.  A time to socialize will follow the presentation and discussion.

Date:  Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time:  7:00-8:30 pm
Facilitator:  Catherine Schneider
Location:  Catherine's Home Office, Verona (directions to be sent out)
Cost:  no fee for this event

To Register:  contact Beth O’Brien at OR  (608) 833-4118

"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
Location: Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI

Date and Time: Sunday, September 14, 2014; 10:30 am-5:30 pm
Location: Room 110, Retreat and Guest House, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M, Middleton, WI 53562

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Soul FriendsCeltic knot circle
Spiritual Companioning Circles allow us to walk the spiritual journey with a small group. One such group has formed and is meeting monthly. If you are interested in being part of a new small group, contact Maureen or 608-257-1259
If you know people who would like to participate in this with you, please invite them.

Group size will be 3-5 ordinarily. Meeting time is negotiable, based on participants' calendars. Length of meeting is two hours. These are being facilitated by Maureen and Trisha Day.
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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