Retreats at Prairie Farm

Work Retreats

Looking for Volunteers to Help with Construction at Prairie Farm Retreat 
The demolition phase of the renovations at our retreat property is over and we are moving into the building phase. We could use the help of anyone interested! You don’t need to have experience; Cory Clemetson, our renovations manager (and dedicated Common Ground community member), is happy to teach you. We just ask that you have health insurance.
Working at Prairie Farm is integrated with mindfulness throughout, and there are three formal sits a day. In addition to people willing to do construction, cooks would also be helpful. Here are the dates Cory will be out there:
Monday, September 10- Friday, September 14
Monday, September 17- Thursday, September 27
Wednesday, October 3rd – Friday, October 5th
Monday, October 8th – Friday, October 12th
Please let Cory know if you would like to go out:
Thanks for your support of our retreat home! The renovations will make it more beautiful, functional, and spacious for more community members to go out and practice. To read more about the renovation plans, click here.

We welcome anyone who wishes to cook either at the land or by cooking meals and freezing them. Here’s a link to the CG recipe page.

There isn’t cell coverage out there, the number is: 715 455 4000

If you would like to volunteer, please check in with Cory by sending him an email at and then register here (so we have your emergency contact information and your liability waiver).

If you would like to learn about upcoming work retreats and other opportunities to help out at Prairie Farm, email and ask to be added to the Prairie Farm Volunteers email list.

Individual & Group Retreats

To request an individual or group retreat outside of the scheduled seasonal practice periods, please email Such retreats are limited to experienced practitioners and groups organized by experienced leaders. Once approved, or if you are part of an approved group, please register using the Individual & Group Retreat Registration Form.

Important Information for Retreatants

Prior to your retreat at Prairie Farm, please review all the guidelines, checklists, and information below. This will provide you with most of what you will need to prepare for your retreat as well as give you an idea of what to expect, and what will be expected of you. After reviewing this information, please direct any questions to

Guidelines: The Practice Guidelines include the basic trainings and precepts, the daily retreat schedule, and information about noble silence, mindful service jobs, and other aspects of practice at Prairie Farm.

Checklists: The retreat checklists include practical details about what to bring, food & kitchen, housekeeping, and the opening/closing and maintenance of the property.

Directions: The property is located at E2572 1450th Ave, Prairie Farm, WI 54762. Please print the Map and Directions to take with you. Routing apps such as Google Maps may include roads that are challenging in poor conditions.

Feedback: After your retreat, please fill out the Feedback Form. We appreciate and carefully review feedback from all who have stayed at the retreat property.

Donate NowGenerosity: Support the continuation of this beautiful retreat facility! Click the donate button and be sure to type “Prairie Farm” in the “designate your gift” field that will appear on the final confirmation page.

Just Do It! (Meditation Instructions from Ajahn Chah)

The Practice of Leaving a Retreat: An article from Gil Fronsdal with suggestions on how to practice when leaving a retreat, and a talk and q&a with Deborah Ratner Helzer and Mark Nunberg.