Retreats at Prairie Farm

Spring Practice Period

The Spring 2018 Practice Period at Prairie Farm Retreat begins on the afternoon of Sunday, May 20th and ends midday on Monday, June 11th.

These regularly scheduled practice periods are open to practitioners who have sufficient experience to begin to develop independent practice skills and have taken the time to understand the practice period retreat structure. This will be a non-teacher-led, silent retreat. It is designed for people who have already begun their meditation practice and have attended previous teacher-led Buddhist meditation retreats or have an equivalent background.

An experienced practice leader will lead the practice period and will be available to support you during your stay. The practice leader is not expected to provide formal meditation instruction, but is there to facilitate the daily schedule and provide general support for your independent practice. The practice leader is also responsible for making final decisions about any concerns that may arise during your stay.

Prior to registering, please review the Practice Guidelines and Important Information for Retreatants below. Consider whether you meet the criteria to benefit from this kind of retreat. If you have questions about whether these practice periods are right for you, please contact Mark Nunberg or Gail Iverson at

First priority will be given to those able to stay at least 3 nights. Minimum stay is 2 nights. Maximum stay is 7 nights. If possible, please register at least 4 days prior to your preferred arrival date. You are welcome to register at the last minute, but there is no guarantee that the registrar will be able to process your registration on short notice.

Practice Period Registration: You may register using the Practice Period Registration Form. Please refer to the availability calendar for currently available spots. Registrations are processed in the order they are received. It is possible available dates will have changed by the time your registration is processed. If so, you will be notified by the registrar.

Work Retreats

Letter from Cory, Renovations Taskmaster, from April 13, 2018:

Hello everyone, we are on our way to beginning construction. The plans have been submitted to the state, money greasing the wheels of bureaucracy, spring slowly bearing the winds of change, etc. etc.  I apologize to those who set aside time last summer to no avail, and am leery of setting firm dates yet this year, though quite certain of our impending success.
I’m looking at April 27th-May 3 for a work retreat, and possible continuation on the weekend of May 12-13th.  You can come and go as you please and I’ll stay on longer as needed if you wish to remain or your schedule allows for weekdays.
What will we do?
We’re going to remove all the metal cladding from the construction zone, all the existing framing from the meditation hall and tear down the woodshed. People of all experience levels welcomed.
Come prepared for mud and chilly weather.
Please let me know if you would like to prepare food ahead, or cook on-site.  Common Ground is willing to reimburse people for ingredients.
Here is a link to the registration page: Work Retreat Registration Form
Feel free to email me with any questions at  Regards, -Cory.

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.