Common Ground Retreat at Prairie Farm is a simple retreat property set in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. It serves the Common Ground community as a quiet, natural setting to support the calming of the mind and the deepening of insight. The property is located about 80 miles east of Common Ground in an area of small farms north of Menomonie, WI. Most of the 46 acres of land is wooded and hilly, the rest is open field. There are walking trails throughout the property. There is a fenced-in garden and a number of fruit trees. The main building was built by Amish farmers in the late 1980s. We are nearing the end of Phase 1 of our renovation of the property, which added new bedrooms and transformed a pole barn into a beautiful meditation hall. To see what the retreat center is looking like these days, you can watch this walkthrough video made by Steve Borden in January. There is also large barn built in 1989 and a sauna (both pictured here), and a storage shed.
The primary use of the center will be for Community Practice Periods. These provide an opportunity for independent retreat practice with the support of an experienced practice leader and a small group of other retreatants (10 or so). Outside the scheduled practice periods, the property is available to experienced leaders for individual or group retreats. Please see the Retreats at Prairie Farm page for details. Please note that public programs are currently cancelled at the retreat center due to the pandemic.
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Common Ground Retreat at Prairie Farm
E2572 1450th Ave
Prairie Farm, WI 54762
Map and Directions (Please refer to these directions. Routing apps such as Google Maps may include roads that are challenging in poor conditions.)
Videos and photos
A slideshow of the property
Introduction by Mark Nunberg