Retreats at Prairie Farm


WAITLIST ONLY: Community Practice Period with Mark Nunberg, Matthew King, and Anita Raaum

Thursday evening, February 20th-Sunday, February 23rd at 1:30pm.

Please join a small group of community members for independent practice at Prairie Farm. This practice period is open to anyone who has an independent meditation practice. For example, someone who has attended a course at Common Ground, has been coming regularly for 6 months or more, or has attended a half-day or daylong retreat. Contact the office with questions.
Please see these guidelines for practice periods at Prairie Farm.
Practice Leaders
Mark Nunberg began his practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis in 1993 with Wynn Fricke and continues to serve as the center’s Guiding Teacher. Mark has studied with both Asian and Western teachers and finds deep inspiration in the teachings of the Buddha. Mark practiced as a monk for five months in Burma and completed four three-month retreats at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center, as well as many months of intensive retreat practice at The Forest Refuge. Mark continues to be a grateful student of Buddhist practice.
Matthew King has sat a variety of teacher led retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and Metta Meditation Retreat Center, including two 3-month retreats. He has also sat self retreats at Prairie Farm and Kevala Retreat. His focus is on a relaxed and receptive awareness with the intention of opening the heart to love more fully. Matthew served as the retreat manager for the 2019 Common Ground Labor Day retreat and besides serving as a practice leader, he will be spending a number of months each of the coming years as a Caretaker at Prairie Farm helping to ensure retreatants have a space conducive to self contemplation and an opening of the heart. When not sitting in formal practice, Matthew volunteers with the Wisconsin Prison Mindfulness Initiative, New Community Shelter, and Unity Hospice. He currently resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Register here. All applications received in the first 7 days of the registration period (prior to and including February 5th) will be drawn from randomly to fill the spaces available and then to make up the waiting list in order. After February 5th any remaining spaces and/or the waiting list will be filled in the order that additional application forms are received.

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.

Before Arrival Checklist for Retreatants: Includes packing lists.

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.

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

*If you can’t come on retreat, but still want to cook to support the retreatants, let know. Here’s a link to the CG recipe page for reference.