Retreats at Prairie Farm

Work Retreats

Looking for Volunteers to Help with Construction at Prairie Farm Retreat
(To read more about the renovation plans, click here.)
 
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 extensive construction experience, Cory Clemetson, our construction manager will find tasks that are suitable for you including cooking, cleaning up the work sites, hauling, as well as helping with the more high skilled tasks of framing and construction. We just ask that you have health insurance. Working at Prairie Farm is integrated with mindfulness throughout, and there are two sitting meditations each day.

People are also welcome to cook at home and drop food off at the city center to be frozen and then brought out to Prairie Farm for Cory and other volunteers to eat during their work retreats. Here’s a link to the CG recipe page.

Please let Cory know if you would like to go out and volunteer or cook: clemetsonconstruction@gmail.com and then register here so we have your emergency contact information and your liability waiver. 

Thanks for your support of our retreat home! The renovations will make the retreat property a more beautiful, functional, and spacious retreat space for our community.

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


Individual & Group Retreats

To request an individual or group retreat outside of the scheduled seasonal practice periods, please email prairiefarm@commongroundmeditation.org. 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 prairiefarm@commongroundmeditation.org.

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.