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Franciscan Backpacking Retreat

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Marywood Spirituality Center

3560 U.S. 51

Woodruff, WI 54568

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How could freedom from schedules, cells phones and social media open you to an awareness of God? Join us for this weekend retreat and explore Franciscan spirituality while enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.

Come for a weekend of backpacking, community and contemplation along part of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. We will hike 22 miles through rolling terrain and thick hardwood forests. Each day we will set up camp off trail and enjoy good food and great company. You'll gain experience while learning techniques to live and travel more comfortably in the outdoors. These types of skills don't only help develop a deeper connection with nature but they strengthen confidence, creativity, and self awareness.

As we progress along the trail our conversations will explore Christian discipleship, Pope Francis’ leadership and the life and teachings of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi. Rev. Nick Rokitka will be available for spiritual and sacramental needs. Sister Julia will be available as a spiritual companion. Nick Gordon will foster our awareness about the plants, animals, and elements that surround our contemplative adventure through hands on projects.

$225 includes all meals, program, medical kit and group gear. $50 discount if you register and pay in full by July 14th. Call 715-385-3750 to register and pay deposit of $100 before August 11th.


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Nick Gordon is the Owner and Lead Wilderness Instructor for Nick of The Woods. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness Medicine Instructor for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. Nick has been teaching/guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs since 2009 throughout the upper Midwest and abroad. In addition, he works part of the year as a naturalist for the Wisconsin DNR.

Fr. Nick Rokitka, OFM Conv. is a Franciscan friar and priest of the Our Lady of Angels province of the Franciscan Friars Conventual. Fr. Nick is currently teaching theology and business management at Archbishop Curley High School, in Baltimore, MD. In addition to priestly ministry and teaching, Fr. Nick enjoys spending his summers reading, backpacking, and spending time outdoors.


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