Open to the Public Retreats

Several times a year Holly Whitcomb leads or sponsors open to the public Christian spirituality retreats at gorgeous Cedar Valley, 45 minutes north of Milwaukee. Cedar Valley, which sits on 100 lovely acres in the Kettle Moraine, extends hospitality with a welcoming dining room, gift shop/bookstore, miles of carefully groomed hiking trails, and a charming labyrinth. It is necessary to pre-register for these Kettlewood Retreats. Holly will also gladly conduct specialized retreats for groups upon request.

Kettlewood Retreats at Cedar Valley


Kettlewood Retreats invites you to experience some renewing days at Cedar Valley. Come join us in the countryside of the Kettle Moraine on 100 spectacular acres (an outdoor labyrinth too!) near West Bend, Wisconsin. The noon meal is included. To register for an event listed here, please write a check for $50.00 (which is the total payment)  to Rev. Holly Whitcomb and send it to: Kettlewood Retreats Office, 2095 Elm Tree Court, Elm Grove, WI 53122. Include your name, address, and phone number(s).  Please register as soon as you can. Upon registration, you will receive a map. For more information, please call 262-784-5593.

October 6, 2017                        9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.



Healing Ourselves:

Pathways to Emotional Well-Being

and Spiritual Renewal

We all all wounded in this life, whether by loss, betrayal, trauma,

tragedy, poor choices, or other misfortunes. Just as the body strives to

heal our physical injuries, so do psyche and soul seek to heal emotional and

existential wounds and to restore well-being. Drawing from practices,

ancient and modern, this interactive retreat will focus on identifying

healing pathways that nurture our renewal.

(This retreat will fill quickly. Please register as soon as you can.)

Our leader: Philip Chard is a widely traveled speaker, a practicing psychotherapist,

and the author of the popular and award-winning weekly column "Out of My Mind"

featured in the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel." He is also the author of the books

"The Healing Earth" and "Nature's Ways."

December 8, 2017                    9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

The Transformative Power of Blessing

An Advent Retreat

Theologian Barbara Brown Taylor says, "To pronounce a blessing on something is to see it from the divine perspective." When we bless something, we confer goodness on it and declare it holy. In this Advent retreat, we will delve into Blessing as we consider:

How did Jesus live in blessing?

How do we offer and receive blessing?

From whom are we withholding blessing?

How do we turn blessing into daily practice?

(Deadline for registering is December 2.)

Our leader: Rev. Holly Whitcomb, Director of Kettlewood Retreats, UCC minister, author, and spiritual director. Holly is working on her fifth book, "The Practice of Finding," for Eerdmans.