CWC Retreats


Spring Healer's Retreat June 2 - 5, 2017
Fall Relaxation Retreat, September 22-25, 2017


Need a break? Here’s an excuse to get away for a weekend for some peace and quiet and to “hang out” with other like minded folk. Only a scenic 3 hour drive north of the cities, soak in mother nature’s healing embrace to rejuvenate, gain some perspective, find some balance, and to get connected.

This is a very low key, relaxed retreat. We encourage you to do as little or as much as you'd like.

If you want to work on some inner issues and healing, we have a really supportive group to help you feel safe.

If you want to just have fun and chat and play with other like-minded individuals, this is a great opportunity.

If you simply want to do nothing at all but stare at a chipmunk trying to sneak into your cabin, hey, "more power to ya!".

All meals are on your own (bring food! cabins have fully equipped kitchens)

Here is a tentative list of healers available:

Reflexology - Big JohnRetreatCollage ($50 hour)

Massage Therapy

Vibrational Therapy (singing bowls) w/ Cindy H. $55 hour (see PDF flyer)

QiGong Energy Work Sessions

  • Rhonda Battiso (Qi-ssage $30/30 min. or Qi-Gong EnergyWork $35/30 min. - OR a combo for 1 hour $55)

Tarot Card Readings

  • Julianne Malcolm - 'Mother Peace' deck  $30/30 min
  • John Crane -  'Celtic Tarot' deck $20/20 min.

Releasing Stuck Energies with Eric Putkonen
We all have stuck energies that cause issues physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  Often the issues are recurring because of stuck energies.  Eric is offering a 30 minute Energy Work session through Intuitive/Spirit-guided Laying on of Hands (Touch) to release stuck energies.  You may tell him about a specific issue or blockage to try to help release or we can do something more generic.  The session is done seated and with a light touch.  $30.


henna tattoos!

Reiki energy sessions w/ Reiki master - Kris Krupp ($40)

 Cranio-Sacral Therapy w/ Laura Adrian  (see flyer)  $45/hour, or $60/90 min.

 Sand Symbol Sessions or Spiritual Energy Massage w/ Terry Anderson  ($40/$45 approx. 50 minutes)

11 - 12 noon SUNDAY ONLY  iTOVI scans with Melinda ($5) (learn more here)

12 noon - 3:00 p.m. SUNDAY ONLY Organic Facials - Designed to fade wrinkles and treat sun damage. Young Living Oils brand skin care products. Includes scalp & ear massage, toning cleanse, foaming cleanse, mint facial scrub, age refining toner, enzyme essential oil activator, Boswellia wrinkle cream, topped off with wolf berry eye cream and lavender lip balm. Bonus! simple hand rub with nourishing cream. 30 minutes, $30 Melinda Barret

Amethyst BioMat™ sessions (great for migraines!) w/ Marita ($15/15 minutes)


SCHEDULE & RATES (subject to change):


Early bird arrivals (many practitioners arrive early to trade skills and are available for sessions, and many guests want an extra day to settle in before enjoying activities on Fri afternoon)



Yoga on the Lawn


Check-in any time after 12:00 noon - get oriented & start relaxing!

3:00 p.m. New!  CLASS: The Hidden Message — What is your body telling you?  $5 w/ Marita

Have an annoying symptom that you can’t figure out how to alleviate? Constant headaches? Seemingly illogical pain? Exhausted? What if the cause was a food you innocently eat? Maybe everyday? Join me for a discussion about what’s in your pantry, how it lands on your plate and how it may be affecting your overall health and outlook on life.

4 - 5:00 p.m. Ear Candling ($25, includes 2 candles, approx. 30 minutes)  Fri/Sat/Sun

4 - 5:00 p.m.   Ionic Detox Foot Bath ($25, or 2 for $40) Fri/Sat/Sun

5:30 p.m.    Evening Pontoon Cruise around the lake ($5, Fri/Sat/Sun)

7:00 p.m. Opening Drum Circle

7:30 or 8 ish p.m. Gratitude & Welcome Circle (free - 5-10 minutes) w/ Terry Andersen  (after drum circle we'll send out some thanks to Mother Earth, or take the time to give thanks for whatever you feel drawn to appreciate. Sending it out from 11th Crow Wing Lake, headwaters of chain of Crow Wing lakes, flowing into Mississippi, and eventually Gulf of Mexico and world oceans can be a powerful intention.)

8:00 p.m.  Lakeside Sauna (lemongrass steam for supporting detoxification - if all agree:  for those who don't want aromatherapy in their sauna, go early and just communicate that you're sensitive 🙂   For those who like an intense experience, indulge only after asking everyone present if they're sensitive to essential oils -- enjoy!!!)



10:00 a.m.  Intro Circle to Practitioners (10 - 11 a.m. ONLY): this is free opportunity for you to learn about the different modalities available. Each practitioner has a few minutes to introduce him/herself and explain what you can expect from one of their sessions.

11:30 a.m.  Interactive Qigong Healing Movements & Guided Meditation with SFQ Master Healer/Master Teacher Rhonda Battisto ($5)

1:00 noon Edible Stuff in Nature Cooking Class w/ Hyacinth ($10)

3:00-5:00 p.m. I-Ching  Class  w/ Amy P.  NEW!
Come and learn about the ancient oracle of the I Ching. This 4000+ year old system is based on the patterns of nature that have held true throughout time. Learn about the 8 elements of nature which make up this ancient oracle, along with the basics of how to do a reading for yourself using either an I Ching book or the Internet. We assume NOTHING and you need bring nothing except perhaps a notebook to make some notes, so come and learn how to read the I Ching! Cost: $20 suggested donation. Two hour class

RetreatFROGhandsRYAN5:00 p.m. Group Meditation w/ Eric P. ($5)
New!  Transmission Meditation -Join us as we meditate together...not for our own benefit, but in service to help the world.  With the help of God/Divinity and spiritual Masters and the desire to serve, we will act as conduits to bring in energies and information to this world.  Right away the instructions for the meditation will be given to the group (5 minutes), then we will conduct an invocation (1 minute), and then we will begin the meditation.  So please show up on time or not at all.   (30 minutes total)

5:30 p.m.    Evening Pontoon Cruise around the lake ($5, Fri/Sat/Sun)

6:00 p.m. Henna Tattoos ($10 w/ Jenny)

7:00 p.m. Drum Circle at lodge

8:00 p.m. Lakeside Sauna (peppermint or birch steam for easing aches, joint pain, boosting immune system - if all agree:  for those who don't want aromatherapy in their sauna, go early and just communicate that you're sensitive 🙂   For those who like an intense experience, indulge only after asking everyone present if they're sensitive to essential oils -- enjoy!!!)


10:00 a.m. Group Meditation w/ Eric Putkonen ($5 suggested donation/love offering)
     Self-Cleaning through Ho'oponopono - Back by popular demand!  The session will start with a re-introduction into Ho'oponopono and the basic how-to.  This should be completed within 15 minutes.  Then we still start a guided meditation that uses Ho'oponopono to cleanse our own repeating patterns and limitations that the socialization process, common negative beliefs, and culture often imposes upon us that are not true.  In releasing these patterns, we can more fully be what we truly are.

11:30 a.m. NEW! Class: Embracing our divine masculine and feminine energy
     We will explore together how a welcoming acceptance (not perfect balance) of our divine masculine and feminine energies  creates  a beautiful expression of our true nature.  Live life fully. Open up to all of who you are! Come celebrate all the energies that makes up the essence of YOU.   fee: $5  w/ Terry Anderson

1:00 p.m. Aromatherapy Class & Creations with Kim.  Learn how to use a pendulum and try your hand at creating your own potion. $10 per spritz, lotion, or smelling salts item. FREE class (new oils:  exotic verbena, hops, cottonwood, fir needle, and funky blends like "aloha" "snoring" "earth" and "miracle" (a.k.a. 'thieves')

2:00 p.m.    Pontoon Cruise around the lake ($5, Fri/Sat/Sun)

4:30 p.m. New!  CLASS: The Power of Mastering Self-Acceptance and Self-Love. It will change your life in many positive ways! Cost $10.  w/ Tammy Hulke


Optional Sing Along on Sunday after Potluck

6:00 p.m. Potluck at lodge (bring some food and share nourishment with everyone - fellowship, camraderie, validation, integration, etc. BYOB. Dishes/flatware/water/tea/napkins provided)

7:30 p.m. Kim might bring out the sing-along books and guitar if anyone has an interest in attempting to hold a tune, which, with this group, could prove amusing or embarrassing, depending on the number of beers involved. 🙂

7:00 p.m. Lakeside Sauna (eucalyptus steam for cleansing respiratory system, balancing blood sugar levels, detoxification - if all agree: for those who don't want aromatherapy in their sauna, go early and just communicate that you're sensitive 🙂 For those who like an intense experience, indulge only after asking everyone present if they're sensitive to essential oils -- enjoy!!!)



Check out by 12:00 noon -Enjoy the drive back home . . . . .OR!

. . . . Stay an extra night or two at the same special retreat rates (see below) to soak in your healing work in nature's peaceful environment or enjoy all the area attractions (Itasca State Park, winery, antique shopping, bike trails, horseback riding, etc.)



Please bring your checkbook/extra cash to pay the practitioners directly. (Exception: You may run a tab on resort snacks, boat rentals, Kim's aromatherapy items, John’s reflexology and bodywork sessions and take care of tab before departure with cash, check or VISA/MC.)  Beach sauna, nature trails, library, games, courts, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats free to use.

All cabins have full kitchens (BRING FOOD, dish soap & towels), full bathrooms (bring towels and soap), picnic tables, grills, bed linens supplied. (see "cabins" page for list of kitchen supplies)

StarTrailsoverCWCbyRyanRETREAT RATES:

This weekend only, special Cabin-Share Rates starting at

Private Cabin for one Individual or a Couple (using one bed/one bedroom):
$200/one night
$120/night for two night stay ($240)
$99/night for 3 nights or more
(if 3rd person, $50/night extra per person)
(If Cabin-Sharing with other peeps, private bedroom will be $99/night any number of nights)

PRIVATE BEDROOM/shared cabin

$140 for one night
$70/night for 2 night stay

$65/night for 3 or more night

SHARED BEDROOM/shared cabin

$110 for 1 night
$55/night for 2 night stay
$50/night for 3 or more nights


SwingCedarLogNearShuffleboardRelaxation ideas:

  • Take a nature hike on one of our wooded trails and inhale the crisp scent of falling leaves and balsam fir
  • Detoxify in our rustic lakeside sauna
  • Curl up with a good book while warming your toes by the crackling fire in our historic lodge
  • Try catching a trophy fish
  • Glide peacefully across the spring fed clear waters of the lake in a canoe or kayak
  • Lounge on the lodge deck to watch an eagle soar, the ducks gather, a great blue heron spearing a meal
  • Sit back and notice the colors of sunset
  • Take a morning mist cruise around the lake on the pontoon
  • Bask in the glow of a toasty campfire: watch for shooting stars, listen to a trilling loon song, roast marshmallows and tell stories
  • Stay young at heart and play the many games available here: horseshoes, shuffleboard, volleyball, basketball, board games, chess, pool, foosball etc.
  • Check out area antique shopping
  • Try a leisurely game of area golf
  • Bike the 28 mile paved bike trail
  • Go horseback riding at area stables
  • Indulge your palate with local gourmet and provincial eateries


KID POLICY: As you know, we are VERY kid-friendly here at the resort, but we wanted to let you know that for this special retreat, we schedule it on purpose the weekend after Memorial Day and before most schools are out for the summer to encourage a more adult atmosphere. By all means, bring the kids if you like, but please know that for this weekend only, the lodge arcade room will be shut down and the pool table will be covered and unavailable throughout the entire weekend (no exceptions). We ask that your kids avoid the lodge area, including the mini-carousel, shuffle board court, snack counter, etc. while any group meditation or chakra connection session is going on so as not to disturb the participants. We hope that you will feel available enough to budget for some “you” time! Can’t wait to see you!!!!!!!






Past Practitioners and Activities often scheduled during retreats, but unconfirmed at the time for upcoming one:

Myo-fascial Release/Cranio-Sacral w/ Brian Brooks  (see PDF flyer)   ($45/hour)

Cathy Beedle  ($50/hour - see flyer)


  • Kathy Streiff (hot stones, $50/hour?)
  • Patty Craane (Healing Touch Chakra Technique w/ Doterra oils $50/hour)

5:30 p.m.  GROUP Meditation:  w/ Laura Adrian $7

Meditation 101: This class is an ideal introduction to meditation styles across the country of India. We'll cover the basics and you'll have the opportunity to explore several different styles of meditation.  Each meditation we'll practice is unique and resources will be available for further practice. Teacher is available for questions.  No experience necessary!

I Ching Readings - w/Amy Putkonen  (The I Ching is an ancient Chinese oracle that makes suggestions based on the natural patterns going on in one's life at the time. These readings are often deeply personal, as the oracle is not accustomed to beating around the bush.  I use the yarrow stick method, which takes more time but is the traditional way that these readings have been performed for thousands of years. My yarrow sticks were hand-picked, dried and cut for me by my husband, Eric, who made them for me - decades before he knew me - not realizing their true owner was his future wife. So they are blessed by love.  Ideally, you would e-mail me you'd like a reading BEFORE retreat so I have the proper time to prepare.   $50/hour scheduled during retreat weekend for discussion on results)

2:00 p.m.  Me, as a runner?  Complete a 5K at your fitness level  - free class w/ Joyce Boelter

Hello, ever want to try running but thought you can’t? Well here is your chance to try it, brought to you by Elevate your MoJu where we believe fitness should be fun for everyone. Note that one size doesn’t fit all, and at El Moju we believe that size shouldn’t be a deterrent. Everyone can run when trained to understand some simple fundamentals of running, and we are “completers not competitors” so bring a good pair of Tennis shoes, loose clothing and give it a try for Free. I will use a simple running application to assist in telling us when to walk and when to run. I will cover most misconceptions around running and cover expectations of how to complete your first 5K. Classes will run around 20-45 minutes.    Fri/Sat at 2:00 p.m.

Chakras Consultation w/ Kari Pickett FRIDAY ONLY 45 minutes/$25 - special intro offer for CWC!    To aid in the design of your individual yoga practice to allow your energy to flow freely, I will read your 7 major chakras to assess their current state. The second half will take time to practice the yoga poses that will compliment your chakra consultation. You will leave feeling empowered with the ability to release and to take care of your own body, spirit and energy.

11 a.m. Chi Na - is self defense techniques  w/ Tristan ($10)

1:00 Bagua 8 palm sets (this is a soft style of kung fu)  w/ Tristan ($10)

12 - 4:00 p.m. Aura Photos with Michele Bergh ($30) see PDF flyer

3:00 p.m.   Herbal Tincture Class with Sue Anderson ($10?)  Learn how to make ELDERBERRY tincture & cordials (plus a non-alcoholic kids version) to help prevent or calm coughs and colds in flu season.

Marge Banse (intuitive massage) ($50) receive messages from your angels and healers while your body receives a full body massage. Marge, a Licensed Massage Therapist and medium, is ready to deliver a relaxing full body massage, while communicating any messages received from your angels and guides as the experience unfolds

Marge & Jon Banse (Double Rain Drop Reiki Therapy: simultaneously combines the benefits of Reiki, with the benefits of Raindrop therapy, at the hands of 2 seasoned professionals and Reiki Masters. While Marge is delivering essential oils to the back through various rain drop strokes and techniques, Jon is simultaneously delivering Reiki to the body and soul. Both Jon and Marge have been practicing Reiki Masters for over 10 years. Jon is a Certified Life Coach, and Marge is a Licensed Massage Therapist. $85 hour)

Melissa Higgins & Kent Bergstrom ($55 hr or chair massage $10-12 minutes) see PDF flyer or learn more at Melissa's website.

Kathy Bennett
(sign-up on Kathy's schedule for ½ hour ($35), 1 hour ($60), $95/90 min. sessions, she can blend any of the below modalities or you can choose your preference.

  • Qi-Flow - feels like a combination of the benefits of acupuncture without needles, and the relaxation of chair massage with only light touch - very powerful in opening mind, body and spirit.
  • Emotional Release A new technique for Kathy that has been so huge already...Stress of Emotion holds us back - from physical healing, spiritual growth and opening our heart.  Stress can be known or unknown.  Get released!
  • Written Angels Readings 


3:00 p.m.   Herbal Tincture Class with Sue Anderson ($10?)  Learn how to make ELDERBERRY tincture & cordials (plus a non-alcoholic kids version) to help prevent or calm coughs and colds in flu season.

 Angel Card Readings, Core Passion Consultation
$1 per minute/$50hour w/Becky Steinhoff (see PDF flyer)
NEW!!! Reflexology w/ Amy P. ($20/30 minutes Sat only)

1:00 p.m. Meditative Drawing w/ Linda Watson
"Meditative Drawing is a simple process that slows us down, gets us to look closely at the everyday world around us and connect inside and outside. No experience in art is required, although it's also okay if you have some. You supply willingness, a sense of humor and adventure; I'll supply the drawing materials."

11 a.m. Free Info Talk on Bees (Meghan has been a repeat guest for several retreats and continues to receive lots of questions about her research career: alternative pollinators and effects of spring cold snaps on adult bees. Intention of class is education and inspiration for functional bee art projects.)

4:15 p.m. "Loving Kindness" Group Meditation w/ Judy Merritt ($5)

5:00 p.m. Group Meditation w/ Bryan Bertsch
"Inner Smile" $5 (

10:00 a.m. Group Meditation w/ Bryan Bertsch
 "Six Healing Sounds" $5 (

 Chakra Energy Healing One-on-One - Bryan Bertsch
$50 sessions (

5:00 p.m. Group Meditation w/ Terry Anderson ($5) Meditation for our whole, non-perfect, sometimes messy, sometimes beautiful lives. This meditation is all about bringing all the parts of ourselves together with radical acceptance and welcome. We need not worry about doing anything right, just bring your amazing self and see what happens.

7:30 p.m. Native American Flute Circle w/ Georgia E. (practice your skills -- bring your flute!!! Kim has a couple you can borrow. 🙂 )

11 - 1:00 p.m. Soul Collage w/ Georgia ($15)
SoulCollage(R) is an amazing technique used to discover and explore one's own personal healing journey. Through making "cards" with multiple images that attract and "speak" to you, your own spirit can become more known in order to guide and lead you to personal answers and strength. All materials provided. You will leave with 2-3 personal SoulCollage (R) cards and practice consulting with them. A fun and beautiful way to access your own soul and a helpful tool to use with your clients. (Class limit 12)

Mediation/Releasing Constrictions w/ Brenda Adams
Reconnect with your Own Healing Presence ($50.00 for 60 minutes (fully clothed, sitting in a chair, Brenda will give you space to breathe into simplicity)

Spiritual Coaching/Counseling via Non-Duality - Eric Putkonen    45 minute one-on-one sessions for those interested in looking for insights from Nondual traditions that could help on their own spiritual journeys or with life issues they are experiencing.  Or maybe you just want to learn more about Non-Duality or traditions that are nondual like Zen Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, etc.  We can talk about whatever you want.  Or we could just sit in silence and stillness. $30

11:00 a.m.  NEW!!! Tai Chi/Healing QiGong w/ Marti Lundin ($5)

Beading class with Sandy Fynbo (one-of-a-kind handmade glass beads) learn to knot and tie hemp w/ beads or we'll be doing a prayer beading class (5 person min. $30/person)

Crystal Play Readings - Marita Rahlenbeck ($30/20 minutes or so)

Essence Image Paintings - acrylic  with Marita Rahlenbeck (see flyer)  (Since my last visit to Crow Wing, I’ve begun creating my essence images in acrylic. Because of the time and materials required to paint these, I am offering a very limited amount - preferably PREORDERED/PRE-PAID so I can bring them along all complete. You can always order one and I will ship it. I’ve sent them all over the country, and across the world. But, wouldn’t it be fun to go home with such a treasure?   I offer two sizes, 5x5 $75.00 or 9x12 $100.00)

 Creation Energy Balance Work w/ Marissa and Doc Gus Kaubisch ($10/ 10 minutes)

1:00 p.m. EFT: The Tapping Cure w/ Michele Bergh ($10) Emotional Freedom Technique is easy to learn and works often when nothing else does. Based on the ancient traditions of acupuncture, without the needles; discover what many are using on a daily basis to help with stress, cravings, addictions, physical pain and more.

-- We are joining with 10 Billion Beats (cool video!), a global peaceful intention from 7-8 for an intense drumming meditation to start the weekend off! (We'll gather early to set intention and read the prayer aloud --- be at lodge by 6:45.:))

7-9:00 p.m. Special Event at CWC! Brothers Burn Mountain is going to hang out with us, play some original tunes and lead a drum circle or two! DONATIONS only (suggested $5-10)

Here's a Youtube sample below:

6:45 p.m. We are joining with 10 Billion Beats (cool video!), a global peaceful intention from 7-8 for an intense drumming meditation to start the weekend off! (We'll gather early to set intention and read the prayer aloud --- be at lodge by 6:45.:)) (See clip of video montage from 2009 below)