Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Villa Maria Academy's Second Annual Homecoming and Community Open House - Sunday, August 16, 2015

Save the Date! 

Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Polka Dancing, Ice Cream Social,  Alumnae, Fun!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Programs and Events 2015

Scheduled Events at the Villa - 2015  (Includes On-going and Special Events)
Centering Prayer
Every Monday 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Meets in Garrard Room
For more information call:
Linda Schafer at 651-388-4519

Oil Painting Start to Finish
Every Tuesday  9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Meets in Garrard Room
Instructor: Julie Fjelstad, CRI
Bob Ross Technique
$50 covers everything needed for painting
For more information call:
Julie at 651-345-2311

Yoga - Breathing/Relaxation/Meditation
Instructor: Betsy Witt
Every Wednesday 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Yoga
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Meditation
For more information call:
Betsy at 651-345-3902

Villa Maria Book Club
Third Thursday of the Month
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
For more information call:
Sarah at 651-345-4582 

Life Lessons as Seen Through a Teacup
April 11th
Facilitator: Carol Weisz
9:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost $20
Event Description:
Come for a morning of relaxation and reflection. See how spending a little time recalling the past can give joy to our here and now. Time can give us a renewed sense of the beauty of life and of ourselves. We'll look for God in the ordinary and in so doing find a deeper appreciation of the sacred story of others and   of ourselves. You will be able to experience some different teas in a teacup of your choice and sample some tasty treats. It's not necessary to be a tea drinker. Coffee and water will be available for those who prefer and you will still be able to partake in “life lessons as seen through a teacup”.
Come join me as we celebrate the uniqueness of each of us and give thanks for this season of our life.
For more information call:

Introductory Course on Mindfulness
April 9th and 16th (two night course)
Facilitator: Betsy Witt
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost $30
Event Description:
This course will offer an opportunity to learn the beginnings of understanding mindfulness as a way to approach living with daily stresses, living with anxiety and or depression, loss or chronic pain. There is a wealth of research proving mindfulness to be a lifestyle with less suffering and more happiness. Mindfulness meditation will be introduced and practiced along with poetry and body movement. Discussion will be facilitated in order to make sense of the teachings. Person attending this two session course will leave with suggestions on how to begin to introduce mindfulness skills into their life.
For more information call:
Betsy at 651 -764-1253

Women's Retreat - Come Celebrate Women
Keynote Speaker: Sr. Pauline Lorch, OSU
Theme: We are Walking on Holy Ground 
Weekend of April 24 -26
Register by calling 651-345-4582
Friday 5:30 p.m. - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
April 25, Mass: 7:00 p.m.
Marian Hall Chapel. Louise Jacobs, Sacristy, Fr. Joseph Pete, Celebrant                                   

Journey to Wholeness
Director: Fr. Tony Kilroy
Date: May 1-3
Open to couples and singles

This retreat is an opportunity for people of all faiths to come together for a weekend
of scripture based preaching, sharing, healing prayer, restful silence, relaxation and celebration. For more information or to register,
please contact Jean MacFarland at 952-849-2033.
Mass will be celebrated.

Come Stay at the Villa
100 Mile Garage Sale
Date: May 1, 2015 - May 3                
Event Description:
100 miles of sales, 100 miles of FUN! With garage sales happening all along the Mississippi River, you won't have a problem finding as many sales as you'd like to attend! Sponsored by Mississippi Valley Partners, you're sure to find what you're looking for! Visit www.100milegaragesale.org to map out your route!

Cosmic Walk and Conversation
With Sr. Margaret Galiardi
May 10th
2:00 p.m.
Register by calling 651-345-4582

Tour de Pepin
June 5th-6th
Special offer to bikers
Friday overnight, dinner & breakfast
Bicycle security
PACKAGE DEAL: $50 for overnight, dinner, breakfast & bike security
Commuters: $15 for meals only
Reserve by calling 651-345-4582

Public Talk: Brother Chan Phap Vu
(Tich Naht Hanh tradition)
Watch for more details
June 26

Day of Mindfulness
Watch for more details
June 27

Villa Maria Academy Homecoming and
Community Open House
August 16th
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
50th Class Reunion Villa Academy

Minnesota Knitters Days
Oct. 23-25
Contact/Register Sheryl Hill at sherknits@yahoo.com

Rather Bee Quilting Retreat
November 6-8
Contact/Register: Jan Bruce  651-345-3958

Festival of Lights
November 28th
Watch for more details

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Yes, you too can paint like Bob Ross!

Oil Painting Classes Forming Now at Villa Maria Retreat Center

 By local artist: Julie Fjetland, CRI


Upcoming classes:

Tuesday, February 24th, 9 am or 6 pm - Northern Lights

Tuesday, March 3rd, 9 am or 6 pm - Palm Trees

Tuesday, March 10th, 9 am or 6 pm – To Be Determined

Class cost is $50 and includes ALL SUPPLIES.... You don't need to bring anything to class other than a great attitude and a desire to have fun! The Bob Ross painting technique is for all skill levels and particularly those of you who have never painted before. You can't draw a straight line??? No need to worry as that is not a requirement and actually will be beneficial.

 Yes, you too can paint like Bob Ross!

To register for classes contact Julie @ jfjetland@hotmail.com or 651-345-2311.

 Happy Painting!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Winter Fun Day Scheduled for January 18, 2015

The Villa is hosting a Winter Fun Day on Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. There is no charge for this event, but please bring your own equipment and snack. We will provide the guides, cozy fire and warm beverages at our Wildwood Cabin. Our woodland trails are adjacent to Frontenac State Park. So, whether you want to cross-country ski, hike, walk or just enjoy a fire inside, call our office at 651.345.4582 today. Registrations preferred, but not necessary!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Early Bird Registration Now - Celebrate Women Retreat - April 24-26, 2015

Celebrate Women
Theme: You Are Standing on Holy Ground

About Our Retreat Leaders...
Pauline Lorch is an Ursuline Sister,    Educator, Retreat Leader and Trustee of the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center.
Adele Brennan is an Ursuline Sister,  Educator, Retreat Leader and Trustee of the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center.
Katie Himanga, Outdoor Leader  for the retreat, Certified Forester  and Trustee of the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center.
Geri Timperley, Leader, Alumnae
Betsy Witt, Mindfulness Leader for the retreat and Trustee of the Villa Maria  Retreat and Conference Center.
Our Retreat Spiritual Directors
Carol Weisz, Spiritual Director
Sr. Adele Brennan, Spiritual Director

Retreat Optional Opportunities…
¨ Massage
¨ Yoga 
¨ Healing Touch
¨ Guided or Private Walks
¨ Conversations with Spiritual        Directors
¨ Meals in silence or in Conversation
¨ Conversation Circles
¨ Mass

About the Weekend Cost...
Priced reasonably to allow you a weekend of spiritual renewal and    relaxation. All meals included in cost!
Early registration
$175 shared room; $205 private room
After March 1st
$190 shared room; $220 private room

About  Our Agenda…(All Optional)
Friday Evening—5:30 p.m.
¨ Dinner
¨ Sr. Pauline: “Immensity of God’s  Love as seen in Creation” 
¨ Ice Breakers
¨ Cosmic Walk 
¨ Bonfire or Indoor Conversation Circle
Saturday—8:00 a.m.
¨ Morning Mindfulness Session
¨ Breakfast
¨ Presentation: “Awareness of the Grace of the Earth”
¨ Earth Walk (Outdoors)
¨ Lunch
¨ Holy Land Presentation  
¨ Dinner
¨ Choose an optional opportunity.
¨ Mass 7:00 p.m.
¨ Bonfire or Indoor Conversation Circle
Sunday8:00 a.m.
¨ Morning Mindfulness Session
¨ Breakfast
¨ Closing Presentation
¨  Lunch
 ¨ Departure 1:00 p.m.
All presentations will be held in the chapel.