About The Bridge-Between Retreat Center

What is "The Bridge-Between"?

Our community--here and away-- is made up of staff, retreatants, volunteers, friends, families, and you! Our vision is to grow an intentional, self-sustaining community providing one-stop access to wholeness, sustainability, organic farming, connection to all living beings, and spirituality. The Bridge-Between offers day and overnight personal and group retreats. But we offer far more than retreats! We are a home away from home, a place to connect with Earth, a place to learn how to bake bread, can home-grown produce, and create bountiful meals from the garden.

We can be a space for you to host your own workshops, classes, or simply a family/friends get-away where you can be part of nature. We also offer classes and workshops with local and regional experts in different areas related to sustainability, gardening, herbs, aromatherapy, cooking/preserving food, spirituality, nutrition and self-care. We are a place to join in community around the table, and a place to connect with your true self. We offer space to learn how to leave a "small footprint" on the environment, while tending it and enjoying the abundance that nature can bring, using organic principles as our guide to nourish and tend the earth and its bounty...so that it might nourish us.

This video is a beautiful representation of who we are and what we do at The Bridge-Between. It was created by a group of 15, 16, and 17 year olds from Oakpark, IL who volunteered at The Bridge-Between Retreat Center in June of 2011. They grew here for a week by working with the garden and gaining knowledge about sustainable agriculture, living in community, and walking lightly on Earth. We are so grateful for their time here, and for this fabulous video they created for us.

OUR HISTORY

Caroline Sullivan, O.P. founded The Bridge-Between Retreat Center in 1987 on the premise that retreats and spiritual opportunities are for all people, regardless of their economic means.

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She retired in 2016, after 29 years at The Bridge, so she no longer lives on site. However she is still available for spiritual direction, and can be found delivering garden shares for our community sustained agriculture garden, welcoming visitors, cooking an occasional meal, and joining us from time to time as a volunteer.

Caroline has been a Sinsinawa Dominican for over 50 years and, as member of the Order of Preachers, has been sent by the Church to "preach the gospel to all people, believers and unbelievers, learned and unlearned." This mission was affirmed by Pope Honorius III in a letter to St. Dominic in 1218.

Sr. Caroline's vision has always been for The Bridge to be open to guests of all cultures, beliefs, and faith traditions to create a community together, to share simple meals, to reflect and pray, and to enjoy a holistic lifestyle.

Today, we are a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation. All contributions are tax deductible.

 
The Bridge-Between Retreat Center
4471 Flaherty Lane, Denmark, WI 54208
Phone: (920) 864-7230
info@bridge-between.com