Winter and Spring Classes and Events at The Bridge

January 4,2017

Greetings from The Bridge-Between Retreat Center! I hope you are enjoying the season, and want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Life gets so busy, and calendars fill up quickly - so, without suggesting that you adopt a "resolution" that we associate with New Year's...I would like to suggest that it is a perfect time of year to commit to slowing down, taking a breath, and adding in some "you time" for the new year! We cannot take care of others if we do not take care of ourselves.


“I encourage you, to take control
to take back your power.
Make the time and effort
to invest in yourself. Self-care and healing.
Taking time for stillness and contemplation.
Reflect on your own behaviour.
Decide what kind of person you want to be
and then take the steps to be that person.”
- Akiroq Brost

I sometimes hear people say it is so hard to drive "all the way out there" for a class or workshop at The Bridge. I can understand that - we are so good at filling up every moment in our lives, and rushing from place to place. Despite that, I invite you to take time for yourself, or with your friends/family, and enjoy the drive to our beautiful retreat - watch for the deer, the turkeys, even an occasional fox - and acknowledge that drive as part of your "time away" - not a thing to rush through, but a journey to enjoy and relish.

Personally, I cherish my drive from Allouez to Denmark, the changing landscape as I get further out of town and into the country - my breathing changes, I feel my body relax. And it only takes me about 20 minutes...time well spent!

As a nurse, I can tell you that there are numerous studies that support the health benefits of slowing down, spending time in a natural environment, being in a community of like-minded people, and participating in practices related to strengthening one's spirituality.

It is in that spirit that I provide our current schedule of confirmed events through the beginning of summer - along with detailed information on those coming up during the depths of Winter in Wisconsin! I hope you will take some time for you, and join us here at our beautiful retreat center! And stay tuned, because we have some other offerings in the works!

Come home to The Bridge-Between!


T. Heather Herdman, RN, PhD
Executive Director


The following classes and events are those between January and March of 2017. Descriptions accompany each of these events.

Call us to register/pay for classes and events at (920) 864-2730, or go to our website and use the DONATE button on the top right corner of the site to pay for your class using a credit card or your PayPal account.


JANUARY 28-29 (First of three weekends)
ALSO: MARCH 4-5 and APRIL 29-30

The Victory Garden Initiative is set to strengthen a new round of community leaders with the 2017 Food Leader Certificate program, beginning January 28, 2017. The FOOD LEADER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (FLCP) provides professional and personal leadership development by equipping emerging food leaders to grow their own food, learn about the food system, and lead food projects in their communities. Upon completion of the program, Food Leaders will be presented with a formal Food Leader certificate.

The FLCP is a 10-month long program that builds skills and bolsters their resumes. The program requires a significant time commitment which must be taken into account before signing up for the program. Each retreat takes place over two days and participants are expected to stay overnight at The Bridge-Between Retreat Center.

Past Food Leader projects include converting unused land to a lush, productive farm for a local church, establishing a gardening and cooking community for millennials, working with youth at The Domes, building the first handicapped-accessible raised garden bed prototype of its kind, establishing a composting system at a large workplace, and launching a microgreens business.

Victory Garden Initiative is thrilled to begin another year of cultivating leaders to make change starting with their own communities. “This program has given me the knowledge and confidence to take the ideas I have around the Food Movement and bring them to life,” says Katie Felton, 2013 Food Leader.

The 2017 program includes three weekend retreats, starting with our Kickoff Retreat on January 28-29 at The Bridge Between Retreat Center, a beautiful organic farm, educational center and retreat destination in Denmark, WI. Registration is open now for Victory Garden Initiative’s Food Leader Certificate Program! For more information and to register, visit:


FEBRUARY 4, 10AM - 3PM (includes lunch) - $55/person

Join Caroline for a hands on day to energize and massage your spirit. Listen to the dough as it tells you about itself. Find which ingredients are perhaps a reflection of you. Pause and reflect as the breads rise. Enjoy a meal sharing in the one loaf and other delicious dishes. Just the ticket for staying warm this winter!

What to bring:

Ice cream bucket and lid.
Wooden spoon or favorite stirrer
Measuring spoons and cups
Cotten dish towel
Apron, if you wish


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 - $50/person

Celebrate with your sweetheart or your friends at The Bridge-Between's 12th Annual Valentine Candle Light Dinner, while supporting our ongoing work!

Let us serve you an exquisite dinner prepared by our executive director, Heather, with you in mind (and enjoy accompanying wine selections)! Accepting reservations now to ensure prime seating! This heart-felt, one-of-a-kind experience will be enjoyed in our 1909 Farmhouse. CALL 920-864-7230 to reserve your table soon - this event sells out quickly (prepayment required)!

Brie Cheese Fondue
Home Baked Bread / Breadsticks

Carrot and Fennel Soup

Roasted Beet Salad

(choice of one)

Lemon Rosemary Salmon
Stuffed Chicken Breast (Date and apricot stuffing)
Tagliatelle with Coriander Pesto

French Silk Chocolate Pie


Water, Coffee, Tea, Wine



$70/couple for two 30 minute massages / $120/couple for two 60 minute massages

Indulge with your Valentine - or just a good friend - this holiday weekend with a wellness massage in our cozy Granary! Reservations are limited. The fire will be roaring. CALL 920-864-7230 to reserve your time (prepayment required).

MARCH 11, 9A, - 4PM (Lunch included)


If you are like most people, the New Year's Resolutions you made in January to live a healthier lifestyle are a distant memory! Join Mary Radue, Mind Body Nutrition Coach /co-owner of Sweet Willow Naturals, for a "playshop" to create lasting change...from the inside out!

We'll spend the day exploring the art and science of applied mindfulness as we develop a "toolbox" you can use in your daily life to create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.

March 18, 1-4pm

Cost: Seniors - $6, 13+ years - $8, 4-12 years - $5, <4 - FREE

Join us as we welcome in the Spring with a Lucky Leprechaun scavenger hunt for the kids, and everyone will create his/her own take home "Leprechaun Herbal Garden" to herald in the beginning of the growing season! We will have different levels of scavenger hunts for children 4-8 and 9-12. Older kids can serve as Leprechaun Helpers, giving out clues to the younger kids as they search for the "Pot of Gold" at the end of the rainbow!

We'll finish up with treats in the Farmhouse and a short lesson on taking care of your Leprechaun Herbal Garden, and how to incorporate its bounty into your cooking!


Earth Day Festivities

Saturday, April 22, 1-4pm

Pampering All Moms and Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 14, 10am - 4pm

Just for Men and Father's Day Cookout

Sunday, June 18, 10am - 4pm


Thank you to all of you who have supported our mission, vision and ministry over this past year. We appreciate all donations, and work hard to be excellent stewards of the funds you provide the organization. We look forward to connecting with you all - and meeting new members of "The Bridge Community" in the New Year.



You can help us safeguard the future of The Bridge-Between Retreat Center. Your generous contributions are an integral bridge to our mission.

Capital Campaign
Add bathrooms to the cottage hermitage, and the second and third floor silo. Reroof and repair the Belgian Barn, enclose space within the barn for a classroom, rehab animal spaces for easier access to the pastures. Establish a fund to ensure long-term upkeep of all buildings on the property.

The Sister Caroline Sullivan, O.P. Granary Campaign
Renovations of the granary to include a new roof, windows, insulation and a new kitchen. Once renovations are completed, the 1890 Granary will be named to honor our founder, Sister Caroline Sullivan, O.P.

Operational Campaign
Establishing ongoing funding for day-to-day operations, salaries, etc.

Please Call to Discuss:

Business /Naming Sponsorships
Gifts of Stock
Sustaining Gifts
Wills and Bequests

Donate to The Bridge in any of the following ways:

Through our website

Mail your donation to:
The Bridge-Between Retreat Center
4471 Flaherty Lane
Denmark, WI 54208

Over the phone:

Call us at 920-864-7230, and we will be glad to process your credit card information.

Give us a call to set up a monthly recurring pledge!

The Bridge-Between Retreat Center
4471 Flaherty Lane, Denmark, WI 54208
Phone: (920) 864-7230