Cultivating Stillness -- Tools for everyday life

Led by Rudy Ruderman

This weekend meditation retreat will focus on cultivating stillness for  relaxation, stress reduction, peace of mind, and more.  The weekend  will include sitting, standing, walking, and moving meditation (Tai  Chi).  Practicing stillness is essential for maintaining a healthy body and mind.  This retreat will provide experiences and tools to integrate stillness into everyday life, and it is suitable for complete beginners  and experienced meditators.

About Bright Dawn

The retreat will be held at Bright Dawn Home Spread, located near Plymouth, WI, and adjacent to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, approximately 2 ½ hours from Chicago.  This charming, tranquil facility includes a turn-of-the-century Farmhouse, which will serve as our accommodations, and offers space suitable for meditation, spiritual treks, workshops, and more.  Outdoors, you’ll find gardens, hills, ravines, woods, a mysterious “forest primeval” fen with boardwalks, and native wildlife.   

About the Retreat Facilitator

Rudy is a Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Zen practitioner. He has facilitated dozens of workshops and retreats on Zen, Taoism, and Meditation.  He teaches weekly Tai Chi classes and is also a Licensed Massage Therapist.  He maintains a private practice of Massage Therapy, Bodywork, and Relaxation Coaching.


April 21-23, 2017

Retreat Schedule


Dinner  6:00pm
Intro7:30 – 9:30


Breakfast  7:45am
Workshop 9 – noon
Lunch  12:15pm
Workshop 3 – 6:15
Dinner  6:30pm


Breakfast  7:45am
Workshop 9 – noon
Lunch  12:15pm
Workshop  1:15 - 3

Registration & Pricing

Meditation Retreat:
$375/person ($175 due upon registration, balance of $200 due by March 30, 2017) 

includes lodging and food. 

Proceeds of this retreat will directly benefit Chicago Voyagers' outdoor adventure programs for at-risk youth.  Chicago Voyagers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Lodging requests will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact us with questions or to check availability:

Name *


How large of a group will be taking part in the Retreat?
It is our intent to keep this an intimate group of 10-12 participants.

Is transportation included/provided?
No, however Chicago Voyagers will be happy to try to help you arrange car-pooling amongst participants, should you desire it.

How far is Bright Dawn from Chicago?
Bright Dawn is situated near Plymouth, WI, and approximately 140 miles from downtown Chicago.  While the trip can be made in 2.5 hours, travel depends upon your start point and traffic.

Will I have a private room?
Chicago Voyagers has reserved the entire farmhouse for this retreat. There are both shared and private bedrooms. We will do our best to accommodate your requests, however, please note that accommodations will be assigned on a first-come, first serve basis, and we have limited availability for “private” versus shared options.  

What happens in the case of bad weather?
The Retreat will continue as planned, staying inside during inclement weather.

What other things should I know about this retreat?

  • Smoking is not allowed at the facility.
  • You will be exposed to nature in its purest form – be respectful, take it in, and don’t forget your camera!