Wisconsin Retreat Centers

We are collecting locations of recent ALPHA Weekend away retreat centers.  Please let us know if you have a retreat center that you have worked with over the years that other Alpha churches in Wisconsin might be able to contact.  Please forward the retreat center name, contact person, phone and web address. Also any brief comments that would be helpful.

Send information and comments to Stu Merkel

Bethel Horizons

A camp and retreat center located adjacent to Governor Dodge State Park, near Dodgeville, WI.

The mission of Bethel Horizons Foundation, Inc is "to develop and perpetuate a physical, social, intellectual and spiritual environment which will strengthen and enhance the understanding of a person's proper relation to nature, self, others and God." Door Creek Church in Madison uses this camp for Alpha Retreats
Pastor Duane E Hanson, Executive Director
Bethel Horizons Foundation, Inc
312 Wisconsin Ave
Madison, WI 53703


Christ Pond
Good for small groups of 15-20. Bring your own food, linens or sleeping bag, several big bedrooms with 2-6 single beds in each room. 3 bathrooms. Has full kitchen with utensils, walking paths, 2 ponds, living area with fire place. cost is $25 for overnight per person. We go up on Friday afternoon and complete the weekend on Saturday late afternoon so cost is $25 per person.
Diane Federwitz (contact)
Hwy 57, Random Lake, WI
715-823-9150 (Diane's phone)


Inspiration Ministries

They offer a quiet, private, natural setting that will give your group the opportunity it needs to connect, grow and succeed. Nested in quiet woods and only minutes from the sparkling waters of Geneva Lake, Wis., this private yet convenient year-round site is available for groups of 10 to 130. Their food service provides excellent meals for groups of 20 or more. Their facilities comfortably accommodate people with disabilities and their able friends. You’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of this place and the generous hospitality of your hosts.
N2270 State Road 67,
Walworth, WI 53184


Lake Waubesa Bible Camp

They seek to glorify God by communicating the gospel and love of Christ through relationships with individuals and families and equipping them to actively serve Him.
2851 Crescent Drive
McFarland, WI 53558-9268
(608) 838-3335 or (888) 838-5922 

Monte Alverno

Located in Appleton in the middle of town on a huge piece of property, woods, river, etc. and near the highway. Donation was $25.00 a day inclusive of food. Private rooms with showers. Others are double rooms and some places two rooms share a shower. There is a chapel, cafeteria and two large group meeting areas and several small areas. They can handle up to 175 at a time. Recommended by Len at Christian Live, Waunakee.
1000 North Ballard Road
Appleton, WI 54911


Whispering Pines Retreat

We manage a retreat center in Shawano. We're having our first Alpha group in January 2010. The cost is $30/person. Groups bring their own linens, do their own cooking. There are a few double beds, but it's mostly bunk beds. The website has lots of photos. Kay Fredrick
W5389 Lake Drive
Shawano, WI 54166

Wonderland Conference Center - Salvation Army

The camp has various types of lodging options including hotel style rooms with private bath or cabin style or bunk rooms with a common bath. Also nice meeting spaces. Located near WI/IL border outside Kenosha, WI
9241 Camp Lake Rd.
Camp Lake, WI 53109

Silver Birch Ranch

Silver Birch is not far from where I live and they are a Christian based operation that has lodging, meeting rooms, dining hall food service, and lots of outdoor activities. (A lot of times, we see horses out there but I don't know if they are ones people have brought in.) Brad Ellis is the contact and the phone is 715-484-2742 x 232. They also have a web site for more info...including email contact and pictures. We think the cost is very reasonable...our meeting room is $75, lunch is $4 per person and they provide tables, chairs, projector, screen, trash pickup AND we can bring in our own coffee and break foods. They also have a fancy Starbucks type coffee bar.
N6120 Sawyer Lake Rd.
White Lake, WI 54491


Stu Merkel, 11/16/2009