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Awakening to Joy Retreat

Miracles and Mindfulness presented by MiraclesOne and Meditation Stepping Stones

March 23-25, 2018

Bethel Horizons Art Ventures Retreat Center

Dodgeville, Wisconsin


Rev. Deb Phelps and Allison Phelps
Due to extenuating circumstances, Donna Marie Cary will now be unable to attend 


Are you ready to awaken to joy?
Join us as we explore throughout the weekend
as we can remember and experience the joy of the Divine in our lives each and every day.

Learn to be present in your life, to love yourself and others,
to allow compassion and gratefulness.
All these lead to joy.

We will be incorporating A Course in Miracles along with an insightful book on mindfulness called:
Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness. 

The purpose of all of our Retreat Weekends is to provide
a place of rest, renewal and contemplative reflection.

At this retreat:

  • We will explore the joy at our core through various ways including meditation, processes, journaling, and dialogue throughout our sessions.
  • Share with like-minded people in our group sessions
  • Creative expression session with Allison
  • Personal time for reflection
  • Group mindfulness meditations
  • Walk our beautiful hand-painted labyrinth
  • Singing Bowls Meditation
  • Beautiful natural setting!
  • One-on-one personal sessions are available
  • After the retreat is over, your learning can be further enhanced with our study groups and classes. In our classes, you will be supported with follow-up material, videos, optional video/phone meetings, and more (depending on what you choose).


Your Facilitators


Rev. Deb Phelps has been teaching and studying ACIM since 1993, is a meditation practitioner since 1980 and is a Certified Meditation Instructor.  Available for one-on-one sessions in Spiritual Life Coaching or Meditation Instruction and Support.



Allison Heistand-Phelps studied for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Naropa University, a Buddhist contemplative University in Boulder, Colorado.  (Bachelor of Arts of Contemplative Psychology and Visual Arts: Concentration in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology and Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling & Psychology: Concentration in Art Therapy) She is also a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado. Allison is currently studying to be a certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. Available for one-on-one sessions in Life Coaching or Creative/Spiritual Expression.



Tom Wolff acts our welcome host and assists participants with room check-in, acts as the go-to person for any necessities and facilitates our morning Workbook Lesson practice.

 Throughout our retreat weekend, participants have opportunities to strengthen their spiritual wholeness with time devoted to:
  • Connection with the Divine through stillness and meditation,
  • Connection with self by inner process and reflection.
  • Connection with others through the sharing of insights and like experiences.

Included with the retreat, participants will receive materials to further enhance their experience.

All rooms have private bathrooms.

3 double beds per room.

If you want to share a room with a partner, friend(s), we’ll give you a $30 discount each!

The total cost of the retreat to you is:
Price includes lodging and meals:
Friday-dinner, Saturday-breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday-breakfast and lunch.

Friday Welcome Gathering at 4 pm
Sunday Closing Gathering ends 3 pm

Bethel Horizons Art Ventures Retreat Center accommodates any special diet: gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and any allergies. Let us know when you sign up!


MiraclesOne is supported solely by volunteers, including Revs. Deb and Paul Phelps, and all monies we receive are poured back into MiraclesOne to provide free ACIM resources for you.

Meditation Stepping Stones is an organization by Deb and Allison Phelps providing meditation and mindfulness instruction in the Madison area and online.

Bethel Horizons

Art Venture Retreat Center

4601 C. Rd ZZ

Dodgeville, WI 53533

1 hr. from Madison – 1 hr. from Dubuque, IA

2 1/2 hrs. Milwaukee – 3 1/2 hrs. Chicago

Madison Airport is Dane County Airport. Code MSN

The natural surroundings and grounds of the Retreat Center are available to participants to help to facilitate inner quiet and reflective thought.
Trails, woods, ponds and streams, cliffs, hills, and valleys abound on over 500 acres of land.


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Art Ventures at Bethel Horizons is our newest and most modern facility. It features 8 motel style guest rooms each with three full-size beds and private in-room baths. The space is proud to have a large open meeting and dining room with huge picture windows overlooking the vast prairie beyond. A large outdoor patio with furniture and seating is also available to experience the outdoors any time of the year.


NOTE: The deposit of $100 is non-refundable, but you can find someone else to take your place.

Private Rooms are available, you can share a room if you like.

NO REFUND POLICY: I understand my deposit is nonrefundable; however, I may transfer or sell my space to another person who will attend in my place. It will be my responsibility to collect funds from the person who will take my place – not the responsibility of MiraclesOne.  I agree to hold MiraclesOne harmless, both collectively and individually, from any and all liability resulting from attendance at this function. 

Your balance of your retreat fee is due two weeks before the retreat.

Type your name and date in the box in the form to indicate you understand and agree to this policy.


  • Scholarships may be available, just ask.

See information on our Sunday ACIM Study Group in Madison

See information on Meditation Classes




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Madison, WI 53707


Bookings are no longer available for this event.