Local Meditation Groups

Benedictine Women of Madison
Centering Prayer, contemplation

Isthmus Zen Community
Local Zen meditation group

Madison Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship
Yoga meditation group that follows the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda

Madison Vipassana, Inc.
Insight Meditation Group of Madison

Madison Zen Center
Local Zen meditation group

SnowFlower Buddha Sangha
Mindfulness meditation group that follows the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn

Local Getaways/Retreat Centers

Benedictine Women of Madison – Retreat Center
Local Madison monastery, formerly called St. Benedict’s

Bethel Horizons
Beautiful retreat/conference center 45 min west of Madison

The Christine Center
All traditions spiritual retreat center, 2.5 hours north of Madison, near Williard, WI

Siena Center
Carmelite Center in Racine, 1 hour east of Madison

Local Parks/Natural Getaways

Benedictine Women of Madison
Madison Christian monastery with beautiful prairie and woods with trails

Brigham Park
Highest point in Dane County, 20 minutes west of Madison

Dane County Parks
List of local parks

Deer Park Buddhist Center
Buddhist Monastery and Temple 10 min south of Madison

Elver Park
Wooded activity park on west side of Madison

Indian Lake Park
Wooded, hilly park with long trails west of Madison

Lakeshore Preserve
Madison’s famous Picnic Point on lake Mendota

Olbrich Gardens
Beautiful gardens near Monona Drive

Owen Park
Prairie restoration oak-savannah park off Old Sauk Rd. This link will also connect you with other Madison parks

Stewart Park
Serene lake with trails, just outside of Mt. Horeb

Tenney Park
Pond park with great ice skating, in the heart of Madison

University of Wisconsin Arboretum
UW’s pride and joy, the product of loving conservation and restoration of native habitats. See the lilacs and blooming trees in late April and May, and the maples in mid-October

Environmental Health & Sustainability

Sustain Dane
Madison organization for sustainability

Ecologically sustainable healthcare

The Natural Step
Model for sustainability in all disciplines

Land Institute
Ecologically sustainable restoration and agriculture

CDC Environmental Health Page

Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment


“So the lively force of his mind Has broken down all barriers, and he has passed far beyond the fiery walls of the world, and in mind and spirit has traversed the boundless universe.”