All are welcome

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ.”    –Rule of Benedict


Holy Wisdom Monastery is a place of welcome. We respect all people, and welcome guests with diverse views and customs. Reverence for all guests comes out of the Benedictine tradition of hospitality. We invite you to join those who say, “When I come in the door, it feels like coming home.”

Guests find our peaceful setting ideal for personal retreats, group retreats, meetings and events, weddings, memorial services, retirement parties, family reunions, nature walks and more.

Benedictine life is rooted in a rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to join us for prayer and worship, regardless of your faith tradition.


The facilities at Holy Wisdom Monastery intentionally incorporate light, open space and simple furnishings to provide a peaceful setting.

Our campus features:

  • The monastery building, housing the chapel, dining rooms, spirituality library and smaller prayer spaces
  • The retreat and guest house, housing meeting rooms, break-out rooms and bedrooms
  • Two hermitages in a quiet, wooded setting each with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and deck
  • Over 130 acres of land with restored prairies, a small glacial lake, orchards, woods, wetlands and nature trails. LEARN MORE


The quiet reconnection to nature our setting provides complements both personal time away and group gatherings. Holy Wisdom Monastery is open year-round.

Holy Wisdom Monastery sits atop a hill overlooking the north shore of Lake Mendota. Just 20 minutes from downtown Madison, Wisconsin we are very close to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the state capitol building, and Governor Nelson State Park.

Life-long learning

Guests are also invited to Holy Wisdom Monastery to learn. We support personal and community growth through spirituality programs and environmental education programs.

Our spiritual guides offers companionship for your spiritual journey. Guests who come for personal retreats often meet with a spiritual guide as part of their retreat.

Contact us

For more information about how you can visit Holy Wisdom Monastery, contact Brooke Miller at, 608-836-1631, x100.

Personal retreats

Our peaceful setting helps you rest and relax on your retreat so you can return home renewed and refreshed. Come for a day, an overnight or more. LEARN MORE

Meeting spaces

Reserve a meeting room for your next group meeting, retreat or event. Experience our Benedictine hospitality and peaceful setting.  LEARN MORE


Your day—our peaceful setting! Hold your wedding in our beautiful indoor or outdoor spaces.  LEARN MORE

Memorial services

Honor your loved one with a memorial service or funeral.  LEARN MORE