Discover and Experience Meditation, Peace, and Sustainability

Windhorse Retreat Center has provided year-round space since 2002 for group and individual retreats, artistic gatherings, nature retreats, and private events.

Windhorse-Retreat-Center-bldg-300x224The retreat center was built by the High Wind Association as a state-of-the-art, passive solar bio-shelter and greenhouse. Beldon and Lisa Paulson, are educators, activists, and authors who helped to develop High Wind as an intentional community in the 1980’s. Inspired, in part, by the Scottish intentional community Findhorn, High Wind is based on living according to the principles of ecology and sustainability.

Read the story of High Wind.

group retreats

group retreats

The Shambhala Community purchased the retreat center building in 2001 and later an additional 33 acres were acquired under generous terms from the High Wind group. The additional land includes hiking and ski trails and adjoins the Kettle Moraine State forest. Inspired by the High Wind mission, Shambhala’s Windhorse Retreat Center embraces the opportunity to engage in and manifest environmental sustainability and awareness through its programs.

  • The Oak

    Holding Space and Time on this Earth

    Greetings All – We’ve just finished up the annual summer week-long program hosted and led by Queer Dharma of Chicago Shambhala. There were 30 participants during the first weekend which was led by Larry Wolf and Jon Feller. Jon continued as lead for the rest of the week with an average of 17 participants. The … Continue