Hackmatack Retreat is a non-denominational, LGBTIQ inclusive, radically beautiful physical space where you can step out of the world and take time out for time in — no matter who you are, where you come from or what you believe.
The mission of Hackmatack Retreat is to provide an accessible space that becomes the physical container for deep wisdom teachings and heart-centered, transformative work.
Our lovely and casual space is designed to support authentic sharing, heartfelt storytelling, and physical & spiritual healing. To surrender to the mystery of unfolding experience, we must get rid of every stupid rule in our way & shove aside the whole idea of “right and wrong” so love can finally lead us home.
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Sitting on nearly 30 acres of protected land (in the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge) and only minutes from the Wisconsin border in Richmond, IL, sits Hackmatack.
This native prairie land, with a winding slow river, two ponds, 200+ year old oaks, and big sky is home to countless places to curl up and write, gathering spaces for group work, and writing nooks and crannies indoors and out.
Hackmatack Retreat seeks to offer “time out for time in” amidst this noisy world.
Only five minutes from two small towns with all the amenities needed, and within an hour or so of major airports of O’hare, Midway, Milwaukee, or Rockford, Hackmatack is all about ease. We are also 15+ minutes from the world class historic resort town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Take time out for time in
The world is noisy and full of chaos. So is the phone in your pocket. We are constantly bombarded with external messages trying to tell us how to think, feel and behave. Sometimes life can feel less than satisfying, and our brains weren’t designed to support our happiness, only our survival, which is why Tyler and Grant are obsessed with discovering wisdom teachers who cut through the BS and get straight to the heart of things, interpreting age-old wisdom into content suitable for modern life. Tyler & Grant want to curate the holy experience that happens between teacher and student, one person connecting with another, one giving and both receiving.
How do people use the space?
People visit Hackmatack Retreat from all over world to take time for themselves, to heal, to be, and to become.
Specifically, here’s how you can use Hackmatack Retreat:
Join our planned retreats
Host a retreat of your own
Personal retreat, silence or project collaboration and stay overnight
We embrace and incorporate the teachings of many wisdom teachers and believe that at the core a commitment to kindness and community service belong in everything we do
At Hackmatack Retreat (and in every aspect of our lives) we embrace and incorporate the teachings of many wisdom teachers and believe that at the core a commitment to kindness and community service belong in everything we do.
We incorporate Buddhist thinking, teachings, and philosophy in nearly everything we do, but we don’t care much about what you call it or how it looks.
We often incorporate mindfulness, walking, sitting, and guided meditation to support the healing / creative / life process. Transformation is wonderful, but can also be challenging and we support that process by any means possible including all kinds of faith traditions and healing modalities that nurture a gentler human experience. We believe the more open we remain to all wisdom traditions—the deeper the benefits of transformation. All beliefs welcome. For real.
Whether a weekend, week, or longer with us, the tranquil and therapeutic forest and water lookout and sacred land of Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge seems to instantly calm the mind and open the heart. These immersive settings open doors to surrender yourself to the natural and restorative beauty of life.
We recommend a notebook, water bottle, book, and anything else that will keep you comfortable through out the day.
We are unable to accommodate any allergies or dietary preferences/requirements, so we ask that you please bring your own if you feel this may be an issue for you and we are happy to provide fridge + freezer space and other storage.
Weather depending, we will likely be moving between indoors and outdoors, and ask that you bring appropriate clothing for either scenario appropriate for the season. We suggest wearing clothes that you will feel comfortable in and have little expectation or desire for formality.
Hackmatack Retreat does not allow alcohol on the premises, and we ask that you respectfully be sober-minded while on-site.
We expect your presence of body and mind and hope that you refrain from gratuitous use of technology during your time on-site.
We ask that you please refrain from bringing pets besides certified service animals, and to please notify us if you have a certified service animal at the time of registration, as well as providing documentation.
This is a fostered space of radical acceptance for all identities. We expect not only tolerance, but celebratory curiosity and respect for everyone around you.
For the safety and peace of mind of all in attendance, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required, no exceptions.