The Retreat Center

The Spent Dandelion Theological Retreat Center offers a gorgeous, private studio apartment for your stay. Above a detached garage, the space holds one queen and one full bed, offering sleeping options for two adults and two children, or two adults who know each other well!

Inclusive in the rate is one hour of theological conversation per day of your stay with Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen, a systematic theologian and an ordained Lutheran pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Her 4,000+ library is available to you during your stay (volumes being added weekly); peruse and “check-out” the books piquing your interest before your arrival, find them waiting for you in the studio. Of course, enjoy its use while you are here!

One Night – One Month Stay

In the apartment itself, feel at home with the kitchenette, the bathroom and shower, and the deck overlooking the private woods. Peek through the telescope to peer into the night skies, and peek through the trees to be rewarded with a view of Lake Superior.

  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Stove / Oven
  • Coffee maker
  • Private deck
  • Private bathroom & shower
  • Towels provided
  • Garage
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Studying & Reflection

For your studying/writing/reflecting needs, enjoy the use of our free wi-fi and private printer in the comfort of the studio. Listen for the coyotes and wolves, watch for the deer, get your fingers dirty in the garden and help yourself to its produce, and eat an apple from the tree just outside your screen door.

  • 4,000 books
  • 1-hour theological conversation
  • Wifi / Internet
  • Hiking trails
  • Apple orchard
  • Waterfalls
  • Forests
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Tourist attractions
  • Ship watching
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Welcome to the promise of retreat, reflection, and restoration along Minnesota’s scenic North Shore!

The recommended rate of $225 is inclusive of the stay, conversation with Anna, access to her library, and as many wanders in their woods, harvests of their gardens, stares at the stars, and listens to the owls, the wolves, the songbirds, and the mysterious forest rustlings in the night as you’d like. 

Please note that we have changed our reservation rate, so that people are invited to pay what they can.

Click this link to read more about why, and how to reserve your stay.