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A quiet space with abundant resources

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has owned the Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat near Trego, Wisconsin, since 2006. Photo provided by Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat

The Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat is located on 700 acres of pristine forested land in the North Woods of Wisconsin. It includes a variety of housing options that can meet the needs of most groups or individuals interested in a space for meeting or solitude.

“We have three hotel wings with 52 rooms, two houses that provide a family space for about 10 people, ten duplexes that can host more than a dozen each, and five cottages in a secluded area across the lake from the main campus,” explained Amy Heinen, director of the retreat center. “We really can accommodate almost everyone’s interests.”

One of the newer aspects of Heartwood is an on-campus restaurant. “Groups often make use of the common dining facilities as part of their conference event,” said Tim Schwan, Thrivent’s vice president for church and community engagement. “We have now opened Pine Lodge, a full-grade commercial kitchen for others on retreat, as well as some locals.” The restaurant is currently open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday.

Hiking and snowmobile trails run throughout the grounds. Three Tommy Gill-designed Frisbee gold courses dot the landscape — “two of them are pretty difficult” Heinen added. A lake provided more outdoor activity options to break the monotony of conference meetings.

Heinen told Metro Lutheran that the retreat center has developed a network of relationships with area residents who can resource strategic planning or team-building retreats. She said that the center can offer “plug and play programming,” a variety of resources to facilitate whatever is needed. And Thrivent staff members are also available to help.

For more information about Heartwood, call Amy Heinen at 612/844-8597 or visit www.heartwoodconferencecenter.com/.

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