Reflection and Purpose

students meeting near labyrinth

The Wackerlin Center is housed in a prairie-style building purposefully designed to create a quiet, outdoorsy, retreat-like environment. Our comforting and peaceful indoor and outdoor spaces allow visitors to reflect and have intentional conversations around subjects that matter most. 

Quiet and Calming Spaces

Students can find cozy, quiet spaces for group study, individual reflection, and communal gatherings. The space can also be requested for after-hour use if needed.

Revive Retreat

The Wackerlin Center hosts a retreat during winter break where students can participate in communal meals, guided reflections, morning trail walks, stretching and meditation, and quiet rest to begin the new year refreshed.


Located outside of the Wackerlin Center, the labyrinth is both a symbol and a tool for the AU community to use for purposes of meditation, reflection, and vocational exploration.


For more information, contact Justin West, executive director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action/chief diversity officer, at 630-844-5142 or