A life-long learner, Margaret Schroeder grew up in southern Minnesota on a family farm where she began her learning in a country school. This is also where her love of nature was first kindled. She began her formal education at St. Olaf College, and then transferred to the University of Minnesota where she received her BS. She began her varied career as a teacher, then transitioned into the financial services industry and finally to retreat leader and minister. Along the way, Margaret realized having wealth does not always bring peace and security and was drawn to study theology. She received her Master’s in Theological Studies, became ordained, and is also a trained spiritual director.
Today, Margaret believes retirement is for moving on to the next time of growth and adventure in your life. A believer in the importance of community and diversity, she encourages everyone to continue to learn and evolve. Helping others view aging as a time of new adventures and personal growth spiritually and mentally, she facilitates retreats on prayer, solitude, and positive aging.
A mother of two and grandmother of three, Margaret’s days are full with retreats, traveling, entertaining, time with her grandchildren, and riding her Harley motorcycle. She continues to believe that using the wisdom of our elders can help save our world.
Schroeder is the retreat leader for The Gift of Years on Monday, February 28 – Wednesday, March 2, 2022.