Retreat – The Creative Word

The Creative Word, July 12-16, 2021
Monday 7:00 p.m. to Friday 1:30 p.m.

This retreat is full. Please call 208-962-2004 to be put on the waiting list.  

Explore new sources of inspiration in community with others engaging writing as spiritual practice. Focus on craft within the daily rhythm of life in a Benedictine monastery with generous time allowed for solitude and renewal. No experience necessary. All levels welcome. Facilitators: Nancy Collins-Warner and Cheryl Johnson. Suggested donation: $425 single/ $355 each shared

You don’t have to be a writer to attend, all levels of writers are welcome to join us.


“I am in retreat with Esther deWaal, who says, ‘If poetry is the way you pray, you had better pay attention!’ I engaged with Poetry as Spiritual Practice (McDowell) during a three-week writer’s retreat. I take Advanced Poetry Writing with a poet, practice the craft. I sort through making poems as my spiritual practice, and the siren-song of “becoming a poet” as defined by literary culture. I become more intuitive. I am clearer and surer about my spiritual path. Every day I put pen to paper. Sometimes I seek clarification, revelation. Sometimes the gift of inspiration is given. I am always grateful.” ~ Nancy Collins-Warner

“After a career in teaching, I am now retired and can write at leisure. It is both a blessing and a terror. It came home one morning as I composed a poem—what am I writing for? Not for tenure. Not for a journal. I kept writing. Like a rustling in the brush, a presence arose and something shifted. My pilgrimage began. Since then, I have explored word, image and how spiritual practice raises questions: what does it mean that we are created in God’s image? How does the Eucharist reflect practice? Do I create with the Divine? Do rite and solitude enhance creativity?  How does the in-dwelling Spirit reveal the holy?” ~ Cheryl Johnson