Spirit Center Retreats

Individual Retreat

Flexible Dates
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
St. Benedict said, “Listen with the ear of your heart.” Why? It is this type of listening that allows the hearing of divine wisdom and inspiration that guides our lives into ever-increasing fullness, peace, and joy. But sometimes the noise and blur of life make that difficult. That is why we offer you the opportunity to come to Spirit Center and listen.

Come to the Quiet

With Spirituality Ministry Team

June 7 - 14, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Relax in God's presence, surrounded by natural beauty and supported by a praying community. Experience a week of silence for your heart, soul, mind, and body. Let go and listen deeply. Come To The Quiet retreatants stay in a private room with a private bathroom, receive three meals a day, and access all of Spirit Center's amenities. Included Optional Offerings: Readings and images to spark your reflection Conversations with a spiritual director Communal prayer with the sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude T'ai Chi body prayer with Sr. Carlotta Mid-retreat sharing Group art creation of a sand mandala

Diffusions – Monastic Land Stewardship: Caring for the Earth in Troubled Times

With Jason M. Brown, Samuel Torvend, Brenna Cussen-Anglada, Douglas Burton-Christie and Sr. Carol Ann Wassmuth, OSB

June 8 - August 10, 2024
ZOOM
This webinar series will focus on exploring the perspectives of contemplative and monastic communities on the ethics of care for the land. Through both historical and current examples, the speakers will discuss the relationship between the vow of stability and sense of place, the virtue of simplicity as an environmental ethic, work and prayer (Ora et Labora) as ecological theology, and Lectio Terra as embodied spirituality. The speakers will highlight the quiet environmental justice and conservation work that is happening on monastic lands all over North America.

Diffusions – Praying with the Desert Mothers : Heralds in the Desert

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

June 12, 2024
Zoom
Looking closely at the sayings and lives of the desert saints, we think about their particular spiritual practices, what those practices lead to, and how we might imitate these practices in our own lives. Come see what our new friends can teach us about spiritual formation in this final part of our spring desert saints series!

Exploring Nature’s Gifts

With Sr. Carlotta Fontes, OSB

June 27 - 30, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
“Our backyard is an abundant source of God’s gift of healing plants to us.” Discover what ancient herbal wisdom has to show us today. Learn how to identify and harvest herbs in order to make herbal teas, salves, and more. The retreat activities will take participants onto the Monastery of St. Gertrude hillside for hands-on experience.

Forgiveness

With Terese Luikens

July 9 - 11, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Has a person or an event of the past shattered your hope for the future? In the aftermath of a traumatic event, emotional stability is challenging. Ignoring trauma or loss never makes the pain go away. Silence only adds to the pain. Recovering from such an event may include coming to terms with one’s own anger, blame, and resentment. A liberal dose of forgiveness is what our wounds cry out for. Where there is forgiveness, there is healing. In truth, when someone hurts you, forgiving them helps YOU heal.

Journaling: The Sanctuary of the Heart

With Cheryl Johnson and Tim Oberholzer

July 15 - 19, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
The Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery of St. Gertrude welcomes the monastery of your heart.  Here, the quest within and the world without join hands.  Prompts of the Spirit and their counterparts in key moments, find a voice in the sanctuary of your journal, the sanctuary of the heart.  Journaling, Joan Chittister says, is an “x-ray of your soul.”  It gets beneath our facades to the bone, blood, tissue, and the spiritual depths they house.  Journals are intimate explorings of the pain and beauty hidden in our exterior and interior landscapes.

A Sip of Silence

With Spirituality Ministry Team

July 26 - 28, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
For those unsure about drinking a full cup of silence or not able to schedule a longer time, this retreat provides a shorter version of our "Come to the Quiet" retreats. A dipper of silence may deepen your thirst for more.

Body Prayer

With Julie Ann Horras and Meredith Robbins

August 16 - 18, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Body Prayer retreat will satisfy your need for peaceful solitude at the beautiful Center for Benedictine Life and give opportunity to experience a fulfilling way to pray with your whole BEING!

Diffusions – Praying with the Desert Mothers : Desert as Idyllic Garden

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

September 4, 2024
Zoom
Looking closely at the sayings and lives of the desert saints, we think about their particular spiritual practices, what those practices lead to, and how we might imitate these practices in our own lives. Come see what our new friends can teach us about spiritual formation in this final part of our spring desert saints series!

Introduction to Centering Prayer

With Donna Kreiensieck and Marti Taylor

September 20 - 22, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
This weekend Centering Prayer retreat provides an introduction to the practice of Centering Prayer.  This retreat will provide the background and fundamentals of Centering Prayer and teach how to develop a continuing practice. During the retreat, one is held in prayer by the sisters of St. Gertrude’s Benedictine community located on the Camas Prairie in Central Idaho.  The Spirit Center offers a quiet setting to support your retreat; including private rooms with baths, meals, daily prayer with the sisters and/or Eucharist, hiking trails, museum and gift shop. “As silence deepens, it transforms into Divine Presence in contemplative prayer.  This pervasive…

A Watercolor Journey II

With Pearl Maxner

September 24 - 26, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Surrounded by the prayer and peace of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, take the next step toward becoming a confident watercolorist. Revisit the basics techniques learned in "A Watercolor Journey" or similar beginner class and move forward to new skills.

The Spiritual Discipline of Contemporary Iconography

With Kara Gillette

October 10 - 16, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Throughout this 5-day retreat, instructor Kara Gillette will provide detailed instruction and guidance, as well as individual support. Participants will learn the art of iconography using a combination of traditional techniques and processes with the aid of modern materials such as acrylic paint and 23kt patent gold. 

Diffusions – Praying with the Desert Mothers : The Pearl of Great Price

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

October 16, 2024
Zoom
Looking closely at the sayings and lives of the desert saints, we think about their particular spiritual practices, what those practices lead to, and how we might imitate these practices in our own lives. Come see what our new friends can teach us about spiritual formation in this final part of our spring desert saints series!

Redefining Retirement: A Spiritual Practice

With Sr. Barbara Jean Glodowski, OSB

October 22 - 24, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Whether already retired or preparing for retirement, you can redefine the way you live into the second half of your life through an examination of the wisdom of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Richard Johnson and the values of Benedictine spirituality. Explore the challenge with others on the journey.

An Attitude of Gratitude Yoga Retreat

With Kay Totten

November 5 - 7, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
November is a month when we naturally think of GRATITUDE as we near the time of Thanksgiving and the culmination of our summer and fall season activities.  This Yoga retreat will focus on our deep inner need to begin each day with an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE using the key themes of:  LIGHT, WARMTH, ENDINGS, RESILIENCE, AND BEAUTY.

Don’t Tell Me What To Do: A Monastic Obedience Retreat

With Tim Oberholzer

November 15 - 17, 2024
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
People often share that they would be a good fit for monastic life, "if it wasn't for that obedience thing." What is "that obedience thing?" Why is obedience considered onerous? What about "blind obedience?" Isn't that equally problematic? Where is the virtue in obedience? Let's find out together. For St. Benedict, obedience is much more than “doing what someone tells you to do.” We will consider Benedictine obedience as listening, gift, and spontaneity. We will also look at the motivations for (or against) obedience. In the Rule, Benedict offers fear, desire, love, and conversion as motives for obedience.

Diffusions – Praying with the Desert Mothers : Humility and the Manifestation of Thoughts

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

December 4, 2024
Zoom
Looking closely at the sayings and lives of the desert saints, we think about their particular spiritual practices, what those practices lead to, and how we might imitate these practices in our own lives. Come see what our new friends can teach us about spiritual formation in this final part of our spring desert saints series!

Diffusions – Praying with the Desert Mothers : Penthos and Tears – Signs of Conversion

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

February 5, 2025
Zoom
Looking closely at the sayings and lives of the desert saints, we think about their particular spiritual practices, what those practices lead to, and how we might imitate these practices in our own lives. Come see what our new friends can teach us about spiritual formation in this final part of our spring desert saints series!

Diffusions – Praying with the Desert Mothers : The Hidden Life

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

March 12, 2025
Zoom
Looking closely at the sayings and lives of the desert saints, we think about their particular spiritual practices, what those practices lead to, and how we might imitate these practices in our own lives. Come see what our new friends can teach us about spiritual formation in this final part of our spring desert saints series!

Diffusions – Praying with the Desert Mothers : Prayer and Hospitality

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

April 30, 2025
Zoom
Looking closely at the sayings and lives of the desert saints, we think about their particular spiritual practices, what those practices lead to, and how we might imitate these practices in our own lives. Come see what our new friends can teach us about spiritual formation in this final part of our spring desert saints series!