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Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Spirit Centers offers contemplative space for learning, renewal, and crucial conversation with others for a better world. Sometimes that means taking private time in silence and nature. Sometimes that means a group retreat to express or deepen spiritual longings. Sometimes that means sitting in safe conversation with the Holy Spirit and a spiritual director. If you aren't sure which is appropriate now, give them a gift certificate and let them choose their path.

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.

Silence the Christmas Noise 2022

Flexible Dates
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Private Retreats: November 27 - December 18, 2022 Set aside a few days for calm, quiet Advent reflection this year. You are worth this gift of time away from the holiday rush, to prepare yourself for the true meaning of Christmas.

Advent Anticipation :: Look!

With Sr. Meg Sass, OSB

December 7, 2022
Spirit Center - Johanna Room
Tell John, the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the Good News preached to them.

Advent Anticipation :: ACT

With Sr. Meg Sass, OSB

December 14, 2022
Spirit Center - Johanna Room
Do not be afraid, Joseph, to take Mary as your wife. You will name (the Child) Jesus, Emmanuel.

L.I.V.E. – Radical Spirit

With Tim Oberholzer

January 10 - April 4, 2023
This 13-week journey provides an opportunity to delve into one chapter of Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister, OSB, each week. Via 1-hour Zoom sessions, Tuesdays, 6-7 pm (Pacific) 9-10 pm (Eastern), our group will share thoughts and impressions of the chapter. We will explore the relevance and applicability of each step of humility as lived in "ordinary" circumstances.

Come to the Quiet

With Spirituality Ministry Team

January 27 - February 3, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Come away for a silent, individually directed retreat with optional faith sharing, creative expression, body prayer, and ritual. Relax in God's presence, surrounded by natural beauty and supported by a praying community.

L.I.V.E. – Virtue is “Easy”

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

February 3, 2023
Fourth-century bishop John Chrysostom frequently tells his congregants that virtue is easy, so they should just be virtuous. He means it, too. For Chrysostom, virtue is simply a matter of choice. We are free and able to make choices about our actions, and therefore we are responsible for our actions. Come explore how our freedom to choose makes us responsible and how we can think of virtue as simply a matter of choice in each moment. Together we will decide if this breaking down into smaller moments actually makes virtue easy and is a helpful way to think or if…

L.I.V.E. – Healing Hospitality in Scripture and Rule of Benedict

With Sr. Mary Forman, OSB

February 9, 2023
Often people, who have experienced tragedy or acute suffering, blame themselves or argue that they must have done something wrong that the tragedy happened to them.  This session will explore the common reasons given for suffering that try to explain why God wants us to suffer and why these reasons fail to ease the sufferer. Sr. Mary will explore the two major strands of attitudes toward suffering and healing in the Jewish Scriptures; Jesus’ attitudes toward illness and his healing ministry; Benedict’s teaching on hospitality and “the medicine of divine scripture” (RB 28.3).  Three healing stories in the New Testament…

The Sacred Art of Traditional Iconography

With Fr. Damian Higgins

February 13 - 17, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
"Holy icons direct us toward the Divine." Fr. Damian Higgins is an iconographer whose works are featured around the world. Don't miss this encounter with sacred Christian art using traditional egg tempera. Materials provided; no experience is necessary.

Lenten Yoga Journey

With Kay Totten

February 24 - 26, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Strengthening our Lenten journey through the spiritual discipline of Yoga. Lent can be an excellent time to ponder on the spiritual disciplines that have strengthened our internal journey. The practice of Yoga is a discipline with a rich and long history. Allowing ourselves to increasingly surrender our practice of Yoga into a “prayer language and dance” can lead us further into what can be a rich and fruitful Lenten journey which can continue long after our Easter Joy returns.

Healing Hospitality

With Sr. Meg Sass, OSB

March 3 - 5, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Jesus described the Kingdom as a place where "the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the Good news brought to them." Over and over he included people, in his family, at his meals, in his circle of friends. All felt welcome, at home. We'll look at how the healing and feeding stories of the Gospel play out in our lives and the ways we extend them to others.

A Watercolor Journey

With Pearl Maxner

March 7 - 9, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Explore watercolor painting with step-by-step instructions on the use of color and light and capturing mood and emotion. Paint with confidence and trust God in the flowing of color in your life.

Centering Prayer Intensive

With Donna Kreiensieck

March 13 - 19, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Enhance your contemplative prayer life and expand the fundamentals of your Centering Prayer practice through this intensive weeklong retreat in a quiet, transformative setting.

L.I.V.E. – The Role of Monasticism in Church History

With Dr. Samantha L. Miller

March 24, 2023
Christians began separating themselves from society in the late third and early fourth centuries in order to demonstrate their commitment to Christ and a way of life that is different from the prevailing culture. This is especially true after Christianity gains power. Soon thereafter some of these Christians formed monasteries and lived this separate life communally. We will explore the place that monasteries have had in church history as anchors of faith in the midst of an often turbulent world: town centers, places of prayer for the world, places of education, places that quietly witness to God and preserve faith…

Discovering Your Soul Potential: A Retreat on the Breakthrough Enneagram

With Sr. Barbara Jean Glodowski, OSB

April 18 - 20, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
“I cannot even understand my own actions.  I do not do what I want to do but what I hate.” -- Romans 7:15   The Enneagram is a spiritual wisdom tradition that was widely used by the desert Elders of the Christian church along with mystics and theologians who lived during the first five centuries AD. The Hurley/Dobson Breakthrough Enneagram Retreat is a refreshingly new and easy way to learn the Enneagram.  It presents the Enneagram in the simple language of thinking, feeling, and doing, which are the three centers of intelligence we use every day.  It answers the age-old…

Hearts on Fire: The Medieval Mystics and Their Spirituality

With Sr. Mary Forman, OSB

May 5 - 7, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Monastic women who experienced God as visionaries and/or mystics serve as powerful teachers for a loving relationship with God.

Dream Tending – An Invitation to Spiritual Growth

With Amy Curran

May 22 - 25, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Dreams are meant to provide healing and create wholeness for us, according to author and Dreamworker, Jeromy Taylor. In fact, dreams can be seen as, ‘Unopened Letters From God’, like the book title suggests, from Rev. Robert L. Haden Jr, of the Haden Dream Institute. If we are willing to ‘open’ and explore our nocturnal dreams thru deep spiritual listening, like the prophets who were guided by their dreams, we may hear what God is saying to us.

Exploring Nature’s Gifts

With Sr. Carlotta Fontes, OSB

June 29 - July 2, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Discover what ancient herbal wisdom has to show us today. Learn how to identify and harvest herbs in order to make herbal teas, salve, and more. The retreat activities will take participants onto the Monastery of St. Gertrude hillside for hands-on experience. Come ready to hike, dig, and get dirty! Tools and materials provided.

Creative Peacemaking

With Sr. Elisa Martinez, OSB

July 21 - 23, 2023
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
In today’s world, we are being exposed to many faces of violence. Poverty, climate change, nuclear weapons, refugee rights, preparation and response to future pandemics, Healthcare crisis, LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, disinformation, freedom of the press, violence within our school, families, and communities, mass shootings, corruption, just to name a few. In light of this reality, how do we regain our inner peace and what is our role as peacemakers? During this weekend experience, we hope to discover ways to gain some inner peace and become peacemakers within our family, our neighborhoods, and our world communities.   Spirit…

Redefining Retirement: A Spiritual Practice

With Sr. Barbara Jean Glodowski, OSB

October 10 - 12, 2023
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.