Suggested Donation
  • Parables in Pictures - Single – $290.00
  • Parables in Pictures - Shared – $500.00
  • Commuter – $125.00

The suggested donation is the minimal amount needed to help us meet expenses. Those blessed with more may wish to contribute more and those who have less may give less.

Date & Time Details:
Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16, 2023
Check-in from 1:30 - 5:00 pm.
Supper is served at 5:30 pm.
The first session begins at 7:00 pm.
The final session will conclude before 11:30 am.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Rd.Cottonwood, ID 83522

Tiffany McWilliams

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Parables in Pictures

With Tim Oberholzer

July 14 - 16, 2023

Henri Nouwen demonstrates the practice of visio divina in his book The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. Visio divina applies the steps of lectio divina to images. Come encounter the parables of Jesus of Nazareth from a different perspective.

Together, we will look at artistic depictions of certain parables of Jesus. We will spend time simply looking at and experiencing each image. We will share initial noticings and impressions. Free time will be given to ponder more deeply.

Creativity in prayer and contemplation is encouraged! Perhaps you will be inspired to create your own image or rewrite the parable as you see it anew.

Optional preparation = Read Henri Nouwen’s book The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming


The Monastery of St. Gertrude embraces the mysteries of spiritual experience and artistic expression. We provide silence, time and space for discernment, humility and focus. We wish to help the creativity in all to flourish and deepen. Beauty comes not only from head and hand but also from heart and soul.


Tim Oberholzer
Tim Oberholzer directs Spirit Center, coordinates facilitated retreats, and is a spiritual director. Tim spent five and a half years as a Trappist monk at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Iowa.  Deep prayer and reflection led him to leave the community prior to making solemn profession. He moved to Idaho to be closer to his parents, discovering the Monastery of St. Gertrude through a job posting for the innkeeper position at the Inn at St. Gertrude. Tim earned a business degree from the University of Notre Dame, studied philosophy and theology at the University of St. Thomas, and completed the…
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