• Stability - 1 person – $290.00
  • Stability - 2 people – $500.00

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, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2024
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 concludes by 11:30 am.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Rd.Cottonwood, ID 83522

Contact: Tiffany McWilliams

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Rooted: A Monastic Stability Retreat

With Sr. Elisa Martinez, OSB

May 31 - June 2, 2024

The novice to be received comes before all in the oratory and promises stabilityfidelity to the monastic way of life, and obedience. This is done in the presence of God and the saints. — Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 58:17-18

Benedictine stability is a vow to live in a particular place and with particular people for life. It is a commitment to meet challenging times with courage and steadfastness. In truth, we are all called to an “emotional stability which is the attitude of the heart that brings us to learn from life, rather than bolt from its strings” (Joan Chittister). When we rush from place to place, job to job, relationship to relationship we remain forever on the surface of life. When we put down roots we find time. We learn about ourselves and others. We grow emotionally, spiritually, and communally.

During these retreat days, we will reflect on the teachings of Benedict that call us to stability. We will consider the meaning of stability in everyday life. We will ask ourselves:

  • Which beliefs do I need to hold onto? How do I hold onto them?
  • How do I live out stability? In my home? In my place of work?
  • What does stability have to do with my spiritual and psychological growth?
  • How do I practice stability in a world that is in constant change?


The Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery of St. Gertrude and Spirit Center present three retreats based on the vows of Benedictine life: stability, fidelity to the monastic way of life, and obedience. Each retreat explores one vow and its applicability for individuals, families, churches, workplaces, and any other community. The retreats stand alone; participation in one does not require participation in the others.


Sr. Elisa Martinez, OSB
Sister Elisa Martinez dedicated over thirty years to providing high-risk youth and their families with alternatives to gangs, drugs, and violence. Her ministry has taken her through dangerous streets, fractured homes, and to El Salvador where she and her colleague Father Stan Bosch journeyed with Catholic Charity Caritas staff to provide healing in the gang-afflicted country. Sister Elisa holds a Master of Social Work and lives “on mission” in Los Angeles where she has ministered in the barrios for many years.
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