Suggested Donation
  • Grateful Simplicity - 1 person – $290.00
  • Grateful Simplicity - 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, March 15 to Sunday, March 17, 2024
Check-in from 1:30 - 5:00 pm.
Supper is served at 5:30 pm.
The first session begins at 6:30 pm.
The final session concludes before 11:30 am.
Depart at 1:00 pm after midday dinner.

Location: Spirit Center

Address: 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID, USA

Contact: Tiffany McWilliams

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Grateful Simplicity

With Julie Ferraro, Obl.S.B.

March 15 - 17, 2024

Lent presents marvelous opportunities for spiritual housecleaning, to refresh the way we look at God, at ourselves, at others, and at the world.

Using concepts drawn from Benedictine and Franciscan spirituality, this holistic retreat will provide suggestions and insights about decluttering body, mind, and soul, shaking the dust off old ideas, and rearranging what is important, in order to move forward on a journey of gratitude, with openness and awareness that every experience, every person we meet, can teach us valuable lessons that bring us closer to God.


Spirit Center and the Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery of St. Gertrude present three retreats based on the monastery’s mission statement. Each retreat explores a core value of the Monastery of St. Gertrude mission are applicable in all settings for individuals, families, churches, workplaces, and any other place where two or more are gathered. The retreats stand alone; participation in one does not require participation in the others.

Monastery of St. Gertrude Mission

Eager to welcome God’s transforming power in ourselves and our world, we, the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, seek God together through monastic profession and respond in healing hospitality, grateful simplicity, and creative peacemaking.


Julie Ferraro, Obl.S.B.
Julie A. Ferraro is a Benedictine Oblate of the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, Idaho. She has studied both Franciscan and Benedictine spirituality since the 1970s, and has a background in journalism and communications extending over 30 years. She currently uses her communication and other skills in service to various organizations within the Benedictine family, including the Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery of St. Gertrude.
Learn more about Julie Ferraro, Obl.S.B.