Suggested Donation
  • Journaling - 1 person – $570.00
  • Journaling - 2 people – $980.00

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:
Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19, 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.
Check-out is after the midday meal.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Rd.Cottonwood, ID 83522

Contact: Tiffany McWilliams

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Journaling: The Sanctuary of the Heart

With Cheryl Johnson and Tim Oberholzer

July 15 - 19, 2024

What is sacred space?  How do you enter it?  What are you being invited into?  How will you greet the Divine shining through this transparent world?

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.

We will support your journaling these sacred landscapes with thoughtful prompts in morning sessions.  Your afternoons are free and spacious.  In the evenings we’ll gather to share what we have welcomed into our journal sanctuaries.


Cheryl Johnson
Now that I’m retired from teaching, when someone asks, what do you do?  I answer, Write, as a spiritual practice.  The reaction is usually, Oh, you’re a writer then.  Yes and no.  I don’t write for tenure now, or my name in lights.  I contemplate world and word, waiting for a spark to light and invite the experience of awakening.  For me, writing seeks to engage a deeper current in life, not just the horizontal hubbub, but a vertical exchange that informs it even when the ember seems buried deep in ashes.  I seek to honor the mystery of Creation,…
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Tim Oberholzer
Tim Oberholzer is Executive Director of the Center for Benedictine Life. In addition to managing the operations of the CBL, Tim facilitates in-person retreats and on-line programs. Tim also accompanies others as 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…
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