Suggested Donations
  • Forgiveness : 1-person – $310.00
  • Forgiveness : 2-people shared – $540.00
  • Forgiveness : Commuter – $135.00

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:
Tuesday, July 9 - Thursday, July 11, 2024
Check-in from 1:30 - 4:30 pm.
Supper served at 5:30 pm.
The first session begins at 7:00 pm.
Depart at 1:00 pm, after the midday meal.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID, USA

Contact: Tiffany McWilliams

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With Terese Luikens

July 9 - 11, 2024

Real relationships are messy. They are times of miscommunication, misunderstanding, unmet expectations, and hurt feelings. More often than not though, the people closest to us do not set their sights on trying to make our lives miserable. But sometimes, when their misery cannot be contained, it spills out all over those who are closest to them.  The greatest challenge for those who get splattered by another’s misery is to avoid blame, to refrain from bitterness and to resist revenge.

Has a person or an event of the past shattered your hope for the future? In the aftermath of a traumatic event, emotional stability is challenging. Ignoring trauma or loss never makes the pain go away. Silence only adds to the pain. Recovering from such an event may include coming to terms with one’s own anger, blame, and resentment. A liberal dose of forgiveness is what our wounds cry out for. Where there is forgiveness, there is healing. In truth, when someone hurts you, forgiving them helps YOU heal.

In this retreat, we will explore anger, resentment, bitterness, defensiveness, grudges, and unforgiveness. We will give structure to forgiveness. And, we will ponder reconciliation.

Additionally, we will offer a yoga session Wednesday morning. All are welcome to participate. If you are an experienced yogi, feel free to bring your own yoga mat. We will have extras for those who might need them.


Terese Luikens
Terese Luikens is the author of A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness, a Memoir of her inspiring journey of emotional healing from her father’s suicide. Terese publishes her own blog, Why Bother? She resides in Sandpoint, Idaho, and is still married, after forty years, to Luke, her husband. She is “Mom” to her three sons and “Grandma” to her two grandchildren.
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