Suggested Donation
  • $1,750.00 – Living as a Monk Cohort

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.

Schedule: Monday, August 22 - Sunday, August 26, 2022
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.
Depart at 1:00 pm, following the midday meal.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID, 83522

Contact: Sr. Teresa Jackson

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Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort

With Sr. Teresa Jackson, OSB

August 22 - 28, 2022

Many people today are discovering a deep hunger for God at their core.  The ancient Benedictine monastic tradition is a way of life designed to help people live a life focused on God. In this nine-month program, we will focus on how ordinary people can integrate Benedictine monastic prayer, values and structures into their lives outside of a monastery.

The program begins with a week-long retreat at the Monastery of St. Gertrude.  Over the next nine months participants will take online classes in Benedictine spirituality, participate in online discussions with other participants, explore suggested readings and do regular integration/reflection exercises.  The program will consist of four separate units: 1) the spiritual journey; 2) Benedictine prayer; 3) values and structures of Benedictine life; and 4) reading the Rule of Benedict. The emphasis throughout the program will be on developing a sense of community and mutual support between participants.

There is a retreat midway in winter (Jan. 13-16, 2023) and a final retreat (May 8-14, 2023) that will focus upon the development of your own “rule of life” based on the insights from the previous nine months.

Participation in “Living as a Monk in Everyday Life” will be limited to eight people who will be accepted through an application process. A donation of $1,750 will cover the retreats, food, lodging and program costs after acceptance into the cohort program.


Sr. Teresa Jackson, OSB
Sister Teresa was elected prioress of the monastic community at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in November 2023. She made her first monastic profession in 2000 and began working in retreat ministry. As part of an outreach program, she traveled across Idaho, Washington, and Oregon facilitating retreats as well as organizing meaningful experiences for often overlooked groups – parish secretaries and women pastors, for example – at the monastery. In 2007-8, Sister Teresa earned her Certificate in Monastic Studies from St. John’s University in Minnesota. She previously served as co-coordinator of the monastery’s oblate community and co-director of the Oblates…
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