Suggested Donation
  • Creative Peacemaking - Single – $290.00
  • Creative Peacemaking - Shared – $500.00
  • Creative Peacemaking - Commuter – $125.00

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, July 21 - Sunday, July 23, 2023
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, after the midday meal.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID, 83522

Contact: Tiffany McWilliams

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Creative Peacemaking

With Sr. Elisa Martinez, OSB

July 21 - 23, 2023

In today’s world, we are being exposed to many faces of violence. Poverty, climate change, nuclear weapons, refugee rights, preparation and response to future pandemics, Healthcare crisis, LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, disinformation, freedom of the press, violence within our school, families, and communities, mass shootings, corruption, just to name a few.

In light of this reality, how do we regain our inner peace and what is our role as peacemakers? During this weekend experience, we hope to discover ways to gain some inner peace and become peacemakers within our family, our neighborhoods, and our world communities.


Spirit Center and 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.


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.
Learn more about Sr. Elisa Martinez, OSB