Spirit Center – Hosting Your Group

Spirit Center


Spirit CenterSpirit Center is a 21,800 square foot, state-of-the-art retreat facility located on the beautifully secluded, historic Monastery of St. Gertrude. Located on 150 acres of wild, scenic Camas Prairie country, the site offers views of Gospel-Hump Wilderness and Seven Devils mountains. Constructed in 2005 using multiple sustainable building techniques, Spirit Center was carefully engineered to leave as small an ecological footprint as possible.


Visionary Design

Johanna RoomSpirit Center was designed for flexibility and is able to accommodate your large or small group in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. Our largest meeting room holds up to 120 participants in theater-style seating or 80 people at tables. Other meeting rooms provide break-out space and adaptive configurations, including soft seating and informal group spaces.

Spirit Center comfortably accommodates up to 44 overnight guests. The 22 double-occupancy rooms feature private bathrooms with showers, one double bed or two twin beds, desks and rocking chairs. One room is handicap-accessible. Bedding, linens and homemade lap quilts add the comforts of home for your retreat or meeting participants. An elevator offers easy access to all three residential floors and each floor includes a lounge and kitchenette .

A galley kitchen provides space for your group to prepare and serve snacks or light meals. Visitors may choose to share delicious home-cooked meals with the sisters in the Monastery dining room. Other amenities include guest library, laundry room, chapel, outgoing mail service, and public computer.

Spirit Center provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Guests are invited to explore the Monastery forest. The Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers are just minutes away.


retreat antsPeace and Inspiration

This peaceful and inspirational setting makes Spirit Center the ideal location for your next meeting or retreat. Previous retreats have included team-building encounters, off-site strategic planning meetings, church groups and organizations, and educational workshops.

Contact our Hospitality Coordinator for more information about holding your group’s next meeting or retreat at Spirit Center: Call 208-962-2000 or email spirit-center@stgertrudes.org.


“It was great. In fact I would definitely plan on using the facility again. My only complaint was that we didn’t stay longer. The staff was courteous, the food was great and the views from the top of the hill were worth the hike.” -Mike Howell, University of Idaho Extension

“Spirit Center is an ideal place to hold a retreat or training. The beautiful and peaceful setting provides an opportunity for attendees to take a deep breath and open their hearts and minds to new learning and insight.” -Lisa Stoddard, Community Action

“Each time we come here the setting, the hospitality, deep rest and peace at Spirit Center help make change for the better possible. We have been able to weave your Benedictine values of simplicity, hospitality and peace into our LCSC Yoga Retreat and our lives. Thank you.” -Meredith Robbins, Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology, Lewis-Clark State College and Jeanette Gara-Betzold, TRIO Program Retention Specialist



Ready to register? Call 208-962-2000 or email spirit-center@stgertrudes.org to confirm your dates. Once you have your dates, please register with this form.


Information for Hosted Group Leaders

Please let us know what time you plan to arrive for set up on the day of your event so that we may be here ready to assist.

If your stay includes overnight accommodations please plan to arrive a minimum of 1 hour prior to the arrival of your participants. This will allow you time to assign your guests to rooms and familiarize yourself with the information you need to tell your participants upon arrival.

To make your stay more comfortable, we would appreciate the opportunity to welcome your group and provide orientation information. Please allow us 10 minutes at the beginning of your agenda for us to do so.

Coffee, tea, cocoa, and Tang are included with the cost of the meeting room. You are welcome to bring in additional snacks for your participants. Or snacks can be provided for a small charge. Call 962-2000 for more information.

If you will be sharing the noon meal in the sisters’ dining room, please plan on breaking at 10 minutes to 12 so that we can escort you to the dining room. If you will be here for an evening meal, please plan to break by 5:20 p.m. for the 5:30 p.m. supper or 4:50 p.m. for the 5:00 p.m. supper on Saturday.

Will you need lodging accommodations for your presenter(s) or others the night before or after your meeting? Please let us know and we can check availability for you at our Spirit Center.