Your soul yearns to escape the everyday noise of your busy life. It longs to linger in a nurturing, quiet space where the voice of God can be heard, where you can acknowledge the whisperings of your heart.
On your own, with us.
St. Benedict said, “Listen with the ear of your heart.” Why? It is this type of listening that allows the hearing of divine wisdom and inspiration that guides our lives into ever increasing fullness, peace and joy. But sometimes the noise and blur of life make that difficult. That is why we offer you the opportunity to come to Spirit Center and listen.
Whether you have a few days or a few weeks, the intimate, contemplative atmosphere and support of a praying community invite you to hear.
Your private retreat may include praying with the monastic community, hiking the hillside trails, meditating in the chapel or simply basking in the sunshine that streams through the windows of our lobby. A personal retreat is your time, your space.
Individualizing your personal retreat:
You may wish to explore your relationships with God, self and others with the guidance of a certified spiritual director.
Suggested Donations (Includes Meals)
If you would like to schedule an individual retreat, please call 208-962-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your retreat with a staff member. Once you have your retreat dates, please register with this form.
About Your Stay
For directions to Spirit Center visit GETTING HERE. When you arrive please drive up to the Spirit Center door and unload your luggage. We can then direct you to one of our three parking lots in addition to our two handicapped parking spaces next to the Spirit Center building.
Please plan to arrive between 9:30 – 11:00 am or between 1:30 and 4:00 pm due to our prayer services and meal schedules. If this is not possible, please call so we can make special arrangements. A few days before your visit, please let us know when you expect to arrive. (208- 962-2000)
On your arrival date, if you are going to deviate from your planned arrival time, please call us so someone will be here to greet you.
All bedding and towels are provided. You will need to bring only your own toiletries and blow dryer if needed.
Cell phone coverage varies with provider. Since sounds carry please step outside of Spirit Center to make calls.
To insure a restful stay, we encourage you not to bring your computers.
The Spirit Center is a great place to relax and quiet your mind. We do not have televisions in our rooms but we do have libraries available.
There may be other individuals or groups using the Spirit Center during your stay. We ask that you maintain the quiet atmosphere. Please step outside of buildings and away from other guests when making cell phone calls.
The Spirit Center is a smoke-free facility and does not have accommodations for personal pets. We do have a covered outside area where guests can go to smoke.
There are no specific dress codes for guests at the Monastery. The sisters usually dress casually.
The Monastery of St. Gertrude is located on 150 acres of land. Consider bringing your walking shoes for wandering on our hill during your free time here.
Our Historical Museum is open from 9:00 – 4:30 Monday – Saturday. Admittance fee is $6 for adults. This world-class museum preserves the history of our North Central Idaho area and features special collections on Polly Bemis, Winifred Rhoades, and Buckskin Bill.
Our Gift Shop is located in the Welcome Center of the Historical Museum and features many items made by the sisters and oblates.
During your stay you may also want to meet with a Spiritual Director. Spiritual direction is a sacred time to talk about your relationships with God, self, and others. The director listens attentively and together you discern God’s movement in your life. Please arrange for Spiritual Direction, prior to your arrival, by contacting: Spirituality Ministry Coordinator: Sr. Lillian Englert, 208-962-2071, retreat at stgertrudes.org, Suggested Donation: $25 – $45/session