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Safety Protocols

We are open for facilitated, group, and individual retreats. To keep everyone safe, we established Covid safety protocols and guests will be asked to sign a Covid-19 Expectations Agreement upon arrival.


Individual Retreat

Flexible Dates
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
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.

A Watercolor Journey II

With Pearl Maxner

September 14 - 16, 2021
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Take the next step toward becoming a confident watercolorist. Revisit the techniques learned in "A Watercolor Journey" and move forward to new skills. Any beginner class will serve as a prerequisite for this retreat. All materials provided.

A Sip of Silence

With Spirituality Ministry Team

October 8 - 10, 2021
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
For those fearing to drink a full cup of silence or not able to schedule a longer time, this retreat provides a shorter version of our "Come to the Quiet" retreats. A dipper of silence may deepen your thirst for more.

Introduction to Centering Prayer

With Donna Kreiensieck

November 5 - 7, 2021
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Experience a contemplative prayer form that has the potential to transform your spiritual life. This introductory retreat will provide the background and fundamentals of Centering Prayer and teach how to develop a continuing practice.

Silence the Christmas Noise

Flexible Dates
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Set aside a few days for calm, quiet Advent reflection this year. You are worth this gift of time away from the holiday rush, to prepare yourself for the true meaning of Christmas.

Come to the Quiet

With Spirituality Ministry Team

January 28 - February 4, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Come away for a silent, individually directed retreat with optional faith sharing, creative expression, body prayer, and ritual. Relax in God's presence, surrounded by natural beauty and supported by a praying community.

Living Art: A Creative Cohort

With Theresa Henson

February 7 - 11, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
…to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light. ~ Hildegard of Bingen The heart creates. We all receive the gift of life in a tangible world and — animated by curiosity and love — we transform what we can touch into expressions of the heart, giving back to the creator that created us. In this 12-week program, you will focus on developing a lived practice of creating, learning that our expressions do not reside across some great chasm of limitations but are as near to us as anything within reach and as…

The Sacred Art of Traditional Iconography

With Fr. Damian Higgins

February 21 - 25, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
"Holy icons direct us toward the Divine." Fr. Damian Higgins is an iconographer whose works are featured around the world. Don't miss this encounter with sacred Christian art using traditional egg tempera. Materials provided; no experience is necessary.

Lenten Yoga Journey

With Kay Totten

March 4 - 6, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Strengthening our Lenten journey through the spiritual discipline of Yoga.

A Watercolor Journey

With Pearl Maxner

March 8 - 10, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Explore watercolor painting with step-by-step instructions on the use of color and light and capturing mood and emotion. Paint with confidence and trust God in the flowing of color in your life. For beginning to intermediate painters. All supplies provided.

Hearts on Fire: The Medieval Mystics and Their Spirituality

With Sr. Mary Forman, OSB

March 25 - 27, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Monastic women who experienced God as visionaries and/or mystics serve as powerful teachers for a loving relationship with God.

Centering Prayer Intensive

With Donna Kreiensieck

April 4 - 10, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Enhance your contemplative prayer life and expand the fundamentals of your Centering Prayer practice through this intensive weeklong retreat in a quiet, transformative setting.