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Safety Protocols

We are open for facilitated, group, and individual retreats as of May 2. To ensure a successful reopening and 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.

Centering Prayer Intensive

With Donna Kreiensieck

June 28 - July 3, 2021
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.

Praying with Jesus

With Sr. Meg Sass, OSB

July 19 - 21, 2021
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Join us for an interactive, response retreat that explores the many ways Jesus prayed, especially with the Psalms. We will pray in these ways as well.

Come to the Quiet

With Spirituality Ministry Team

July 23 - 30, 2021
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 as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort

With Sr. Teresa Jackson, OSB

August 16 - 22, 2021
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
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. …

A Watercolor Journey II

With Pearl Maxner

September 14 - 16, 2021
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Explore watercolor painting with step-by-step instructions. Paint with confidence and trust God in the flowing of color in your life. For beginning to intermediate painters.

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.

Embracing the Artistic Call: A Cohort Program for Exploring the Mystery of the Creative Experience

With EAC Facilitation Team

February 7 - 11, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap. We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light. ~ Hildegard of Bingen Embracing the Artistic Call is…