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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.

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We are also aware that these times have created new spiritual hungers, griefs, and anxieties. To assist our mission of welcoming and serving you, we invite you to complete this confidential survey about how it’s going.


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.

The Sacred Art of Traditional Iconography

With Fr. Damian Higgins

May 24 - 28, 2021
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.

A Watercolor Journey

With Pearl Maxner

June 1 - 3, 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.

Hearts on Fire: The Medieval Mystics and Their Spirituality

With Sr. Mary Forman, OSB

June 4 - 6, 2021
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

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.