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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.

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.

Discovering Your Soul Potential: A Retreat on the Breakthrough Enneagram

With Sr. Barbara Jean Glodowski, OSB

January 7 - 9, 2022
Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude
“I cannot even understand my own actions.  I do not do what I want to do but what I hate.” -- Romans 7:15   The Enneagram is a spiritual wisdom tradition that was widely used by the desert Elders of the Christian church along with mystics and theologians who lived during the first five centuries AD. The Hurley/Dobson Breakthrough Enneagram Retreat is a refreshingly new and easy way to learn the Enneagram.  It presents the Enneagram in the simple language of thinking, feeling, and doing, which are the three centers of intelligence we use every day.  It answers the age-old…

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.

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.