Spirit Center – Programs

Suggested Donation
  • Single Occupancy – $495.00
  • Shared Occupancy – $435.00

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and donors, we have scholarship funds available. If you are interested in a retreat and would like scholarship assistance, please call 208-962-2000.

Date & Time Details: Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Check-in from 1:30 - 5:00 pm.
Supper is served at 5:30 pm.
The first session begins at 7:00 pm.
The final session concludes by 11:30 am.
Check-out is after the midday meal.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Rd. Cottonwood, ID 83522

Marilyn Uhlenkott

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The Creative Word

With Cheryl Johnson

June 20 - 24, 2022

We are all writers at heart. Rooted in Benedictine values, the Creative Word retreat fosters a spiritual opening to the Word. Writing requires quiet listening, a deepening, not of craft but of heart. We welcome retreatants to write in a receptive community and explore new sources of inspiration with others engaging in writing as a spiritual practice. Our focus on craft occurs within the daily rhythm of life in a Benedictine monastery with generous time allowed for solitude and renewal.

The retreat theme is Pathways.

You don’t have to be a writer to attend, all levels of writers are welcome to join us.


Cheryl Johnson
“After a career in teaching, I am now retired and can write at leisure. It is both a blessing and a terror. It came home one morning as I composed a poem—what am I writing for? Not for tenure. Not for a journal. I kept writing. Like a rustling in the brush, a presence arose and something shifted. My pilgrimage began. Since then, I have explored word, image and how spiritual practice raises questions: what does it mean that we are created in God’s image? How does the Eucharist reflect practice? Do I create with the Divine? Do rite and…
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