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  • $1,450.00 – Living as a Monk Cohort

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.

Schedule: Monday, August 16 - Sunday, August 22, 2021
Check-in from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
The first session begins at 7:00 pm.
The final session will conclude before 1:30 pm.

Location: Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude

Address: 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID, 83522

FULL: The 2021 Living as a Monk in Everyday Life cohort is full. Thank you for your interest in this program.

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Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort

With Sr. Teresa Jackson, OSB

August 16 - 22, 2021

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.  The program will consist of four separate units: 1) the spiritual journey; 2) Benedictine prayer; 3) values and structures of Benedictine life; and 4) reading the Rule of Benedict. The emphasis throughout the program will be on developing a sense of community and mutual support between participants.

There is a retreat midway in winter (Jan. 14-17, 2022) and a final retreat (May 16-22, 2022) that will focus upon the development of your own “rule of life” based on the insights from the previous nine months.

Participation in “Living as a Monk in Everyday Life” will be limited to eight people who will be accepted through an application process. A donation of $1,450 will cover the retreats, food, lodging and program costs after acceptance into the cohort program.


Sr. Teresa Jackson, OSB
Sister Teresa Jackson is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director. She has a Master’s in Spirituality and a Certificate in Monastic Studies.
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