Spirit Center

Spirit Center

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Covid-19 Update: Guests will be able to experience the prayerful atmosphere and beautiful setting of St. Gertrude’s while still observing social distancing. The gathering spaces will be arranged so people can stay six feet apart. All guests must wear masks outside their rooms. Guests may not attend Mass and prayer nor dine with the sisters. Meals will take place in Spirit Center. Farmhouse guests will cook their own meals. For questions about Spirit Center activities call 208-962-2000 or email spirit-center@stgertrudes.org.

Upcoming Retreats 

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The Creative Word, July 12-16, 2021
Monday 7:00 p.m. to Friday 1:30 p.m.

This retreat is full. Please call 208-962-2000 to be put on the waiting list.  

Engage your call to write and explore new sources of inspiration in community with others seeking to go deeper with their writing. Focus on your craft within the daily rhythm of life in a Benedictine monastery with generous time allowed for solitude and renewal. Facilitators: Ched Johnson and Nancy Collins-Warner. Suggested donation: $425 single/ $355 each shared.

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The sisters of St. Gertrude will be relocating to Spirit Center during the remodel of the Monastery annex November 2020 to May 2021. We will not be hosting overnight retreats during that time, but watch our website for announcements of one-day retreats and workshops.

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Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort, TBD, initial retreat

StBenedictExplore how the Benedictine monastic life can be lived by ordinary people seeking God in their everyday lives. Learn how to integrate monastic prayer, values, and structures into a life outside of traditional monastic living. This nine-month cohort program begins with a directed retreat, followed by intensive remote instruction, a midway retreat, and a concluding retreat. Suggested donation: $1420 single

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DIY Retreats: Make a Retreat from Work or Home

onlineretreatA retreat is always a time to get away from our daily routine and take some special time for ourselves and to spend some time with God and deepening our faith life. Although it is nice to be able to go away for a retreat, this isn’t always possible. The online retreat is designed for people who want to make a retreat but aren’t able to get away. You can make this retreat without leaving your home or office. FREE.

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About Your Retreat

All retreat prices include all meals and lodging.

For directions to Spirit Center visit GETTING HERE. When you arrive please drive up to the Spirit Center door and unload your luggage. We can then direct you to one of our three parking lots in addition to our two handicapped parking spaces next to the Spirit Center building.

Please arrive between the designated check in times for your retreat. If you are not able to arrive between those times, please call us at 208-962-2000 to make special arrangements.

All bedding and towels are provided. You will need to bring only your own toiletries and blow dryer if needed.

Cell phone coverage varies with provider. Most retreatants can get cell phone coverage.

To insure a restful stay, we encourage you not to bring your computers.

Spirit Center is a great place to relax and quiet your mind. We do not have televisions in our rooms but we do have libraries available.

Spirit Center is a smoke-free facility and does not have accommodations for personal pets. We do have a covered outside area where guests can go to smoke.

We do not have specific dress codes for guests at the Monastery. The sisters usually dress casually.

There may be other individuals or groups using Spirit Center during your stay. We ask that you maintain the quiet atmosphere. Please step outside of buildings and away from other guests when making cell phone calls.

The emergency contact number for your stay is 208-962-3224, the Monastery of St. Gertrude.

The Monastery of St. Gertrude is located on 150 acres of land. Consider bringing your walking shoes for wandering on our hill during your free time here.

Our Historical Museum is open from 9:00 – 4:30 Monday – Saturday. Admittance fee is $6 for adults. This world-class museum preserves the history of our North Central Idaho area and features special collections on Polly Bemis, Winifred Rhoades, and Buckskin Bill.

Our gift shop is located in the Welcome Center at the Historical Museum and features items made here at the Monastery as well as sacramental gifts, books on Benedictine spirituality, and books by sister authors.

Please note our PHOTO POLICY: We take photos of retreats and events for use in promoting our programs at Spirit Center. If you participate in any event, a photo that includes you may be used on the website, in brochures or in flyers.

More Information

Call 208-962-2000 or email spirit-center@stgertrudes.org.