St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E. ~ Postcards from the Edge

St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E. > Postcard Retreat

Postcards from the Edge: Writing Our Way Home

a postcard writer’s retreat during the month of October


Join us for a four-week creative retreat from the comfort of your home.  Each week you’ll receive a packet of hand-assembled/designed materials in your mailbox. You will practice centering and reflect on Benedictine values for thoughtful living in the everyday world. Writing prompts will encourage you to go deeper in a brief space. The lowly postcard: you’ll engage the quirky and the unexpected, chase memories, and attend to the present moment. Art prompts and suggested pieces of music will enhance your exploration. You’ll write your way home. All materials provided; you only need to open. Say YES to this adventure!

Sliding scale fee: $25-$40, maximum 20 participants


Cheryl Johnson

I am a retired teacher and a truth-seeker.  I have taken many retreats at the Monastery of St. Gertrude (incl Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort; Embracing the Artistic Call and Come to the Quiet) and I helped facilitate the Creative Word (with Nancy Collins-Warner and Theresa Henson).  I am a Novice in the St Gertrude’s Oblate program.  Postcard-writing distills meaning in the present moment. For me, God is in the details, especially if I get out of the way. Writing is a spiritual practice. If I surrender to passionate attention, the Divine may enter. I am currently writing a multigenre memoir in a Benedictine vein. I am grateful for St Gertrude’s. It is a second home where I come to be in Silence and Community.

Nancy Collins-Warner

I am an Old Lady sitting on the Clearwater Canyon hillside, watching the river flow East…in my dreams! I write poetry as a spiritual practice, the words are given to me and I pray them back to the Creator. St. Gertrude’s has been my spiritual home for more than 30 years, where I have been privileged to be a guest, retreatant, volunteer and donor. Early on I knew that following the daily rhythm of Benedictine life suited me, was somehow familiar. Doing so more intentionally has made life sweeter, helped me be more present to my own and others’ suffering, as well as joys. I have been privileged to study and take writing retreats with some great poets and spiritual teachers, and it is my delight to share from what I have learned, as well as from who I am.