St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E.

St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E.
(Living in a Virtual Environment)

Online Monastic Studies, Spirituality, and Arts Wherever You Are

Welcome to St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E. (Living in a Virtual Environment)! These online programs are intended to provide further opportunities for prayer and learning. Some of the programs are free and some have suggested donations. You can put any amount you wish, including “0” in the Suggested Donation boxes. Check back frequently as we will continue to add new online events. We look forward to bringing St. Gertrude’s to you, wherever you are.

Times are Pacific. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Theresa at 208-962-5065 or email

Monastic Studies and Spirituality

But as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.”  Rule of Benedict, Prologue vs. 49

Wilderness Spirituality, Part 2: Lectio Divina in the Wilderness

10-11 a.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, February 2, via Zoom, with Will Hunter

The second in Will’s series on Wilderness Spirituality, this session will explore the practice of lectio divina, a prayerful reading of Scripture, both in the context of the Desert Fathers and Mothers and in the wilderness today. Drawing on the insights of the psychology of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, we will discuss the way Scripture can refute the “thoughts” which keep us from love and prayer, cultivate an appreciation of creation, and ultimately direct us to God.

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Lenten Bible Study

10-11 a.m. Pacific Time, Tuesdays, February 16 through March 23rd, via Zoom, with Sister Meg Sass

Lent, from the first hint of spring to the early spring flowers, is the time to look seriously at our lives and how we reflect God’s goodness to our world.  Join us in a six-week bible study for input, reflection, and sharing on the Gospel of Mark, concentrating on the Lenten Sunday Gospels. Bring your Bible and an openness to God’s Word.  

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Introduction to Centering Prayer

A Zoom Workshop with Donna Kreiensieck, 8 a.m to 3 p.m.. Pacific Time Saturday, February 20

centering prayer

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.

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Monastic Arts

“Every time you begin a good work, you must pray to God to bring it to perfection.” Rule of Benedict, prologue, vs. 4

Mystics of Love: A Collage and Poetry Creative Workshop

A Zoom Workshop with Heather Berndt, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time, Saturday, February 13

In this workshop, we will look at the qualities of beauty and passion and how we can bring them to our creative lives and our relationships with God. Through collage and poetry, we will explore the invitation to living more fully and passionately. This workshop will be a mix of online learning and reflective/creative time. The presentation will include mystics like Saint Teresa of Avila, as well as some artists and poets, such as Rumi and Corita Kent.

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Finding the Story in the World Around You: A Writing Workshop

A Zoom Workshop with Peter Chilson, 2-5 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, March 14

This workshop uses personal writing as a way to make sense of what is happening around us and to us. The three-hour writing workshop involves two short talks by facilitator Peter Chilson on the craft of observing place and people and turning our observations into personal essays and stories. The talks will be followed by prompt-based writing exercises, sharing from our work, and discussion of writing craft.

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