Silence the Christmas Noise: Advent Retreat, December 1-17
While much of mainstream culture revs up for the holidays, December is one of the quietest months at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. With fewer guests, the monastic community embraces the quiet anticipation of Advent.
“It’s a dark time,” says retreat facilitator Sister Lillian Englert, “full of wonder…the sun begins to set at 4 p.m. and fills everything with pinks and deep blues – the colors of Advent.”
The community schedule is cleared of extra activity as everyone enters the time of waiting for Christ to enter the world.
“Waiting and wonder!” exclaims Sister Lillian. “What better time to do a retreat? Sometimes people think they can’t afford the time away from Christmas preparation but once they get here, they realize they gain so much more about the meaning of Christmas. The retreat prepares the heart, prepares the ground for seed to grow.”
The Advent Retreat runs from December 1 through 17. Within that time, a person can customize a retreat that fits his or her schedule.
Suggested donation: $95/night (includes meals and lodging). To schedule an individual retreat, call 208-962-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your dates, then register with this form:
Do you live in the area? If so, call 208-962-2000 and ask about our special commuter rates.
Please pay balance upon arrival (Visa, MasterCard, cash or check).
Deposits are non-refundable and are not transferable to another person.
You will receive confirmation of your registration. If the program is full, your deposit will be refunded.