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Upcoming Retreats

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A Sip of Silence, August 9-11, 2019, Friday 7:00 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm      

This retreat is full. Please contact 208-962-2004 to be put on the waiting list.                                                                                                

For those fearing to drink a full cup of silence or not able to schedule a longer time, this retreat provides a shorter version of our weeklong “Come to the Quiet” retreats. A dipper of silence may deepen your thirst for more. Facilitators: Spirituality Ministry team. Suggested donation: $225 single / $175 each shared

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Introduction to Centering Prayer, August 16-18, 2019, Friday 7:00 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm

voiceExperience 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. Facilitator: Donna Kreiensieck. Suggested donation: $225 single / $175 each shared

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Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort, August 19-25, 2019 ~ initial retreat Monday 7:00 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm

This retreat is full. Please contact 208-962-2004 to be put on the waiting list.

Explore 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 nine months of intensive remote instruction and a concluding retreat. See www.spirit-center.org for more information. Suggested donation: $1500 single

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Oblates for the Future: Symposium 2019, September 10-14, 2019, Tuesday 3:00 pm to Saturday 1:30 pm

We will follow up on the work of the first oblate symposium. This year we will focus on Benedictine formation for oblates as well as supporting oblates and oblate directors in developing a stronger role for oblates in our Benedictine monasteries. The Symposium is for people actively engaged in leading their oblate communities to a new future. Suggested Donation is $430 single room/$360 each shared.

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The Compassion Meditations, September 24-26, 2019   Tuesday 7:00 pm to Thursday 1:30 pm

This retreat is full. Please contact 208-962-2004 to be put on the waiting list.  

The profound Buddhist meditations on compassion provide a way to engage the seed of deep kindness within us and to live with healthy compassion for all beings, including ourselves.  Come with sincere desire and intention. No experience required. Facilitator: Nancy Copeland Payton. Suggested donation: $225 single / $175 each shared

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Coming into Wholeness: The Inward Journey of Life’s Second Half, September 27-29, 2019, Friday 7:00 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm              

This retreat is full. Please contact 208-962-2004 to be put on the waiting list.                                                                                

Something new is being born deep within us as our bodies age. In the second part of our life, we embark on the fascinating journey of becoming ourselves. Later years gift us with a hard-won maturity as we finally grow into the wondrous and whole person God created us to be. Facilitator: Nancy Copeland-Payton. Suggested donation: $225 single / $175 each shared

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A Watercolor Journey, September 30 – October 2, 2019, Monday 3:00 pm to Wednesday 1:30 pm                                                                           

Explore watercolor painting with step-by-step instructions on the use of color and light and capturing mood and emotion. Paint with confidence and trust God in the flowing of color in your life. For beginning to intermediate painters. All supplies provided. Facilitator: Pearl Maxner. Suggested donation: $250 single / $200 each shared

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The Creative Word, November 4-8, 2019, Monday 7:00 pm to Friday 1:30 pm

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: Creative Word TeamSuggested donation: $355 single/ $305 each shared

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Silence the Christmas Noise: An Advent retreat, December 1-18, 2019   Private retreat options                                                                                                                           

Set aside a few days for calm, quiet Advent preparation this year. YOU are worth this gift of time away from the holiday rush, to prepare yourself for the true meaning of Christmas. Choose the retreat days that fit your schedule. Suggested donation: $100/night (includes meals)

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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. We do have a computer on the 2nd floor where you can check email if needed.

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 9:30 – 4:30 Tuesday – 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 208-962-2004 or email kgreen@stgertrudes.org