ONLINE Retreat: The Word That Dwells Among Us: An 8-Week Retreat Developing Daily Spiritual Practices, Living Lectio Divina ~ Starts June 6, 2016
The ancient practices of the monastic way of life are about being fully present to the presence of God in all things. In this eight-part retreat we will focus on developing daily spiritual practices to cultivate an attitude of reflective awareness with a focus on the prayer practice of lectio divine. Individual and group options. Facilitator: Sister Teresa Jackson. Suggested donation: $95.
Come to the Quiet, June 24 – July 1, 2016, Friday 7:30 pm to Friday 1:30 pm
This retreat is full. Please call 208-962-2000 to add your name to the waiting list.
Come away for a silent, individually-directed retreat with optional faith sharing, creative expression, body prayer and ritual. Relax in God’s presence surrounded by natural beauty and supported by a praying community. Suggested donation: $515/week, $220/weekend only. Facilitators: Lillian Englert, OSB, and team.
Herbal Wisdom for Today, July 7-10, 2016, Thursday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Discover what ancient herbal wisdom has to show us today. Learn how to identify herbs in order to make herbal teas and salve, as well as design and plant an herb garden to suit your own needs. Tools and materials provided. Come ready to dig and get dirty! Facilitator: Carlotta Maria Fontes, OSB. Suggested donation: $245 single / $195 each shared
Introduction to Centering Prayer, August 12-14, 2016 Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
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 instructions on how to develop a continuing practice. Facilitators: Darlyne Pape and Donna Kreiensieck. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared.
The Sacred Art of Iconography, August 29-September 2, 2016, Monday 3:00 pm to Friday 1:30 pm
“Holy icons direct us toward the Divine.” Fr. Damian Higgins is an iconographer whose work is featured around the world. Don’t miss this encounter with sacred Christian art using traditional egg tempera. Materials provided; no experience necessary. Suggested donation: $535 single.
Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort, September 26-October 2, 2016, Monday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm, initial retreat
Explore how 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 cohort program begins with a directed retreat followed by nine months of intensive remote instruction, a “mid-term” retreat and a concluding retreat. Facilitator: Teresa Jackson, OSB. Suggested donation: $1485
Spiritual Directors Retreat, October 11-14, 2016, Tuesday 7:30 pm to Friday 1:30 pm
We can never appreciate the lived spirituality of a person without some understanding of the context in which it is lived. This includes both the personal and wider cultural context. We will explore both of these as a way of reflecting upon our own and our directees’ God experiences. Presenter: Dr. Joy Milos, CSJ. Suggested donation: $285
Soul Mask: A Portrait of Your True Self, October 28-30, 2016, Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
What masks do you wear in order to meet the expectations of others and earn approval in the world? Join us for a meditative journey to uncover your “true self,” the face of your own soul, and create a mask that reflects the unique and beautiful image of God you were created to be. No artistic experience required. Facilitator: Kathy Villemure. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared
Coming Into Wholeness: The Inward Journey of Life’s Second Half. November 11-13, 2016, Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
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 and we can finally grow into the wondrous and whole person God meant us to be. Facilitator: Nancy Copeland-Payton. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared
Silence the Christmas Noise: An Advent retreat ~ Private retreat options, December 1-18, 2016
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 retreat days that fit your schedule. Suggested donation: $85/night (includes meals)
Hearts on Fire: Medieval Mystics and Their Spirituality, January 6-8, 2017 Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Hildegard of Bingen, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Gertrud of Helfta and Julian of Norwich were all monastic women who experienced God as visionaries and/or mystics and serve as powerful teachers for a loving relationship with God. Through an introduction to mysticism and examination of the writings of these mystics, we will reflect on our own relationships with God. Facilitator: Mary Forman, OSB. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared.
Winter Come to the Quiet, January 27 – February 3, 2017, Friday 7:30 pm to Friday 1:30 pm
Come away for a silent individually-directed retreat with optional faith sharing, creative expression, body prayer and ritual. Relax in God’s presence surrounded by natural beauty and supported by a praying community. Facilitators: Lillian Englert, OSB, and Spirituality Ministry team. Suggested donation: $515/week, $220/weekend only.
Embracing the Artistic Call: A Cohort for Exploring the Mystery of Creative Experience, February 6-10, 2017 Monday 3:00 pm to Friday 1:30 pm initial retreat
Working together, we will embrace the profound mystery of creative expression, nurture new artistic possibilities and support our individual artistic journeys. The program includes two retreats and guided work at home over a 14-week period. It is open all who long to live a creative life with intention. Facilitators: Embracing the Artistic Call team. Suggestion donation: $765
DIY Retreats: Make a Retreat from Work or Home
A 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.
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.