Poetry for the Spiritual Journey, November 17-19, 2017, Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Explore how poetry can connect you more deeply with yourself, the world around you, and with the sacred. Whether poetry is a lifelong friend or totally new to you, discover how it can enrich your daily life. No writing experience necessary. Facilitator: Jory Mickelson. Suggested donation: $220 single / $170 each shared
Silence the Christmas Noise: An Advent retreat, Private retreat options. December 1-17, 2017
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: $95/night (includes meals)
Come to the Quiet, January 26 – February 2, 2018, 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 team. Suggested donation: $535 single
Embracing the Artistic Call: A Cohort for Exploring the Mystery of Creative Experience, February 5-9, 2018 ~ initial retreat, Monday 3:00 pm to Friday 1:30 pm
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 12-week period. It is open to all who long to live a creative life with intention. Facilitators: Embracing the Artistic Call team. Suggested donation: $780
The Sacred Art of Iconography, February 12-16, 2018, Monday 3:00 pm to Friday 1:30 pm
“Holy icons direct us toward the Divine.” Fr. Damian is an iconographer whose works are featured around the world. Don’t miss this encounter with sacred Christian art using traditional egg tempera. Materials provided; no experience necessary. Facilitator: Fr. Damian Higgins. Suggested donation: $575 single
A Watercolor Journey, March 13-15, 2018, Tuesday 3:00 pm to Thursday 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: $245 single / $195 each shared
Sacred Celtic Landscapes: God’s Evolving Message of Love, March 16-18, 2018, Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
We will discover the ancient spiritual, symbolic and mythological significance of sacred sites of the British Isles and explore how we can renew our lapsed relationship with the sacred landscape, allowing it to awaken a sense of wonder and a yearning to embrace God’s evolving message of love. Facilitator: Mary Lonergan, OSF. Suggested donation: $220 single / $170 each shared
Centering Prayer Intensive, April 9-15, 2018, Monday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Deepen your spiritual life by enhancing your centering prayer practice through this intensive weeklong retreat in our quiet, transformative setting. Previous centering prayer experience required. Facilitators: Darlyne Pape and Donna Kreiensieck. Suggested donation: $535
Zentangle: Creating Art and Well-Being, April 16-18, 2018, Monday 7:30 pm to Wednesday 1:30 pm
Learn to enhance your mindfulness, relaxation and well-being with Zentangle, an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. No artistic experience necessary; supplies included. Facilitator: Sara Zeintek, Certified Zentangle Teacher. Suggested donation: $235 single / $185 each shared
A Woman’s Call to Spirituality: Emerging Faith in Our Daily Walk, May 18-20, 2018, Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Join a circle of women as we discover emerging faith through scripture, song, poetry, and our own lives. How does faith come to life for each of us in our daily walk and help us make a difference in our corner of the world? Faciliator: Jeanette Von Herrmann, OSB. Suggested donation: $220 single / $170 each shared
Hearts on Fire: The Medieval Mystics and Their Spirituality, May 25-27, 2018, 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: Prioress Mary Forman, OSB. Suggested donation: $220 single / $170 each shared
Herbal Wisdom for Today, May 31 – June 3, 2018, Thursday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Discover what ancient herbal wisdom has to show us today. Learn how to identify and harvest 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 hike, dig and get dirty! Facilitator: Carlotta Maria Fontes, OSB. Suggested donation: $260 single / $210 each shared
Come to the Quiet, June 15-22, 2018, 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 a praying community. Facilitators: Lillian Englert, OSB, and team. Suggested donation: $535 single
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.