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Upcoming Retreats

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Yertle, Horton, and Gertrude:  The Spirituality of Dr. Seuss, June 5-7, 2017 Monday 7:30 pm to Wednesday 1:30 pm

Discover again why you and your children enjoy the books of Dr. Seuss. Yertle the Turtle, Horton, and Gertrude McFuzz can challenge our adult selves.  As we read their stories along with various Scripture passages, we will explore Seuss’ spirituality and ethical messages. There will be a mixture of teaching, discussion, quiet time for reflection, and prayer times with the community of St. Gertrude. Facilitator: Sr. Jeanette von Herrmann, OSB. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared

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Spring Come to the Quiet, June 23-30, 2017, 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.

hillsCome 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 Spirituality Ministry team. Suggested donation: $515/week, $220/weekend only

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A Sip of Silence, August 11-13, 2017, Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm

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: Sr. Lillian Englert, OSB, and team. Suggested donation: $220 single

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Introduction to Centering Prayer, August 25-27, 2017,  Friday 7:30 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 instructions on how to develop a continuing practice. Facilitators: Darlyne Pape and Donna Kreiensieck. Suggested donation$220 single / $170 each shared

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The Sacred Art of Iconography, September 27 – October 1, 2017, Wednesday 3:00 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm 

iconography“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

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Living as a Monk in Everyday Life: A Benedictine Spirituality Cohort, October 2-8, 2017, Monday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm, initial retreat 

benedictExplore how Benedictine monastic life can be lived by ordinary people seeking God in their everyday lives. Learn how to integrate monastic prayer, values, and practices into a life outside traditional monastic living. This nine-month cohort program begins with a directed retreat followed by nine months of intensive online instruction and a concluding retreat. Facilitator: Sister Teresa Jackson, OSB. Suggested donation: $1500 

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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.