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
This retreat is full. Please call 208-962-2000 to add your name to the waiting list.
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 the 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
The Sacred Art of Iconography, February 13-17, 2017 Monday 1:30 pm to Friday 1:30 pm
Renowned iconographer Fr. Damian returns to guide an exploration of this sacred Christian art form — and prayer form — using traditional egg tempera. Material provided, no experience necessary. Suggested donation: $535 single
Wise Women, February 24-26, 2017 Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Explore ways of discovering and nurturing your own inherent wisdom and honoring the collective wisdom of the women around you. Facilitators: Spirituality Ministry team. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared
A Watercolor Journey, March 7-9, 2017, Tuesday 3:00 pm to Thursday 1:30 pm
Explore watercolor techniques with step-by-step instruction on the use of color and light and learn how the creative process can add depth to your spiritual journey. For beginning and intermediate painters. Supplies provided. Facilitator: Pearl Maxner. Suggested donation: $220 single / $170 each shared.
Me, a Bible Scholar? March 14-16, 2017, Tuesday 7:30 pm to Thursday 1:30 pm
Can we “hear” the words of Scripture accurately without degrees in anthropology, history and ancient languages? God’s WORD is alive and is addressed to us this day. Join us as we hear God’s voice through prayerful reflection on Scripture stories, presentations, and sharing. Facilitators: Meg Sass, OSB and Teresa Jackson, OSB. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared
Celtic Saints: Their Message for Today, March 17-19, 2017 Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Explore Celtic spirituality through the saintly men and women whose lifestyle and way of prayer gave people stability in an era of great chaos, whose faith inspired the wisdom and courage that kept the flame of the Gospel alive, reigniting the whole of Christendom and leaving a legacy as timely today as it was in the Dark Ages. Facilitator: Mary Lonergan, OSF. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared
Centering Prayer Intensive, April 3-9, 2017 Monday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Deepen your spiritual life by enhancing your centering prayer practice through this intensive week-long retreat in our quiet, transformative setting. Previous centering prayer experience required. Facilitators: Darlyne Pape and Donna Kreiensieck. Suggested donation: $515
The Passion of the Earth: A New Story of Creation, April 28-30, 2017, Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
Permanently displayed in Spirit Center, “The Passion of the Earth” is a creative re-telling of the creation story through poetry and fabric that calls us to a new relationship with God’s Earth. Join our exploration of this on-going creation journey through art, music, prayer, and sharing. Facilitators: Boise Area Oblate Community. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared
A Woman’s Call to Spirituality, May 5-7, 2017 Friday 7:30 pm to Sunday 1:30 pm
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many…there are many parts, yet one body…” (I Cor. 12:12-17) Among our many human qualities buds forth HOPE. Inspired by God through our senses, graces, and gifts given, we will seek ways to answer the question: How can each of us be HOPE for our world? Facilitator: Katie Cooper, OSB. Suggested donation: $195 single / $145 each shared
Spring Come to the Quiet, June 23-30, 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 a praying community. Facilitators: Lillian Englert, OSB, and Spirituality Ministry team. Suggested donation: $515/week, $220/weekend only
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.