The Word That Dwells Among Us: An 8-Week Online Retreat Developing Daily Spiritual Practices, Living Lectio Divina (Group Option Initial Retreat: October 21-23)
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 divino. Individual and group options. Facilitator: Sister Teresa Jackson. Suggested donation: $95–online only or $295–group option with on-site dates
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
This retreat is full. Please call 208-962-2000 to add your name to 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 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
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.
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.