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The Sacred Art of Traditional Iconography, August 17-22, 2014

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"Christ Enthroned," by Father Damian Higgins

"Whether we know it or not, we're an iconographic people," Father Damian Higgins says. "We're surrounded by images we respond to, but mostly they advertise. They direct us toward a product. Holy icons direct us not toward themselves, but toward the divine." Father Damian is an iconographer whose numerous works are featured in churches and collections around the world. Don't miss this encounter with sacred Christian art. All materials provided and no artistic experience needed. Suggested donation: $530 Learn more and register...

 

 

 

 

 

Living as a Monk, Initial Week: September 22-28, 2014 ~ initial retreat

BenedictA Benedictine Spirituality Cohort
Explore how the Benedictine monastic life can be lived by ordinary people seeking God in their everyday lives. This nine-month cohort program begins with a directed retreat, followed by nine months of intensive remote instruction and a concluding retreat. Facilitated by Sister Teresa Jackson. Learn more...

 

 

 

Introduction to Centering Prayer, September 26-28, 2014  *FULL* Please call 208-962-2000 to be put on the waiting list.

Centering PrayerExperience a contemplative prayer form with the potential to transform your spiritual life. This introductory retreat will provide the fundamentals and background of Centering Prayer and show you how to develop a continuing practice. Excellent refresher for experienced practitioners, too. Darlyne Pape and Donna Kreiensieck from Boise will be facilitating this introductory Centering Prayer experience. Darlyne and Donna are experienced Centering Prayer practitioners and have facilitated retreats here at Spirit Center for the past 10 years. Suggested donation: $190 single/$140 each shared. Learn more...

 

 

Praying with Music, October 14-16, 2014  *Mid-Week Retreat*

music"He who sings prays twice." St. Augustine

Learn how to create short phrases with percussion and melody to help you focus and develop a deeper rhythm and flow for meditative prayer. Discover how elements of Lectio Divina, the Anglican rosary and the Native American medicine wheel can be creative tools for your prayer and meditation practices. Suggested donation: $190 single / $140 each shared. Learn more and register...

 

 

All Souls: Remembering the Faithful Departed, October 31- November 2, 2014 

soulsJoin us for this unique opportunity to honor your own loved ones as we examine the history and tradition of All Souls Day. Conductor Michael Murphy will unlock the mysteries of Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem ("Mass of the Dead") before its presentation by the Palouse Choral Society in the historic Monastery chapel. Facilitators: Spirituality Ministry Team Guest speaker: Michael Murphy, conductor, Palouse Choral Society Retreat includes concert tickets and reception. Suggested donation: $250 single/ $195 each shared. Learn more and register...

 

 

 

 

 

The Path of the Anam Cara: A Spiritual Directors' retreat, November 11-14, 2014

anamcaratGather with other practicing spiritual directors for time away this fall to unwind and renew in the peaceful atmosphere of the Monastery of St. Gertrude. Franciscan and teacher of Celtic spirituality Sister Mary Lonergan will guide in an exploration of the Celtic concept of the Anam Cara or "soul friend," especially in relationship to the art of spiritual direction. Time will be set aside for rest and renewal with a personal silent retreat. Suggested donation: $280 single/$225 shared per person. Learn more and register...

 

 

 

Legacy of the Heart, November 18-20, 2014  *Mid-Week Retreat*

legacyThe greatest gift we can leave behind is an expression of who we are in this lifetime. Reveal your values, life lessons and blessings in a legacy letter that will illuminate your life's meaning and link generations. Suggested donation: $190 single / $140 each shared. Facilitator: Joanne Station. Learn more and register...

 

 

 

 

Losses of Our Lives, November 21-23, 2014

Losses of our LivesFrom birth until we take our last breath, life continually presents us with unwanted losses. We'll explore awareness of the myriad ways we face loss daily, a posture of responding to loss without holding too tightly, and ways of experiencing the sacred in loss. Presented by Reverend Nancy Copeland-Payton. Suggested donation: $190 single / $140 each shared. Includes all meals. Learn more and register...

 

 

 

Silence the Christmas Noise: Advent Retreat, December 1-17, 2014

AdventSet aside a few days of calm, quiet Advent preparation this year. YOU are worth this gift of time away from the Christmas rush. Prepare yourself for the true meaning of Christmas. Choose the retreat days that fit your schedule. $85/night (includes meals). Learn more and register...

 

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Embracing the Artistic Call: A Cohort Program for Exploring the Mystery of the Creative Experience, Initial Week: January 12-16, 2015

embracingA Creative Expressions Cohort

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. Open to established artists as well as those longing to live a creative life with intention. Learn more...

 

 

 

Come to the Quiet, January 23 – January 30, 2015

winterctqCome 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. Facilitated by Sister Lillian Englert, OSB and Spirituality Ministry Team. Suggested donation:Full week, $495 single; Weekend-Only, $195 single. Learn more...

 

 

 

The Sacred Art of Traditional Iconography, February 8 - 13, 2015

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"Christ Enthroned," by Father Damian Higgins

"Whether we know it or not, we're an iconographic people," Father Damian Higgins says. "We're surrounded by images we respond to, but mostly they advertise. They direct us toward a product. Holy icons direct us not toward themselves, but toward the divine." Father Damian is an iconographer whose numerous works are featured in churches and collections around the world. Don't miss this encounter with sacred Christian art. All materials provided and no artistic experience needed. Suggested donation: $530 Learn more and register...

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Into Wholeness: The Inward Journey of Life's Second Half, February 20-22, 2015

wholenessSomething new is being born deep within us as our bodies age.  In the second part of 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 creates us to be.  Presented by Rev (Dr) Nancy Copeland-Payton. Suggested donation: $190 single/$140 each shared. Learn more and register...

 

 

 

Online Retreats: Make a Retreat from Work or Home

Online RetreatA 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. Make an online retreat...

 

 

 

Take in the view. Take your time.

For your retreat, consider the bus! Have someone else drive while you take in the scenery. Some people have found that riding the bus is not only a less stressful way to travel in winter, but more peaceful and economical at all times of the year. The Cottonwood area is served by Northwestern Trailways and we are happy to transport you from the bus stop and back. Find affordable rates and purchase tickets at NorthwesternTrailways.com.

Retreatants coming from a distance often extend their stays by a day or two, making the experience "worth the trip." While one person might choose to come a day early to pray and prepare himself to go into retreat, another might elect to stay a day afterwards, in order to process her experience before returning to daily life. A night's stay at Spirit Center is $85 donation, which includes meals. Ask about the opportunities to come early and stay late when you register for your next retreat. Call us at 208-962-2000 to learn more and/or schedule to be picked up.

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