** We look forward to reopening January 1, 2021. **
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center welcomes all people to experience our oasis in the Sonoran Desert.
Spirit in the Desert hosts programs and retreats for participants of all faiths and traditions to experience reconciliation, renewal, healing, and transformation. Our peaceful environment encourages positive communication and productivity. Our campus also features sacred spaces for our guests to enjoy: a Labyrinth, Prayer Path, and the Islands of Silence walk.
All bedrooms have private bathrooms, a patio or balcony, and most enjoy spectacular mountain views. We have a heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi for your enjoyment and relaxation.
Our experienced chefs serve homemade, healthy meals which can be eaten inside our dining room or on the adjoining spacious patio.
We have been busy deep cleaning and disinfecting while the center has been on hiatus. New protocols are in place for dealing with COVID-19 so if you have any questions, please call us at 480-488-5218 and we will be happy to give you more information.
Spirit in the Desert is Grateful for Many Blessings.
When you think of waking up slowly in the desert, stretching your limbs, clearing your mind and centering your soul, do you think of Spirit in the Desert?
We think of you.
When we think of all the meals prepared, and all the classes and retreat leaders and guests, the seeds of healing and growth that take root here, together with the music, the singing and dancing, the time spent relaxing, laughing, connecting and sharing stories, the rejoicing and the prayer and contemplation, we are grateful for you. For who you are, for all that you bring to our Spirit community, and for the many ways you have touched our lives, we thank you.
May you be blessed, in this season of thanking, and of giving, as you have blessed us.
Spirit in the Desert … a Place for All People
Learn More About Us
Spirit in the Desert is a peaceful retreat center set among the striking Sonoran desert landscape. View our well-equipped facility and learn about our mission and vision for the future.
Worship with Us
The Spirit in the Desert offers more than space for retreats … come and enjoy our Guided Meditations, listen to the Touchpoints and learn more about our weekly Worship Sessions.
Plan Your Stay
Whether you come for the day, are considering an overnight stay, or wanting a place to host your program or meeting, here’s the information you’ll need to plan your next visit with us.
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Read Daily Devotions
Steve Holm, a retired pastor, provides daily meditations for Spirit’s website. Steve served at Desert Cross Lutheran Church, Tempe, for 22 years. In the past he has provided meditations for Advent and Lenten illustrated devotional booklets. Now, we’re thankful that he’s providing these short devotions for visitors to the website.
Worship With Us
Every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., Spirit in the Desert provides a mid-week oasis of meditation and Holy Communion for anyone on the campus of Spirit in the Desert and for people in the surrounding community. Each week a short homily — or Touchpoint — based on a Biblical story, is presented by Spirit in the Desert Faith Mentor, Jim Hanson.
Spirituality, or the spiritual life, “is simply the increasing vitality and sway of God’s Spirit in us.” The spiritual life is therefore dynamic, with God’s Spirit working in us to make us more like Christ in response to our thirst for God. I encourage you to explore the spiritual practices as you seek a deeper relationship with God.
Show Your Support
Your financial support is crucial to Spirit in the Desert’s future. Each year over 4,000 guests and local community residents find renewal, reconciliation, healing and transformation through our ministry. We depend on the generosity of individuals and groups and value every gift, regardless of size, all of which are tax-deductible.
What Our Retreat Participants Say About Their Experience
My wife and I were guests at Spirit along with our family reunion. We want to express our compliments to the facility and our gratitude to the staff who were wonderful. All could not have been more pleasant, friendly, fun and at time, peaceful! It was the very best family Christmas ever.
I am so very appreciative of every thing that was done by the staff at Spirit to make our workshop session the best it could be. It was so apparent that “small miracles” were happening as the morning unfolded and, once again, I’m reminded that we are here to work God’s plan and not our own agenda. For all that Spirit did to make those miracles happen, I am grateful!
To all the Spirit Staff … front desk, housekeeping, kitchen, yard, program planning—however you define your role, you are all truly God’s servants in your ministry to all visitors … The Spirit of our God roams these buildings and landscape—you are blessed to work here and we are blessed when we come.