Spirit In The Desert …

A venue that takes care of all your group’s needs … a space to gather, explore, rest and renew.

Our Grounds and Facilities

walkway on campus of spirit in the desertOur guests feel peacefully at home at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center nestled in the Sonoran desert. The meeting, dining, sleeping, and worship facilities of Spirit in the Desert are gently placed on nine acres of Sonoran Desert.  The campus is lush with plants, bushes, flowers, rocks, and Cacti unique to the Southwest. Natural rock water fountains add refreshing and soothing sounds as guests walk inspiring meditation pathways. Our conscientious landscapers maintain the natural environment of this outdoor cathedral, a place for meeting the Divine Spirit.

Our peaceful facility is fully equipped for group events and includes:

 Spacious lodging for more than 50 guests.

 Onsite dining for up to 75 guests.

 Seven indoor meeting spaces suitable for groups sizes from 5 to 90 equipped with WiFi and AV equipment.

 Additional small group indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.

 Heated swimming pool and spa.

 Wifi access throughout the campus.

 Serene spaces for prayer, meditation and reflection.

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Our Lodging Facilities

Spirit in the Desert accommodations include well-appointed guest rooms with comfortable beds, in-room bathrooms and luxurious outdoor balconies.


Our Dining Facilities

Spirit in the Desert boasts a bright and spacious dining room with seating for up to 75 guests. Buffet meals can be tailored to group and individual preferences by our professional chef. Indoor and patio seating provide spectacular mountain views.


Zoe Leonard, Food Services Manager

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest very close to the water on Puget Sound. We always had a bit of land and out of necessity grew, caught, or shot our food. We had a fairly large garden and chickens or beef in the back yard. I learned to plant, harvest, preserve, and cook from my mother and grandmother using what was available and making it taste amazing.

I have a master’s degree in counseling and spent many years working in mental health care facilities, but I longed for a career that brought joy to people. Five years ago, I ventured into catering and private chef work. I found that I had an intuitive sense of how to combine and serve amazing food.

Being in the kitchen is my happy place. I am frequently rewarded with a smile as a guest is transported to a childhood memory of warm baked bread and fresh butter or chocolate chip cookies with milk. My passion is to bring this joy and comfort for those who share and break bread with us at Spirit in the Desert.

Our goal for food service is to provide simple, hearty, and fresh food that is prepared with prayer and love. The meals are a part of the spiritual journey for our guests and the interaction at mealtimes with the staff reflect our own faith journeys. I am committed to my own personal growth and healing and desire to help others on their spiritual journey. The opportunity at Spirit in the Desert gave me a platform to live my passion and commitment to service. I am grateful!

Our Conference Facilities

Seven conference rooms and numerous common spaces offer a wide variety of options for your Retreat. Seating is flexible in all the rooms and white boards, flip charts, and an LCD projector are available.

Sound and video enhancements have made Ravenscroft Chapel a state of the art facility. New in 2016 is a 7000 lumen ceiling mounted projector, two 1000 watt speakers, and a 6.5 x 11.5ft motor driven screen.