Programs

Programs

Gift from Kiwanis Club

Spirit in the Desert Executive Director Eric Simonson gratefully acknowledges a generous donation from Kiwanis Club of Carefree, AZ today. These funds will be used for scholarships for Institute for Healing of Memories Retreats for Veterans. We give thanks for the blessing of #community in these times.

An Open Dialogue: The Racial Divide in America

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center Invites All to an Open Dialogue on The Racial Divide in America. Featuring: Joel Bjerkestrand and Sarah Payne Naylor Details: Thursday, June 25, 2020. 4:00 – 5:30 pm. At: Spirit in the Desert, 7415 E. Elbow Bend Rd, Carefree, AZ. Due to Social Distancing Guidelines, space will be extremely limited. Please call or email to reserve your seat: (480) 488-5218; sue@spiritinthedesert.org Facial masks must be worn during this event. This event will be streamed LIVE…

Desert Sojourn with Dave Ellingson

Paddle Pilgrim, Pastor, Spiritual Director, Master Gardener, Doctorate in Holistic Health, Environmental Ethics teacher…this February 2020 Desert Sojourn with Dave Ellingson was AMAZING! We sang, we explored Scriptures, we learned more about our environment, and history of two great rivers in the USA and Norway and most of all, we experience incredible fellowship, worship and spiritual connections in our Faith Adventures!
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Boundless Compassion retreat

SEPT. 24-28, 2017: BOUNDLESS COMPASSION RETREAT LED BY JOYCE RUPP Purpose: To deepen the living of compassion in one’s life by learning and practicing ways of being a compassionate presence. Co-sponsored by Spirit in the Desert and Institute of Compassionate Presence. This retreat: Includes opportunities to explore the depths of the many  layered components of compassion as reflected in the central qualities of the life/teachings of Jesus. Aims to expand and deepen one’s  understanding of compassion from both a personal…

Crossing Over: Exploring Transitions Retreat

NOV. 10-12, 2017: CROSSING OVER: EXPLORING TRANSITIONS RETREAT LED BY TAMMY DEVINE, WITH WORSHIP/MUSIC BY MICHAEL LARSON What are Exploring Transitions Retreats? The Exploring Transitions Retreats are a part of our 3rd Chapter of Life “Explore Your Life’s Calling” ministry. These retreats are for those who are either nearing or currently living in their 3rd Chapter of Life–which is not necessarily a defined age category–who are seeking exploration and    guidance in their times of transition.  Each of the retreats offer…

Leading Well Retreat

NOV. 14-17, 2017:  LEADING WELL RETREAT PRACTICAL LEARNING. SABBATH REST. COLLEGIAL SUPPORT. Join us for a four-day training experience for pastors, deacons, and church leaders that offers practical learning, Sabbath rest and collegial support. Begins Tuesday, November 14 at noon, and ends Friday November 17 at 11:30 a.m. Leading Well events offer a unique blend of “nuts and bolts” skill development along with worship, retreat, and sharing of best practices. Come and learn with and from your talented colleagues across…
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California Lutheran Executive Skills Workshop for Clergy & Church Workers

JAN. 8-12, 2018: CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN EXECUTIVE SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR CLERGY & CHURCH WORKERS Gain valuable and needed skills for pastors, leaders, administrators in congregational settings. Led by California Lutheran School of Management Faculty For the 4th year, Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center & California Lutheran University are teaming up for what has become a very powerful and popular workshop — a week of continuing education with faculty from the School of Management. This workshop is geared to all clergy/staff…

Speaking the Word Freely Retreat

JAN. 23-25, 2018: SPEAKING THE WORD FREELY retreat Spirit in the Desert is honored to again offer Speaking the Word freely workshop, now in its 10th year. Speaking the Word Freely, with Rev. Jerry Larson, is the tried and true Process Preaching system enabling pastors and others to deliver sermons freely without reading a manuscript or speaking off the cuff. Speaking freely is such a powerful way of communicating that it literally can wake people up. Why does speaking freely…

Lutherhostel 2018

FEB. 25-MARCH 2 AND/OR MARCH 4-MARCH 9: LUTHERHOSTEL 2018 Join us in spring of 2018 for a week of faith exploration and learning, worship and singing, fellowship and fun at Spirit in the Desert. In 2018, we’re honored to have two highly respected and well-known theologians leading the teaching both weeks of Lutherhostel. Participants spend each morning in worship/song with our musicians/worship leaders and study with our featured guest presenter. Each afternoon includes options for continued growth both on and…

Healing of Memories Workshop for Women Veterans

APRIL 13-15, 2018: HEALING OF MEMORIES WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN VETERANS In 2017 The Institute for the Healing of Memories (IHOM) and Spirit in the Desert presented the first ever Healing of Memories Workshop for Women-only Veterans. It filled quickly and we have a waiting list for the next one, which we have now been able to schedule for April 13-April 15 in 2018. The workshop begins with dinner on 4/13 at 6pm, and ends at 2:30pm on 4/15. Sheila Laughton…

3rd Chapter of Life

We established the Center for the 3rd Chapter of Life, creating an array of original programs designed to help people discover their true meaning and power.