Spirit News

Spirit News

Keep up to date with happening at Spirit in the Desert ~ staff, campus, board, retreats and friends.

Thank you, Carefree Pet Resort!

Our friends at Carefree Pet Resort have generously donated a wonderful gift to Spirit in the Desert ~ an opportunity to pamper your pet! Carefree Pet Resort provides friendly, professional dog boarding, dog daycare, and pet grooming services. @carefreepetresort We are grateful for the generosity of so many Carefree and Cave Creek neighbors for supporting Spirit’s Virtual Silent Auction! To bid on the Carefree Pet Resort Gift Certificate, and to see what else our wonderful neighbors have donated for the…

Thank you, Total Wine & More!

Total Wine & More donated a fantastic gift to support Spirit in the Desert’s fundraising this year: A Private Wine Class for 20 people. This would be so fun! We’re grateful for their generosity, and so happy to be able to offer this experience to our Silent Auction participants! If yours is the winning bid, Total Wine & More will host an event that is certain to impress you and your guests. Enjoy a tour of the land and learn…

Thank you, English Rose Tea Room!

Spirit thanks our wonderful Carefree neighbors English Rose Team Room for donating a gift certificate to Spirit in the Desert’s Silent Auction. We are very grateful to owner Jo Gemmill and the good people at the English Rose Tea Room for your generosity! @EnglishRoseTeaRoom To see this and other wonderful items at the Auction, go to https://spirit.cbo.io.

Virtual Silent Auction Starts Tomorrow!

At the auction, you can bid on more than 75 items or, if you don’t care much for the dining or golf or gifts or home goods or accessories or vacations or the brand new Apple watch, there are other ways you can donate to this good cause.

Thank You, ALC!

Our heartfelt thanks extends today to the good people of American Lutheran Church, Sun City for their generous support of Spirit in the Desert. We are so grateful for our congregational partners in ministry ~ the team at your favorite retreat center looks forward to serving you someday soon! @AmericanLutheranChurchofSunCity 

Drop your Quilts and Kits at Spirit

Drop your Lutheran World Relief Quilts and Kits of Care at #spiritinthedesert in Carefree AZ thru December. Learn more about this Lutheran World Relief flagship program at https://lwr.org/. #beinspired
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Reopening to Guests mid-September!

We are so excited to be welcoming guests again! Our doors open mid-September and we are looking forward to seeing old friends and preparing to meet new ones. At Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center 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.Our…

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!

A Special Feeling for Veterans

When Richard and Nancy Christiansen of Ann Arbor, Michigan built a winter condo in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2000, they were introduced to Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree by Pastor Bob Hutson. Over the years Richard and Nancy have attended day lectures at the retreat center, and during one Christmas, their entire family were guests at the center for a special family Christmas celebration. Richard said, “Spirit in the Desert is a special place for renewal and healing…

Valuing Religious and Ethnic Diversity

When Carla Skladany met with Richard Andersen, Executive Director of Spirit in the Desert in 2017, she told him she was interested in being a volunteer at the retreat center. Volunteering has always been an important part of Carla’s life during the years she and her husband, Jan, lived in Downers Grove, Illinois and since they permanently moved to Carefree in 2007. As Richard and Carla’s conversation continued, Richard surprised her when he asked her to be the Coordinator of…

Meet Al Warnier, Maintenance & Facilities Manager

Al Warnier, Spirit in the Desert’s Facilities Manager, was asked what is the most important part of his job, and surprisingly, he didn’t initially mention buildings, grounds, or maintenance. He said, “The core of my job is making sure the guests are taken care of by responding to their needs.” Al’s business card says, “Just let me know how I can assist you.” He added, “Of course maintaining in top condition the facilities and equipment, as well the swimming pool,…
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