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Spirit News

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

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200 Touchpoint Meditations!

Congratulations to Jim Hanson for officially recording 200 Touchpoint meditations! All 200 tracks of Jim’s insightful, engaging and often very humorous Touchpoints are available on Soundcloud.
Amy Cassidy is on the board of directors at Spirit in the Desert

Cassidy Named to Spirit Board Post

Energy for Caring Meet Amy Cassidy. The first time Amy Cassidy visited Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, she quickly assessed this was a special place with an important mission. The occasion was a dinner for a small group of people, that included Amy and her husband Joel (Joey), hosted by Executive Director Eric Simonson and his wife Michelle.   Amy listened to Eric describe how the center provides hospitality to retreaters who are on a journey of renewal, whether for one…

Griller Named to Spirit Board Post

Fair Justice for All Meet Gordy Griller. “Very few people want to come to my workplace,” said Gordy Griller of Scottsdale, Arizona whose life work has been as a court administrator, a place where the legal resolution of disputes are usually emotionally charged. Mr. Griller has served as administrator and chief executive officer for various courts in Hennepin and Ramsay counties in Minnesota and Maricopa County in Arizona. He was appointed in May, 2021 to the Board of Directors of Spirit…

Job Openings at Spirit in the Desert!

Below are the open job openings at Spirit in the Desert. Please spread the word! Applications can be sent to Eric Simonson or call Eric at 480.488.5218. Administrative Assistant / Associate Marketing Manager The Spirit in the Desert Administrative Assistant and Associate Marketing Manager is responsible for supporting guest services and marketing activities. The person will interact with guests and assist in the communication of relevant, product, program, promotional or branding information. Housekeeping The Housekeeping position is responsible for maintaining…

Braaten Named Chair of the Board

Spirit in the Desert is welcoming retreaters again. Meet Jennifer Braaten. In January 2020, Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, its Board of Directors, and staff, were still reeling from the sudden and unexpected death of its dynamic Executive Director, Richard Anderson, who had been leading the exciting growth of the Carefree, Arizona retreat center. The Board turned to Jennifer Braaten, Ed.D., of Sedona, Arizona to serve as Interim Executive Director with a portfolio of tasks including leading the search…

Carefree participates in Spirit’s Virtual Silent Auction

The Carefree business community generously stepped up to support Spirit in the Desert by donating dozens of items for the Virtual Silent Auction fund raiser held the third week in May, 2021. More than 32 merchants, restaurants, individuals, organizations, and friends of Spirit contributed to the successful, first-ever, Virtual Silent Auction. Participants bid on gifts, home goods, accessories, vacations, a new Apple watch, restaurant gift certificates, and a gourmet meal for ten prepared by Spirit in the Desert’s Chef, Zoe…

Thank you, Revital-AZ Medical Spa & Laser Center

Our friends and neighbors at Revital-AZ Medical Spa & Laser Center graciously donated a gift certificate for the amazing services at their spa and laser center. At Revital-AZ Medical Spa & Laser Center, they believe everyone deserves to look and feel their absolute best. Many can attest to the correlation between how we feel on the outside and the attitude with which we begin our day. That’s why they’ve provided cutting-edge skincare services to their clients since 2015. Be it…

Thank you, Carefree Coffee Roastery!

Who doesn’t love coffee, or tea? The good people at Carefree Coffee Roastery have donated a fantastic gift basket of coffees and teas to Spirit in the Desert for our silent auction ~ delicious! Carefree Coffee Roastery is a “European Style” coffee shop where you will experience superior coffee and tea served in a welcoming and relaxed environment. @carefreecoffeeroastery We are grateful for the generosity of so many Carefree and Cave Creek neighbors who supported Spirit’s Virtual Silent Auction this year! To…

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…