12 Tiny Things: A Desert Sojourn Retreat

12 Tiny Things: A Desert Sojourn Retreat

JANUARY 28 – 30, 2022

12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life

The 12 TINY THINGS retreat helps you learn simple ways to live a more intentional life, ways to take lasting steps toward learning and growth

In a culture that says bigger is better, it is subversive to take tiny, lasting steps toward learning and growth. Ellie Roscher, author of 12 Tiny Things, will guide you through curating and cultivating your own tiny things practice. We will read, journal, discuss and practice tiny things in areas like food, home, creativity, communication and spirituality. Maybe 2022 is your year of celebrating that little things are big things. By doing one tiny thing at a time on purpose, we can slowly, deliberately and playfully remember who we are. Together, we will deepen our roots and grow toward the sun. Join us for great food, rich conversation, deep quiet, gentle yoga and more!


Friday, January 28

  • 9:00a Meet and Greet—Speed Dating
  • Session: SPACE & WORK
  • Gratitude Wall
  • Small Group and Journaling
  • Mindful eating
  • 12:00p Lunch
  • Session: FOOD & HOME
  • Small Group time and Journaling
  • Labyrinth Walking Meditation
  • 5:30p Dinner & FREE TIME
  • Optional Outdoor Gentle Yoga and Meditation
  • Social Hour—Talent Show / Expert Hour (share about a passion that you don’t get paid to know about)

Saturday, January 29

  • 7:00a Optional Outdoor Gentle Yoga and Meditation
  • 8:00a Breakfast
  • Small Group and Journaling Time
  • Free time, revisit your favorite childhood craft or self massage
  • 12:00p Lunch
  • Small Group and Journaling Time
  • Free Time, Nature walk, or letter writing
  • 5:30p Dinner
  • Story Sharing Circle
  • Optional Outdoor Gentle Yoga and Meditation

Sunday, January 30

  • 7:00a Optional Meditation
  • 8:00a Breakfast; Checkout
  • Diads
  • Worship
  • 12:00p Lunch and Goodbyes

Recommended Reading


Friday – Sunday, January 28-30, 2022


Price per person:

  • One person, private room : $422 per person
  • Two people, two in a room : $352 per person
  • Three people, three in a room : $312 per person
  • Four people, four in a room : $288 per person
  • Commuter, includes program and meals without room : $249 per person

Price (excluding commuter) includes: Three days of programming, two nights lodging and 7 meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)

Guests may arrange with Spirit in the Desert to arrive early and depart late for an extra fee.


Or call 480.488.5218 or email info@spiritinthedesert.org to register.

All are welcome to this Desert Sojourn Retreat at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona!

Retreat Leader

Ellie Roscher is the author of 12 Tiny Things, Play Like a Girl and How Coffee Saved My Life. Her writing also appears in the Baltimore Review, Inscape Magazine, Bookology Magazine, Church Anew and elsewhere. Ellie hosts the Unlikely Conversations podcast, teaches yoga at Up Yoga and teaches writing at The Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Writing Project. Ellie holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Theology from Luther Seminary.

Ellie’s book, 12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Life an Intentional Life was featured in the May 2021 issue of Living Lutheran.

Ms. Roscher is facilitating the January 2022 Spirited Book Club featuring 12 Tiny Things.