Posts tagged Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center
Spirit in the Desert presents Desert Sojourn Retreat featuring Bishop Jim Hazelwood

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center is honored to welcome Bishop Jim Hazelwood, from the New England Synod ELCA! He has just published a new book, Everyday Spirituality...Discover a Life of Hope, Peace and Meaning. He will be using this book as the basis for leading the retreat, February 18-20, 2020. Download the flyer or visit the website for more info.

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California Lutheran Executive Skills Workshop for Pastors & Church Leaders

This very popular continuing education event for pastors and church leaders will explore how concepts from a MBA program can be applied to the arena of congregational life. This event is for any denomination. Jan. 6-10, 2020 @ Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, AZ. Download the flyer and view the event page.

For the 6th year, California Lutheran University offers a week of continuing education with faculty from the School of Management at Spirit in the Desert!  In the complex environment of congregational management, we all can use new tools for ministry.  Each day, we explore a different theme.

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Leading Well Learning Retreats for Clergy and Church Leaders

A time of learning, examining next steps, embracing disruptive changes as doors to deeper mission, listen & learning as spiritual practices. Practical learning, Sabbath rest, worship & collegial support at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center. Begins Tuesday, Nov. 19 at noon, ends Friday Nov. 22 at 11:30 a.m. View the flyer and visit the event page.

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Healing of Memories for Veterans and 1st Responders at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center

The Institute for the Healing of Memories (IHOM) trained facilitators will lead this veteran’s and 1st reponder healing workshop. It provides a safe place to explore personal histories and gain insight and empathy for themselves and others in response to the emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses, moral injury, and trauma.

The November workshop begins with dinner on 11/1/19 at 6pm, and ends at 2:30pm on 11/3/19. We will fill up quickly, call soon: (480) 488-5218 and ask for Cyndy, or (651) 687-9767 for Mike Wold, IHOM No. America Program Manager. View the flyer or visit the event page for more info.

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Spirit of Grace celebrates Adult Vacation Bible School

This August, Spirit of Grace, Surprise, AZ gathered for a study on Swimming with Jonah, developed and presented by Cyndy Warnier, Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center. Each day approximately 65 members and friends enjoyed a coffee and craft hour followed by a presentation by community service organizations with a close with prayers and hymn sing.

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Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center needs Executive Director

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (SITD) is inviting applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director will magnify the mission of Spirit in the Desert to be a holy place where people experience hospitality and renew their callings in the world. A complete search profile will be available July 26 at View a brief synopsis (PDF) of the position.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for consideration, please contact Melissa Maxwell-Doherty at or by phone at 805-493-3330 with the candidate’s name and contact information.

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