Desert Retreat

August 6 @ 3:00 pm - August 9 @ 11:00 am

summer retreat

“The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.” ~ Jan Majernik

The spiritual life at varying times beckons us to the desert. To the place where all that originally held esteem or took credit is stripped away and laid bare. To the sanctuary within that demands simplicity, solitude and surrender.

Join us for an extended weekend in which we will explore the rich concepts of desert spirituality and its impactful message for us today as modern sojourners searching for God in all things.

Throughout the weekend, participants will be engaged in prayer, meditation and other creative opportunities to explore desert-related themes and practices. Sacred Scripture, alongside the writings of the Desert Mothers & Fathers, Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton, will be integrated for consideration and application. In addition, the perspective of other faith traditions and spiritualities will be included to deepen understanding of the countless graces that are contained in the deserts of our lives.

A journal and comfortable walking shoes will be great companions to bring along. Desert survival kits will be provided upon arrival.

Check-in begins at 3pm. The retreat will begin after dinner. 

Please contact Jennifer Murphy, Retreat Manager, at if you are interested in a double occupancy lodging room option.

Gordon Creamer earned his MA in Spiritual & Pastoral Care from Loyola University. He has been involved in programming and operations in healthcare since 2001 at various Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Hospice communities. Gordon has facilitated numerous retreats and workshops that focus on creating opportunities for participants to explore and enhance their spirituality and well-being through various media. Enhancing the journey of adults, individuals with memory impairment and members of the LGBTQ community is a passion for him.  In the last several years, he has fostered support groups and programs for caregivers and those who are grieving losses. Gordon is also a certified spiritual director, who welcomes all in discovering the spiritual life as a means of healing, growing and thriving.

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Event Details

Start: August 6 @ 3:00 pm
End: August 9 @ 11:00 am
Cost: $320
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Gordon Creamer

Our retreat is SOLD OUT! Please call our Welcome Center at 410-442-3120 for suggestions on other retreats you may enjoy, or to have your name placed on our waitlist for this retreat.