The Full Emptiness of the Desert: March 13-16, 2025

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Tuesday 5:00 pm – Saturday 2:00 pm, March 13-16, 2025
Leader: Br. Curtis Almquist

During the fourth century, thousands of men and women left their homes to live and pray in the Egyptian desert. Why did they go? What did they find? This retreat will draw on the desert experience of Jesus and teachings of these early monastics to explore the relevance of desert spirituality for our own day.

We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$465.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Thank you for making a request to join us at our program retreat: The Full Emptiness of the Desert with Br. Curtis Almquist  at the Guesthouse in Cambridge during the week: 
Thursday March 13 to Sunday March 16, 2025.
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Most meals are vegetarian/pescatarian except Feasts Days (including Sundays) when meat is served.  All menus note when an item is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, or contains nuts. For breakfast, we provide cereals (including a gluten-free option), bread, yogurts, and fruit. You may bring supplemental food and store in the Guesthouse kitchen. We value eating together and invite you to join us. Please email directly with any other requirements or comments.

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  1. Barbara Braver on May 15, 2024 at 13:58

    The Full Emptiness of the Desert is a splendid theme. And, at my last retreat I made it through fine with gracious help – with my disability !

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