Desert Rain Cross at Sunset (c. 2003 Bill Helm)
The desert is a most peculiar place to encounter God. It was in the desert wilderness in which Yahweh led Israel to the promised land with bridal affection. It was to the desert places that Jesus was drawn to have communion with the Father. The Holy Spirit drove the ancient monastic fathers and mothers into the desert to seek the face of God. Thomas Merton wrote, “The Desert Fathers believed that the wilderness had been created as supremely valuable in the eyes of God precisely because it had no value to men.” The desert truly is the place in which God discloses the mysteries of His love into the seeker’s heart.
We are an active community of families who are reviving the ancient monastic tradition of hospitality. We would be honored to host your personal or group retreat. Guests have the opportunity to interact with community members and their children. We have a dedicated, 6-bedroom dorm house. We always have prayer meetings, work projects, and community service projects happening in which guests are invited, but not obligated to participate. We also share common meals and guests are welcome to join. For individuals on short retreats, we don’t ask for any financial compensation. We work with groups on a negotiable, nominal compensation.
Our desire is to bless anyone on spiritual pilgrimage here. We avail ourselves as “soul friends” to guests–available with a listening ear, a prayer, and laughs. We are not a hotel for a private get-away. Rather, we greet and meet extensively with guests upon their arrival. Our thirty acres make it possible for solitude for those in need of walks and talks with God.
We also welcome larger groups, such as youth or mission groups-or anyone to visit us. There is a lot of room around the property for tent camping if you don’t mind the desert nights which can be warm in the summer and very cold in the winter. We have two guest electric and water hook ups for RVs (50amp).