Come for …
A Personal Retreat,
A Family Gathering …

Host a meeting, workshop, personal retreat or other gathering at our
beautiful and well-equipped facility set amid the splendor of the Sonoran Desert!

Your Personal Retreat

bartlett lake wildflowersBuild your own personal retreat to meet your specific needs for reconciliation, renewal, healing, and transformation. Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center provides opportunities for individuals, couples, and families to experience a personal retreat for a day or longer. Your retreat will be designed by you with the assistance of our staff.

The resources of the center, including rooms with private bath, patio or balcony, and homemade healthy meals are available to you.

The quiet and relaxing eight-acre oasis in the Sonoran Desert in the center of Carefree, Arizona features three walking paths with audio-guided meditation, including a Labyrinth, Prayer Path, and Islands of Silence each providing an opportunity for quiet reflection and contemplation.

Before you arrive, a member of the retreat center staff is available to assist you to plan a retreat to meet your needs whether that is spending time resting, reading, or in reflection and prayer. Arrangements can be made for you to meet with a spiritual director, clergy, or coach – an opportunity for you explore and deepen your spiritual journey.

Begin to plan your personal retreat by calling Guest Services at 480-488-5218 or Email Us.

At Spirit in the Desert, hospitality and resources are available for you to renew your spirit.

click here to begin the booking process


evening candlelight worship gathering

Everyone’s faith journey is different. Each journey is unique to one’s own history and experience. Sharing that journey with someone else can be a powerful experience. In the speaking and in the sharing, one can clarify and bring into focus where one has come from and open oneself to what lies ahead.

Spirit in the Desert provides a “Faith Mentor” for those who wish to explore their faith journey more deeply. Jim Hanson serves as our on-campus “Faith Mentor.” The dictionary defines a mentor as ‘an experienced and trusted advisor’. Jim is available for conversation throughout the day and evening for those who would like to reflect on their faith journey.

Jim has worked with churches and individuals as far away as in Japan, as well as churches in the U.S. involved in Chinese, Hispanic, and other ministries. No matter where you are in your life of faith, just beginning or far along, Jim is available to spend time with you, hear your story, and reflect with you on the depth and mystery of your experience with the Divine.

Contact us to arrange a meeting with Jim

Spirit in the Desert offers all of the amenities and beautiful surroundings to make your day or overnight visit successful, memorable and affordable, including:

  • Well-appointed guest rooms with comfortable beds, in-room bathrooms and luxurious outdoor balconies.
  • 24-hour coffee/tea refreshments, water, ice, laundry
  • Seven indoor meeting spaces suitable for group sizes from 5 to 90, equipped with comfortable, flexible seating and access to AV equipment.
  • A spacious dining room featuring professionally prepared buffet meals that can be tailored to your group by our Chef. Indoor or patio seating provide spectacular mountain views.
  • Additional small group indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.
  • A refreshing heated pool and spa.
  • Quiet areas that include a meditation labyrinth, reflective walking path, fountains and a striking desert landscape.
  • WiFi access throughout the site.
  • Nearby recreational activities include hiking, horseback riding, biking, museums, eclectic dining and shopping.

On-Site Host

Spirit in the Desert provides an On-Site Host for prearranged late check-ins after our staff leaves at 9 pm.  Zoe Leonard serves as our On-Site Host from 9 pm to 7 am everyday.

More questions?

Call us at 480.488.5218 or Email Us

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