Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center

P.O. Box 3254 7415 E. Elbow Bend
Carefree, AZ 85377
Phone: (480) 488-5218
Fax: (480) 488-5426

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center

Who We Are

Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center is a place of hospitality providing a safe environment serving diverse faith traditions, community groups, and individuals who come together for renewal, learning, spiritual growth, and moral deliberation. (Mission Statement)

Spirit in the Desert is committed to providing quality and meaningful retreats and programs, opportunity for private retreats; and providing a safe and unbiased multi-faith environment for discovery and discourse.

Through the generosity of our original benefactors and several other mission minded friends, Spirit in the Desert has had a rich and meaningful start and looks forward to significant ministry in the future.

The Estrem Center, which is the location of the administrative offices, two conference rooms, a lounge, and exquisite bedrooms, was given, along with the land by Maybelle and Malcolm Estrem in 1992.

Since then, additional property has been purchased and three buildings, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Architects have been built.

Spirit in the Desert is related to the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Spiritual Direction




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