Wilderness Spiritual Retreat

Two-Weeks in the Idaho Backcountry 

with Fr. Nathan Dail and Seminarians

“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low.”  ~Isaiah 40:3

Quiet Your Heart in the Great Outdoors

Join Fr. Nathan Dail and the Diocese of Boise seminarians on a two week intensive spiritual retreat into the Idaho backcountry.

This wilderness experience is for young adult men 18 and older.

WHEN: Monday, June 7 – Friday, June 18
Depart by carpool from St. Paul’s, Nampa on Monday morning following the 8:00 am morning Mass.

WHERE: Sawtooth Mountain wilderness

COST: $125 early bird, $150 after May 15
Limited scholarships are available. Contact vocations office.

DETAILS: Spiritual activities include Daily Mass and Adoration, Ignatian discernment exercises, Lectio Divina, praying the rosary, talks about life & vocation, community meals, and time set aside for personal silent reflection. Outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, and reading.

Capacity is limited to 17. Late registrants will be placed on a wait list once we reach capacity.

Wilderness Retreat Registration

Permission Forms

All participants must fill out and sign these three forms to participate in the Wildreness Retreat. Please bring completed forms with you to the retreat.

Driver Forms

Drivers must be 21 or older: read safety policies here. Only those who will be driving need to complete these two forms.  The forms need to be sent to the vocations office one week prior to the trip and can be emailed to the vocations office at vocationsoffice@rcdb.org.

Online Payment

Cost for the retreat is $125 if paid before May 15. Cost is $150 if paid later. Please pay online through the diocesan portal.


Cold Weather sleeping bag for freezing nights
Blanket, some bed sheets, or a “sleeping bag liner” because sleeping in the same bag for 14 nights can sometimes get nasty and sleeping in some kind of sheet is easier to clean if need be.
Hot and cold weather clothing
Winter gloves (not thin gloves)
Several extra socks and underwear (bring plenty)
Dress in layers: cold weather thermal base layers, warm insulating sweater, durable outer shell
Rain jacket
Rugged military-style pants
Avoid cotton clothing – nylon and polyester preferred
Metal/hard plastic utensils: plate, bowl, spoon, coffee mug
Flashlight and extra batteries
Fishing license
Hiking boots
Footwear for water activities like kayaking
Electrolyte powder
Earplugs (block out snoring).
Only biodegradable soap
Extra deodorant
Several books (as you will have a lot of downtime)
Backpacking gear for a 3 day trip (within the two week trip, if you’d like)
Waterproof bag, if you have one, to store items you would like to remain safe and dry
Important: Large-brimmed sunhat
Important: 3 Personal Towels: 1 bath towel for body, 1 towel for hands, and 1 towel for face.
Musical instruments (if applicable)
Folding cot if you have one. Avoid air mattresses, they’re problematic
Tent if you’d like
Rosary, Bible, journal & pen, spiritual reading
Wet Wipes
Lip balm
Folding camp chair
Bug spray
Extra bag for all of your dirty laundry such as a 2nd backpack or stuffsack (not garbage bag)