Bookends: Ending & Beginning with Compassion

Friday, December 29, 2017  -  Sunday, December 31, 2017

GilChrist Retreat Center 56265 Day Rd. Three Rivers, MI


Come to GilChrist for an end-of-the-year retreat focused on parting well with 2017 and setting intentions for 2018. Using a combination of loving kindness meditation, sharing in community, and other contemplative activities, we will clarify thoughts and focus intentions.

About the Facilitator
John Howie began meditating in 1975 when he read the book The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson. He has continued practicing since then, including extensive training from Naropa University, and has led meditations at GilChrist Retreat Center for more than 19 years. John is  a trained facilitator for Table Work, which is a method of contemplative inquiry using deep relaxation and imagery. In addition to contemplative practices, John has worked as a counselor for more than 20 years and has a doctorate degree in counseling from Western Michigan University. He is currently enrolled in a two-year mindfulness teacher training program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

General Information
The cost of $150 includes facilitated programming and two nights’ lodging in a GilChrist cabin. Participants will check in between noon and 2 p.m. on December 29 and check out at noon on December 31, with the option to extend personal retreat by prior arrangement. Individuals are responsible for their own meals, and each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen. To make a reservation, please call the GilChrist office at (269) 244-1130 or use our online reservation form.