GilChrist entry sign with text: A blessing for our community

Dear friends of GilChrist, 

During the month of October, the extended GilChrist community has observed 25 days of healing in honor of the 25th anniversary of the dedication of GilChrist on October 15, 1995. Together, we’ve logged miles and miles in the labyrinth, as well as hours and hours in silent meditation. We’ve shared both practices and requests for healing, and sent them out into the world on the breeze from WindHill. We’ve channeled our longing into visual art and audio recordings and poetry and video and ceremony. We’ve lighted candles, told stories, wept, prayed, and remembered. 

Our 25 days has come to a close, but our work in the world continues. 

The need for healing takes many forms, and in our current moment, our individual and collective wounds run especially deep. As a place for healing healers, grounded in the steadiness of the Earth and in traditions of contemplative practice, GilChrist continues to hold vigil for peace, from the inside out. In collaboration with the Fetzer Institute, we seek to do our part to support “awakening into spirit for the transformation of self and society.” 

As we stand at the edge of the future, those of us who steward GilChrist offer a blessing (below) from the land we tend to you, wherever you find yourself. We hope to welcome you here in person before too long, and in the meantime, wish you an abundance of deep rest to renew your spirit for our collective work of healing, which the world needs now as much as it ever has. Take good care of yourselves and each other, friends! 

With gratitude, 

The GilChrist Caretakers 
Deborah, Erika, Gail, John, Jonathon, Kirstin, Nancy 


GilChrist retreat center logo with white pine sprig

GilChrist is the public retreat center of the Fetzer Institute. We support the Institute’s mission of helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world by preserving a contemplative environment for healing self, society, and the natural world. We warmly welcome both groups and individuals and people of all faiths and affiliations.