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  • GilChrist Retreat Center
  • Retreat
  • Arts and Culture
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Spiritual Formation

This retreat is designed as a spring renewal for those who long to fulfill their creative potential. As artists and dreamers of every ilk, we must tend to our bodies and spirits and discover the balance between rest, renewal, play, and creative challenge so that we may tap into and channel something larger than ourselves. We must also learn to tune out the voices – both real and perceived – that tell us we can’t, in order to allow our genuine, glorious voices to ring out.

This weekend retreat will offer opportunities for truly nurturing, restorative, and generative practices geared especially to those who may feel their creativity and/or voice has been stifled and create a sacred space in which the big magic that is our birthright can be reclaimed. Offerings will include yoga, meditation, writing and reading, drawing, music and dance, self-care, and time in nature connecting to earth and to self. Come explore what’s possible when you give yourself what you truly need and leave rejuvenated, with tools to sustain a richly creative life.

About the Facilitator

Marin Heinritz, PhD, ERYT-500, is a published writer and Associate Professor of English at Kalamazoo College where she teaches creative writing, literature, and journalism; and she teaches yoga classes as well as offers private yoga, writing, and cooking sessions virtually and in Kalamazoo. Writing and the body are inextricably linked in her work on the page and in the studio/classroom, and helping others lead richly creative lives is, for her, a spiritual practice.

Retreat Schedule

The retreat will open on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in WindHill and end Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with morning (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) and afternoon (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.) sessions on Saturday, and a morning practice followed by closing circle (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) on Sunday.

Registration and Lodging Details

First, email Marin to register for the retreat. Early bird registration for the retreat program is $325; on January 1, the cost increases to $350. Space is limited. Please inquire about options for financial accessibility.

Once you have registered and paid for the program with the facilitator, Marin will direct you to contact GilChrist to reserve your cabin using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130. Lodging is $50/night per person in addition to the program fee, payable by cash or check made out the Fetzer Institute at the end of the retreat. Participants will check into their cabins between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10 at a time you communicate via your cabin reservation. Cabin check-out is at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.


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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.


GilChrist Retreat Center

Three Rivers , MI 56265 Day Rd