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  • GilChrist Retreat Center
  • Retreat
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Spiritual Formation

Join us for virtual silent meditation in honor of John Howie as he retires from GilChrist after 28 years of contemplative labor and service. John has led meditation in various forms at GilChrist, including the long-term practice from 2:00-2:30 p.m. on weekdays. This virtual “big sit” will bring the blessing of silence across the continent and the world as we send our friend into his next phase of life with peace and joy.

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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.