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  • GilChrist Retreat Center
  • Retreat
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Wellness and Healthcare

The Courage to BE, BELIEVE, LEAD


Embodying Global Leadership uses interactive discussions, times of reflection, and powerful exercises to help you tap into your personal source of strength, engage your intuition, and cultivate your vision for the future. This intimate group is not just another event; it’s an invitation to join a vibrant community of like-minded women who share the common goal of anchoring their true mission and making a positive impact in the world. Two post-retreat coaching sessions are included. Don't miss this chance to connect, learn, grow, and thrive as a woman leader.


About the Facilitators


Ms. Ramona French and Diane Winn have over 50 years of combined leadership experience, Ramona with the U.S. government and Diane with a Fortune 50 financial services firm. Essence of Leaders provides transformative coaching and facilitation to hundreds of business owners and executives, bringing out the best of who they are as leaders, delivering positive impact for organizations and teams.


Ms. French is an author and the founder of Wings of Hope Coaching and Consulting LLC. Her plethora of experience and desire for learning are employed in her delivery of dynamic interactive presentations, workshops, and one-on-one coaching which build the foundation for effective leaders, engaged employees, and success in the workplace.


Ramona also has over 25 years of leadership experience with the U.S. government, where she served as Chief, J4 Integration Division responsible for multi-million-dollar budgets and diverse teams. She is a certified ICF and ontological coach and has done significant work in trauma awareness, sensitivity, and integrative somatic trauma awareness.


Diane is a certified Leadership coach, mentor, facilitator, and speaker with over 25 years of success providing the support leaders and executives need to reach their potential. She understands firsthand the responsibilities and challenges leaders undertake, particularly women in business.


As a full-time Professional Certified Coach and mentor with the International Coaching Federation since 2004, Diane’s coaching supports sustainable change in thinking, behavior, and outcomes. Clients obtain greater confidence and measurable results.


Together, Diane and Ramona make an impactful team. Expect to be challenged and encouraged through personal experiences and play. A participant’s success is their single focus.

Registration and Lodging Details

Onsite accommodations are limited to the first seven people who register. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. EST on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Email Ramona or call her at (717) 395-8845 to register for the retreat. Early bird registration is $590 if paid by October 13, 2024; the cost increases to $650 on October 14, 2024.

Once you have registered for the retreat, contact GilChrist to reserve your cabin using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130 with any questions.

Lodging is $60/night per person in addition to the program fee, payable by cash or check at the end of the retreat. There are three individual cabins, and two cabins with two bedrooms each, which will be shared if the retreat fills up completely. 

Participants will check into their cabins on Monday, October 21, at a time you communicate via your cabin reservation. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. Monday and ends at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, with check-out at 2:00 p.m.

Individuals are responsible for their own meals. Each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen. See the complete GilChrist FAQ for more information about the facility.


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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