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

Note: this retreat is fully booked, but you can reach out to the facilitator (at the link below) to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

SoulCollage® is a simple intuitive process of creating many small collages and then giving voice to the images to discover their identity and the wisdom they carry. It is an imaginative, contemplative way to mindfully access the reality of our True Selves. SoulCollage® is a spiritual practice which can lead to self-discovery, an increase in resilience, and discernment. Whether you are new to SoulCollage® or are experienced creating cards, this retreat offers time and space to creatively explore your inner being and the wisdom and blessings available there. There will be daily group gatherings (2-3 hours each) for information and supportive interaction as individuals explore the paths of their inner life, with open time between for personal creative work/play and walking the land. Individual orientation and consultation are available as needed especially for those new to the SoulCollage® process.

About the Facilitator

Anita Smith Buckwalter is a spiritual midwife facilitating the increase of self-awareness and mindfulness of the Divine in all things. She is a licensed SoulCollage® facilitator, and an experienced spiritual director. She studied the Enneagram with Helen Palmer and the Michigan Enneagram Center. Through 40 years of pastoral ministry, Anita used art, music, dance, and words to enrich worship and create individualized celebrations of life’s transitions. Anita delights in integrating all aspects of her life through the creativity and mystery of the SoulCollage® process.

Registration and Lodging Details

The cost of $360.00 includes facilitated programming, three nights lodging in a GilChrist cabin, use of the Windhill gathering space and all supplies needed for creating SoulCollage® cards.

To Register:

1. Email Anita by clicking here.

2. Send the $50.00 non-refundable registration deposit to Anita at the address provided in response to your registration email.          

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

Participants will check in between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1 and depart at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4. Individuals are responsible for their own meals, and each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen. See the complete GilChrist FAQ for more information about the facility.


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.


GilChrist Retreat Center

Three Rivers , MI 56265 Day Rd