John Howie, smiling at the camera
  • GilChrist Retreat Center
  • Special Event
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Workplace / Life

Please join us in honoring John Howie as he retires after 28 years of contemplative labor and service at GilChrist Retreat Center! John’s gentle, compassionate spirit has been a profound blessing to this land and to all who have made this place a part of their story. We warmly invite you to join us in celebrating this enormous transition with gratitude for all of the gifts John has brought into the world, and all the gifts he will continue to bring as he enters the next phase of his journey.

  • When: Sunday, April 23
  • What: Silent meditation (3:00-3:30 p.m.) followed by an open house with light refreshments (3:30-6:00 p.m.)
  • Where: WindHill at GilChrist Retreat Center (56265 Day Road, Three Rivers, MI 49093)
  • RSVP: Kindly send an e-mail to GilChrist staff by Sunday, April 16.
  • Participate from afar: Cards may be mailed to the above address to John’s attention. You are also welcome to e-mail us a word or two of blessing that we will write on a copper leaf for an installation John is creating on the land.

And, please mark your calendar for May 31, when we’ll host a virtual silent meditation from 2:00-2:30 p.m. EST on John’s very last day! More details here.


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