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

We all need time to slow down, turn inward and reconnect with our inner Light. As the daylight hours begin to grow shorter at the autumnal equinox, it’s the perfect time to gather and remember our internal Light.

During the weekend, we’ll explore the two essential components of any spiritual path: disentangling from your darkness and moving toward the Light. The retreat will include time for:

  • your body to harvest the benefits of yoga asana, chanting, and breath work
  • your mind to feast on the ancient wisdom of the Vedas and guided meditation
  • your spirit to integrate the two through quiet reflection, journaling and walks in the woods

No experience is necessary.

About the Facilitator

Mary Beth Thomas (E-200 RYT, 500 RYT) has been touching hearts and minds with her gentle yoga and meditation teachings since 2012. She is passionate about making yoga and meditation accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical condition or previous experience. She partnered with Transformations Spirituality Center to offer the Yoga and Center Prayer Retreat for a number of years, but now that Transformations is no longer offering retreats, Mary Beth is pleased to find a home for the retreat at GilChrist.

Retreat Schedule

Friday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (includes a 2-hour break for both lunch and dinner)

Sunday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Registration and Lodging Details

Early bird registration for the retreat is $325. On September 1, the cost increases to $350. Space is limited. Register with Mary Beth and find more information at

A continental breakfast will be available on Saturday and Sunday mornings as well as a communal lunch on Saturday. Please indicate any food restrictions on your registration form. You will be responsible for your own dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. Each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen. See the complete GilChrist FAQ for more information about the facility.

Once you have registered and paid for the program, contact GilChrist to reserve your cabin using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130. Lodging is $60/night per person in addition to the program fee. Participants will check into their cabins between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22 at a time you communicate via your cabin reservation. Cabin check-out is at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24.

Note: all group participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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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