three golden singing bowls on colorful tablecloth
  • GilChrist Retreat Center
  • Retreat
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Spiritual Formation

Forgiveness is underrated and misunderstood! It is a remarkably potent tool that has come to us in wisdom literature as well as in current science. Healing effects have been documented in relationships, decreasing susceptibility to disease and increasing recovery from disease. Forgiving unleashes spiritual energy, opening connections within us, between us, God, and the planet. It sets us free. It’s a form of spiritual nurture and strength that unblocks our energy systems and keeps them flowing. We will look at pungent ideas from Jesus and author Caroline Myss, who describes forgiveness as “healing... a necessity, a Mystical Law.” Of course, we resist forgiveness when we believe ‘forgiveness falsities’ like the myth that forgiving means I’m telling one who wronged me that it doesn’t matter

We will focus on melting resistance through stories, gentle humor, and moments of prayerful meditation when we invite our angels to assist us. Opportunities to experience forgiveness in a supportive environment will be provided through guided and open-ended meditations, silence, journaling, and a unique sound immersion. The presenter discovered the power of forgiveness during a health crisis. She now feels called to facilitate others healing, renewed energy, and freedom.

An incredibly special SOUND IMMERSION SESSION will be provided by Awaken to Sound, comprised of five sound practitioners playing sacred singing bowls. These bowls were hand-made by Tibetan monks as they chanted prayers for health, abundance, and peace, and these are the vibrations that will emanate from them. Please bring a journal and blankets for floor relaxation and Sound Immersion. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

This is a transformational, experiential retreat. Cradled in the solitude of Gilchrist Retreat Center, you will have space and considerable silence to discover what actions are right for you and encouragement to implement them. Wonderful cabins may be available for you to stay overnight. Our reconciliation work will send healing vibrations into our war-torn world. You are invited to practice forgiveness privately, even if you cannot attend!

Retreat Schedule

Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.


To register for this day-long retreat, contact Tere (“Terri”) Krueger via email (click here), or call/text 269-329-9494. The cost for participation is $95.

If you’d like to reserve an overnight stay, once you have registered for the retreat, contact GilChrist using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130 with any questions. Space is limited. Shared cabins are available if you want to come with a friend. Lodging is $60/night per person in addition to the program fee, payable by cash or check at the end of the retreat. 


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