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

This retreat is for any woman going through an important life transition, and wanting to consciously choose the next chapters of her life instead of letting life choose for her.

As women mature, we move into the phase of creativity and purpose... yet it can be hard navigating this transition when we have spent so many years giving to our families and/or careers, often being stuck in survival mode or even burnt out. How do we find our way back to ourselves? What is your calling for the next season of your life?

Two professional life coaches will give you the opportunity to step away from your busy routine and take time to just focus on yourself. You will be guided in a personal reflection that will help realign your life around more fulfillment and meaning. We invite you to breathe, ground yourself and reconnect to who you really are, figure out what your higher purpose is and how you want to live it.

Our unique “Re-Ignite Your Purpose Journey” includes:

  • Past life mapping, a personal 360 debrief session, gong relaxation, intuitive letter writing, a purpose statement workshop, design thinking applied to life prototyping, a vision board session, mindfulness in nature and more.
  • Support and guidance from two life coaches, including group coaching and one private coaching session as a follow-up to the retreat.
  • Daily kundalini yoga, meditation or pranayama to relax, release what does not support you anymore, and embody your new choices.
  • Our personal chef will prepare wonderful nourishing meals for you daily.

About the Facilitators

Beth Page and Susanne Werblow went through some major changes in the past years and both of them came to a point in their lives where they felt they wanted to reinvent themselves. They wished they had benefited from guidance and a process to help them transition. Since they could not find it, they created it for others to enjoy. That’s how “Re-Ignite Your Purpose” was born.

Beth Page (she/her/hers): “My story emerged when I turned sixty during 2020. The pandemic slowdown allowed for deep reflection about what I would do next. People asked me if I was thinking of retiring and it was the last thing I felt like doing. I had other chapters inside me waiting to be born. I love to learn and began to explore a multitude of models, modalities, and paths to look at what reimagining my life at 60 could look like. All of the exploration for me personally led to the eventual partnership and birth of the business with my dear friend Susanne: “Your Midlife Calling”. In addition to being a midlife explorer, I am a partner at RHR International and serve as a trusted leadership coach to executives in a wide variety of industries, meeting them where they are and creating roadmaps that revitalize and support them and their organizations to evolve. As a leadership advisor, I am evidence-based and empathetic, leveraging my expertise in positive psychology and neuroscience.”

Beth holds a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri and has earned certificates in Neuroscience for Business from MIT Sloan School of Management, Brain-Based Coaching from the NeuroLeadership Institute, and Design Your Life Coaching from the Stanford Design Thinking Program.

Susanne Werblow (she/her/hers): “Early in my career I was a busy change management consulting and executive coach in Paris. In 2011, I moved to the U.S. with my husband and kids and basically lost everything important to me: the proximity to my family, close friendships, an interesting job. Back then, I made the radical choice to stop my corporate career and focus on the wellbeing of my two kids and my health, while also investing my professional energy into my hobbies. I started a yoga business, and also elevated my career as an artist.

About ten years later, as I was preparing to become an empty nester, COVID hit and I celebrated my 50th birthday. I started thinking that I wanted more and realized that I still had half of my life in front of me. I wanted to use my skills, experiences and energy to have a second career. I wanted to find work that would be intellectually stimulating, purposeful, in balance with my life.

Now, I am a life coach and in business with my best friend Beth. I love every single minute of what I do. I am free to organize my work in balance with my other passions : yoga, art, cooking and traveling. My level of happiness increased. My level of stress decreased.”

Susanne holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris and a Master in Urban Planning with ENPC. She is an IPEC certified professional life coach. Susanne has been a Kundalini Yoga Instructor for the past 10 years and founded Kundalini Yoga GR.

About our personal chef and certified holistic health coach (CHHC): Stephanie Laidlaw (she/her/hers)

Stephanie was trained and certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2009. Stephanie has almost 20 years of cooking and baking experience and uses her knowledge, skill, creativity, and passion to create recipes that can be adapted to almost any dietary need. Her niche is helping those struggling through difficult relationships with food, food allergies, and those looking for support and hope for their own nourishing food journey. Stephanie can be found most days in her kitchen cooking and baking allergy-free for her little family, but also over the years has loved to share her love for food and recipes at Stephanie is passionate about helping people through healing food experiences and speaking about hope after loss. Currently, Stephanie is also tackling a college education at Grand Valley State University with hopes to eventually graduate with a masters degree in social work and use it to work as a trauma-informed mental health therapist.

Retreat Schedule

Participants arrive Thursday, February 23 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and are invited to join us at WindHill for a relaxed dinner at 5:00 p.m. We’ll get to know each other and introduce the Re-Ignite Purpose Program. A relaxing meditation will close the evening.

Friday through Sunday at noon, participants will be in and out of the retreat program, alternating between group sessions and personal reflection. The detailed schedule will be shared a few weeks before the retreat starts. Expect a little bit of “homework” to prepare for the retreat.

The retreat will end mid-Sunday with a communal brunch and the participants will be invited to clean up their rooms and move out by 2 p.m.

Registration and Lodging Details


Please email Susanne to share your interest. Either Susanne or Beth will connect with you for an informal Zoom or phone info session. We will make sure that we answer all your questions and get to know you a bit. We will then invite you to sign up and reserve your spot.

Space is limited to a maximum of 10 women for this retreat.

  • Early Bird Registration (before January 1, 2023) is $899
  • Regular Registration (January 1, 2023 and after) is $999

Please inquire about options for financial accessibility and payment plans by emailing Susanne.

All meals are communal, gluten-free and dairy-free, and are included in the price of the retreat. Please let Susanne know if you have any additional dietary restrictions. You are welcome to bring additional snacks or your own food if you wish to. Each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen. See the complete GilChrist FAQ for more information about the facility.


Lodging is NOT included in the price of the retreat. It is separate and managed by GilChrist.

  1. 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.
  2. Lodging is $60/night per person in addition to the program fee, payable by cash or check at the end of the retreat. Participants will check into their cabins between 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23 at a time you communicate via your cabin reservation. Cabin check-out is latest at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 26.

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