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

This retreat focuses on the teachings of the Saints and the need to nourish our meditation practice to grow. It is open to anyone interested in personal/spiritual growth. Generally, we have learned how to meditate and may have established a solid meditation practice. Now, we wonder about either the varied experiences we are having, or the total lack of experiences. We envisioned a golden path and a wonderful, blissful meditation journey. Rather, meditation reveals itself to be hard work, requiring effort and presenting physical challenges, as we work through the lessons that we uncover within us during the process.

No specific meditation practice or knowledge is required to attend. The weekend will include a shared dinner on Saturday, followed by a presentation on a meditation-related topic and discussion. A one-hour spiritual discourse (Satsang) based on Sant Mat teachings (the spiritual teachings of all saints) will take place Sunday morning, followed by a shared lunch. The gatherings are in the WindHill building at GilChrist.

See also:
Sant Mat America: Summer Retreat (June 14-16, 2024)
Sant Mat America: Fall Retreat (October 18-20, 2024)

About the Facilitator

Linda Frisbie has maintained a meditation practice since 1975 and has taught meditation and meditation instructors for more than twenty-five years. She has been presenting the teachings of Sant Mat at GilChrist since 2003.

Retreat Schedule


  • 1:00-4:00 p.m.: Arrival and check-in; private retreat time.


  • Morning: Private retreat, time to socialize and experience the beautiful scenery and energy of GilChrist.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Potluck vegetarian dinner.* Open to everyone.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Meditation-related presentation following dinner.


  • 10:00 a.m.: Satsang
  • 11:30 a.m.: Potluck vegetarian lunch.* Open to everyone.
  • Time to socialize and then to clean up WindHill and leave it as we found it.

*We kindly request that no meat dishes or alcohol are brought as most attendees are vegetarians.

Registration and Lodging Details

There is no cost for the retreat sessions. Lodging is at the cost of GilChrist cabins and space may be limited depending on the number of cabins reserved for each weekend.

Please contact GilChrist to reserve your cabin using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130 with any questions. Lodging is $60/night per person, payable by cash or check at the end of the retreat. Participants will check into their cabins between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, at a time you communicate via your cabin reservation. Cabin check-out is at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday or Monday, depending on the length of your stay as arranged with Gilchrist.

Other than Saturday evening and Sunday morning, individuals are responsible for their own meals. 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