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  • GilChrist Retreat Center
  • Retreat
  • Arts and Culture
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Spiritual Formation

SoulCollage® is a simple intuitive process of creating many small collages and then giving voice to the images to discover their identity and the wisdom they carry. It is an imaginative, contemplative way to access one’s inner journey. Deep listening to the stirrings within bring the serenity of coming home to the life we are meant to live. Whether you are new to SoulCollage® or are experienced creating cards, this retreat offers time and space to creatively explore your inner being and the wisdom and blessings available there. The retreat will include daily group gatherings for learning and supportive interaction as individuals explore the paths of their inner life. Individual orientation and consultation are available as needed especially for those new to the SoulCollage® process. Between sessions retreatants will have opportunities for card making, walking the labyrinth and communing with the spirit of the land in the meadows, gardens and woodlands of Gilchrist.

About the Facilitator

Anita Smith Buckwalter is a spiritual midwife facilitating the increase of self-awareness and mindfulness of the Divine in all things. She is a licensed SoulCollage® facilitator, and an experienced spiritual director. She studied the Enneagram with Helen Palmer and the Michigan Enneagram Center. Through 40 years of pastoral ministry, Anita used art, music, dance and words to enrich worship and create individualized celebrations of life’s transitions. Anita delights in integrating all aspects of her life through the creativity and mystery of the SoulCollage® process.

Registration and Lodging Details

The cost of $350.00 includes facilitated programming and three nights lodging in a GilChrist cabin and all supplies needed for creating SoulCollage® cards.

To Register:

1. Contact Anita by email:

2. Send $50.00 non-refundable registration deposit to Anita at the address provided by response to your registration email.      

3. Contact GilChrist to reserve your cabin using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130.

Participants will check in between 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 and depart at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Individuals are responsible for their own meals, and each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen. See the complete GilChrist FAQ for more information about the facility.

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