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  • GilChrist Retreat Center
  • Retreat
  • Education
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Workplace / Life

Ten self-guided one-week residencies for teachers of preschool through fifth grade are being sponsored by the Nancy M. and Douglas M. Yeager Family Foundation, in partnership with GilChrist Retreat Center. 2022 is the 18th year that the teacher residencies have been offered.

The residencies in individual cottages provide selected teachers with the opportunity to spend a quiet week of reflection, writing, reading, and planning for the following school year and beyond. The retreat setting and environment is ideal for a truly contemplative experience. Several facilitated contemplative practices are also offered throughout the week, for those who would like to participate. 

There is no residency fee to be paid by the applicant, and there is no allowance beyond the living facility paid by the sponsor. The selected teachers are responsible for travel expenses, meals and materials. 

Application forms, found here, can be submitted on or after February 1, 2022. The deadline for completed applications is April 18, with acceptance decisions announced on or before May 18.

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