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  • GilChrist Retreat Center
  • Retreat
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Wellness and Healthcare
  • Workplace / Life

Note from the program sponsor: We are deeply saddened to share news of the passing of our founder and inspiration, Douglas M. Yeager, on December 24, 2022. While we continue to navigate the loss, we are committed to carrying on this work and building upon the legacy he initiated to honor the memory of his wife and our mother, friend, and grandmother.


Ten self-guided one-week residencies for preschool through fifth grade teachers are being sponsored from July 6 to July 13 by the Nancy M. and Douglas M. Yeager Family Foundation, in partnership with GilChrist Retreat Center and the Fetzer Institute.

The residencies 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. The beautiful cottages on wooded sites overlooking a restful and rolling meadow provide a TV-free and hassle-free environment. Several facilitated contemplative practices are also offered throughout the week, for those who would like to participate.

2023 is the 19th year the teacher residencies have been offered.

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.

Click here for more information and to complete the application form. 

Please submit your application by May 5. Residency recipients will be notified on or before May 15.

Registration and Lodging Details

Accepted applicants will receive information in advance on the program schedule, cabin reservations, facilitated contemplative practices, and check-in and check-out times. Other than opening and closing group dinners, individual participants are responsible for their own meals. Each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen. See GilChrist FAQ for more information about the facility.


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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