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

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.

Application forms can be submitted from this website on or after February 1, 2023. The deadline for completed applications is April 14, 2023 with acceptance decisions announced on or before May 15, 2023.

Registration and Lodging Details

Accepted applicants will receive information in May on the program schedule, cottage 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.

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