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

In "Understanding Death and Passing for Everyone", we will explore ways to become more compassionate with others and ourselves during the end-of-life season. From a holistic perspective, we will discover ways of dealing with our intimate needs and feelings. We will draw on a non-denominational spiritual nature, including a First Nations’ talking circle, as we find the wisdom available to us from within. We will explore caring for loved ones and ourselves while making the end-of-life journey. Together, we will come together as a group as well as break for time alone in nature and the presence of silence from within. WindHill is reserved for our learning and discussion. Participants are asked to bring their lunch and drink, and a notebook and pen. Participants over age 17, please.

About the Facilitator

Lisa Wolfe provides consultations and appointments for Energy Care and Wellbeing; Understanding Death and Passing; Intuitive Counseling; Pure Spiritual Healing; and Animal Healing through the teachings of Spiritual Teacher, Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma. Lisa is a Michigan native who enjoys living immersed in beautiful nature while writing about and navigating her spiritual journey as a nurse and healer.

Retreat Schedule

9:00-9:10 a.m.: Enter retreat and check in

9:10-9:20 a.m.: Prepare the stillness as a group before retreat begins

11:20-11:40 a.m.: Break in the silence

11:40 a.m.: Continue seminar content

12:45-1:45 p.m.: Lunch

1:45 p.m.: Continue seminar content and time in nature

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Sharing of experiences; review and closing thoughts

Registration Details

First, email Lisa or call her at (269) 221-8335 to register for the seminar. The cost of the seminar is $160. Space is limited. Please inquire about options for financial need accommodations.

Participants may reserve a cabin to stay overnight if space is available. Once you have registered and paid for the seminar with Lisa, she will direct you to contact GilChrist to reserve a cabin using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130. Lodging is $60 per person per night in addition to the seminar fee. Participants will arrange check-in and check-out with GilChrist directly.

Lunch on Saturday will be in the silence. Individuals are responsible for their own meal(s). Each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen, and there is a kitchen space available at WindHill. See the complete 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