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  • Retreat
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Wellness and Healthcare

It is our natural rhythm to slow down and be more reflective in the winter months of rest and rejuvenation. Join Cynthia and Kristin for a weekend of Yin Yoga and Meditation, guided with openness and acceptance, to support this contemplative season as we dive deeper into witnessing the body and mind through slow movement and stillness. During this retreat, we will hold the intention to be present in our experience of the mind/body connection as we move towards inner peace and our personal resolve for 2020.  No previous yoga experience is necessary—all are welcome.

About the Facilitators

Cynthia Hoss is a master bodyworker of 30 years and holds certifications in Advanced Kripalu Yoga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. She is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist trained by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She has been studying and teaching yoga for over 20 years and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level with Yoga Alliance. She is an inspired student of Swami Kripalu, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Angela Farmer, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Melissa Spamer, Scott Blossom, and Stephanie Calhoun. Cynthia's teaching style and bodywork practices focus on taking you to your inner wisdom by opening the flow of energy to enhance health, vitality, and balance. 

Kristin Fiore is the owner and managing director of Down Dog Yoga Center and has been teaching yoga in Kalamazoo, Michigan since 2009. She is registered through Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and is a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator. Her most influential teachers are Sraddhasagar Ruth Hartung, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Angela Farmer, Melissa Spamer, Stephanie Calhoun, and David Emerson. Kristin encourages participants to let go of judgment and be fully present in the exploration of body, mind, and spirit. She is committed to Down Dog Yoga Center's mission of connecting people to healthy living, creativity, and community through Yoga and the healing arts.

Retreat Schedule


  • 2:00-5:00 p.m.: Cabin check-in
  • 6:00-8:30 p.m.: Evening practice


  • 9:00 a.m.-noon: Morning practice
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Afternoon practice
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Dinner / circle sharing


  • 9:00 a.m.-noon: Morning practice
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Cabin check-out


Registration and Lodging Details

Register for this retreat online at or call 269-993-2486. The program fee for the retreat is TBA. Once you have registered and paid for the program with Down Dog Yoga Center, contact GilChrist to reserve your cabin using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130. Lodging is $50/night per person in addition to the program fee. Participants will check into their cabins between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, at a time you communicate via your cabin reservation. Cabin check-out is 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Sunday. (Overflow lodging is at The Hermitage Community. The Hermitage has a communal kitchen as well as offering three meals a day. For reservations, phone 269-244-8696.)

A communal dinner will take place on Saturday evening, so please let Kristin know if you have any food restrictions. Other than Saturday evening, individuals are responsible for their own meals. Each guest space at GilChrist is equipped with a complete kitchen. See the complete GilChrist FAQ for more information about the facility.

If you have questions about this retreat please e-mail Kristin or Cynthia.



GilChrist Retreat Center

Three Rivers , MI 56265 Day Road