bench by water's edge in fall forest
  • Retreat
  • Southwest Michigan
  • Spiritual Formation

For many of us concerned with the state of our world, these are challenging times. This retreat will offer an opportunity to reconnect to our internal resources and restore a sense of groundedness, supported by arts exploration and yoga practice. Participants will be invited to practice Kundalini yoga (breathwork, physical postures, and meditation), make art together in community, connect with nature, and process their experience in a group setting. The weekend will include ample time for solitude and quiet reflection on the GilChrist grounds.

About the Facilitators
Cindy Scovel, MA, LLPC, RYT is a holistic psychotherapist and yoga teacher. She specializes in supporting people through life transitions and grief and loss, drawing from mindfulness-based, transpersonal, existential, and family systems therapies. Through somatic and talk-based practices, Cindy helps clients tap into their inner strength and wisdom, make peace with the past, and move forward with grace and authenticity. She holds a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Buddhist psychology, and is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. She also offers workshops and retreats that feature Kundalini yoga, the yoga of awareness—a dynamic, powerful tool designed to give you an experience of your soul.

Alessandra Pye, MA, LPC is a psychotherapist and visual artist managing a private practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With 15+ years of experience in mental health, Alessandra became formally trained in Couple, Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Michigan University, where she acquired a Masters Degree in the department of Counseling Education/Counseling Psychology. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alessandra now lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and children, and she enjoys spending time in nature and in her art studio.

Retreat Details

  • Friday Evening: Opening Circle + Community Dinner*
  • Saturday Morning: Yoga & Meditation, followed by Arts Exploration
  • Saturday Late Afternoon/Evening: Group Process of Arts Exploration
  • Sunday Morning: Yoga & Meditation (optional)
  • Sunday Noon: Closing Circle

*We will gather together for a community dinner on Friday night, provided by your hosts; participants will be responsible for their own meals for the remainder of the retreat.

To join this retreat
Contact Cindy ( or 269-366-5481) to register for the retreat. The cost for the program is $250 for early bird registration, $275 after June 1. Space is limited. After you have registered with the facilitator, use GilChrist’s online reservation form or call the main office (269-244-1130) to reserve your cabin. Lodging is $50 per night, per person in addition to the program fee.


GilChrist Retreat Center

Three Rivers , MI 56265 Day Rd