GilChrist Retreat Center

Please note: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we will continue to assess the progression of the virus, vaccination rates, and new scientific data as it becomes available, and we will adjust our plans and policies accordingly. We are practicing a 24-hour gap with thorough cleaning in each cabin between guests to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.

Welcome to GilChrist, a place where natural beauty strengthens our human capacity for compassion, gratitude, reverence, and creativity. People come here to pray, meditate, study, and work on their own or participate with others in scheduled events. Guests also enjoy the option to visit our neighbors at the Hermitage Community, the Apple Farm Community, and Saint Gregory’s Abbey and attend their open events.

Located on 67 acres of woods and rolling meadows in Three Rivers, Michigan, 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.