GilChrist, the Fetzer Institute's public retreat center, is located on 67 acres of woods and rolling fields and adjacent to several other retreat centers, including The Hermitage and St. Gregory's Episcopal Abbey. GilChrist provides a nurturing environment for contemplative practice.
GilChrist offers individual (self-guided) and small group retreats and workshops that support contemplative practice. Staff offers weekly spiritual practices for interested participants at no charge at GilChrist's common house, WindHill. Other occasionally scheduled community events will be posted on this Web site. GilChrist staff is available for conversation anytime regarding your retreat experience.
Facilities & Lodging
GilChrist's eight secluded hermitages encircle a common meadow with a small stone chapel for meditation and prayer. GilChrist retreat center also has a common meeting house, WindHill. All buildings, with the exception of the chapel, have modern heating, plumbing, and kitchen facilities. Guests need only provide their own food and housekeeping.
Cost: $45 per guest per night. (Discounted rate for stays of 7+ nights.)
The hermitages are heated and have full bathroom facilities, small yet complete kitchens, and screened porches or decks. Each is furnished with a bed, comfortable seating, and a desk for writing. Everything necessary for a solitary retreat is provided except food and housekeeping, which are the responsibility of the retreatants.
The common house, WindHill, contains a library, chapel, meditation loft, kitchen, and an apartment for guest facilitators who offer programs in keeping with GilChrist's purpose.
Grounds & Facilities
Tour GilChrist inside and out: a virtual visit to WindHill, our gardens, hermitages, labyrinth, and surroundings during the summer season.