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Howard Thurman Retreat

January 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join Us for a Day of Reflection and Inspiration!

Howard Thurman 1-Day Retreat led by Dr. Phillip Johnson

The Search for Common Ground

Howard Thurman

A Beacon of Hope


On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth we reflect on the life and work of Dr. Howard Thurman. Dr. Thurman was spiritual advisor to Dr. King and one of the principal architects of the modern, nonviolent civil rights movement.

Dr. Thurman devoted his life and work to the quest for common ground. He believed that the quest for community begins with the contemplative life and when our inner sense of wholeness, integration, and harmony is awakened we become “apostles of sensitiveness” who work for transformation in the world even as we are working on it in ourselves. Dr. Thurman challenges us to move deep into our own hearts to move nearer to the inner experiences of all peoples, cultures, and faiths. During these troubled and fragile times, Dr. Howard Thurman is a beacon of hope for those who dream and continue the search for common ground. Through prayer, meditation, reflection, and small group discussions, we invite you to listen to “the sound of the genuine” within, as we reimagine the search for common ground amid the challenges and threats we face today.


Date: 20 January 2024

Time: 9am-430pm

The Hermitage

11321 Dutch Settlement Road

Three Rivers, MI 49093


Event Highlights:

  • Howard Thurman’s Wisdom and Teachings
  • Delicious Lunch Included
  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Reflection and Community


Retreat Day Schedule

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration and Welcome (informal)

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Opening Meditation and Intro to Howard Thurman

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Workshop 1: The Quest for Community

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Hermitage Lunch

1:45 PM – 3:30 PM Workshop 2: Meditation, Howard Thurman: Spiritual Activist

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Silent /Personal Reflection

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Departure

Facilitator Bio

Dr. Johnson is a retreat leader, speaker, spiritual director*, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, licensed professional counselor, who has authored journal articles and book chapters. He desires to support all people on their spiritual journeys and help them to embrace a deeper sense of their inherent somebodiness as they discover their unique sacred calling.

*Certified Spiritual Director, (Completed Spiritual Formation and Practicum at Dominican Center Marywood, Aquinas College)

Cost: 85 USD

Registration Details: To register, please fill in the reservation request form. Please note in the comments of the form that you are registering for the Thurman Retreat.

Would you like to meet with someone for spiritual direction during your retreat? (Requested amount of $50-75 per session.) Fees for sessions with David or Naomi Wenger should be paid directly to them.
We serve vegetarian meals and strive to accommodate guests' needs. With at least one week's notice, we are able to accommodate for gluten, corn, dairy, soy, and peanut free meals. If allergies are much more complicated than this, please bring food to supplement what we provide.
Massages are available through appointment with David Wenger (and paid to David directly). If you request a massage here we will reach out to David and he will get in touch with you regarding schedule availability during your stay.
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January 20
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Chapel of the Transfiguration