Outdoor gardens and walking paths will be available.
Outdoor gardens and walking paths will be available.
Advent Day Retreat led by Faith Bierma and Patty Hogan
Join Us for a Day of Reflection and Inspiration!
Howard Thurman 1-Day Retreat led by Dr. Phillip Johnson
The Search for Common Ground
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
11321 Dutch Settlement Road
Three Rivers, MI 49093
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
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.
Encounter Prayer in a new way! Come and unleash the imagination and creativity of prayer through unexpected mediums. Using art, nature, movement, silence, and listening, we connect with God using all of our senses and honor the Lord who created our whole selves- and engages us wholly.
There will be guided workshops and space for personal reflection and group processing. Presenters: Faith Bierma, Patty Hogan, Mary Knapp, and more!
Come for the total experience: Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, meals included: $250, or come for the day on Saturday 9-4:30, lunch included : $75
Please RSVP at email@example.com, space is limited!
· Professor Emeritus MSU, Dr. Richard Leep, will lead a class on inoculating gourmet mushrooms on logs. Rich has several years of experience cultivating and marketing mushrooms. Rich will instruct on basic inoculation methods for backyard logs and for more extensive production.
Included with registration:
Suggested donation 200 USD
Limit of 10 participants
Register by 20 April. Contact Troy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Invite anyone you know who may like to come for this event.
Facilitated by Joel and Patty Hogan
March 4, 9:30am-3:30pm $75 Lunch included
On Saturday, March 4, 2023, the Hermitage invites you to participate in a Lenten retreat of Lament. We will work in small groups to write communal laments, and we will write individual, personal laments as well. Time will be given to bear witness to both small group and individual lament as participants are willing.
Lamentation, or Lament, is a God-given and biblical way to respond to and process grief and loss. When we lament, we give voice to the sacred stories of our lives and our world as they are disrupted, and as we strive to find meaning and resolve.
Psalm 102: 1-2
“A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.
Hear my prayer, O Lord!
And let my cry for help come to You.
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress;
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day when I call answer me quickly.”
Join us by emailing email@example.com to reserve your seat
“As Kingfishers Catch Fire”-
An Exploration of the Incarnation With Gerard Manley Hopkins
Date: December 3, 2022
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Place: The Hermitage Community, Three Rivers, MI
Presenter: Naomi Wenger
Suggested Donation: $75 (lunch included)
“…Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.”
These words from the closing of Gerard Manley Hopkin’s untitled sonnet, form a framework for an Advent Quiet Day reflection on Being, Doing, Incarnation and Divinization. Join with Naomi in a day-long meditation on one of Hopkin’s most beloved poems. As we prepare for the darkening days of Advent and the remembrance of the incarnate birth of the son of God, we take a few hours to remember that we participate in this great movement of God earthward by approaching the fullness of “our life … hidden in Christ with God” (Colossians 3:3).
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-244-8696 before November 26.
A silent retreat for women at the Hermitage will be hosted by the Sanctuary at Bear Creek on 14-16 October 2022 .
There are a few openings still available! Please use the link below to see if this opportunity is for you.
Dear Hermitage Friend,
In late August 1999 June and I moved into Nazareth, the double-wide mobile home on Hermitage property. This began a 3-month season of transition for us, and a 23-year loving relationship with The Hermitage. For most of those years we continued our relationship by coming on retreats, lots of volunteering, and my serving on the board for several years. In August 2018 we moved here again to join the staff. These past 23 years have been incredibly rich and rewarding. And June and I once again have entered time of transition as we’ve heard the call to move closer to my folks in Southern Manitoba.
In conversation with my spiritual direction trainer, a few months before starting here, the image of the inn-keeper in the parable of the Good Samaritan emerged as an identity shaping image for me. I saw him as offering hospitality to all who Christ brough to his door. A copy of the Rembrandt painting of the Samaritan dropping off the injured man at the inn has hung on the wall above my office phone during my time here. I am so grateful for a place to continually discover what this image and identity means for me. Bearing witness to the presence of Christ through our guests whether that be in silence or heartfelt conversation has been the greatest gift the Hermitage has offered me. These encounters have only strengthened my desire to share God’s hospitality and God’s rest. I look forward to discovering how this identity will find expression in our new home.
These years as director have been very rich, and very challenging. Attempting to lead the Hermitage through the season of Covid was a challenge I never could have imagined. The endless needs of our aging facilities included replacing one geothermal unit in the cold of winter, and then the other geothermal wasn’t heating properly and took many months to fully repair. Earlier this year a range, dryer, and microwave stopped working and needed to be replaced within two months. And I continue to keep an eye on the Hanby Center roof which we’ve put off replacing for a couple years. The list could go on.
Throughout my 23 years with The Hermitage, I’ve been overwhelmed by the support shown to the Hermitage. I’ve learned that it is the very presence of guests that most sustains this place. The presence of guests and staff turn this lovely spot in the woods into a place of encounter with God. I am deeply grateful for those who help share in the day-to-day work of the Hermitage, whether that be for an afternoon, or for many years. I am also continually grateful for those who have financially supported the Hermitage over its 37 years. For many years I was one of you and was always grateful to hear about the work happening here and showing my support through time, treasure and talent.
Transitions can be hard on people, and on an organization. There will be rough spots and times of uncertainty for the Biermas as they assume leadership. I can say with complete confidence, however, that the support of the broader Hermitage community will continue and will sustain them and this place for many years to come. I invite you to support the Hermitage through this transition to continue providing a way and a place to pray for 37 more years. No gift is too small.
You can donate online via our PayPal page.