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Being Home in Body, Mind, and Soul ~ A Weekend Retreat to Create Sacred Sanctuary (Online and In-Person)

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Friday 09/24/2021 - Sunday 09/26/2021

As we ride out the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, allow yourself to find space in the body, rest in the mind, and connection with the soul by taking part in Being Home in Body, Mind, and Soul ~ A Weekend Retreat to Create Sacred Sanctuary.

The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. ~ Maya Angelou

Last spring radically altered how many of us work, attend school, care for and connect with loved ones, and live in our physical homes. With the pandemic came countless unknowns and changes we were likely unprepared for. Now, more than a year into our COVID-19 existence, let us reflect on our experience of being at home in body, mind, and soul as well as contemplate action we might take to create sacred sanctuary within our homes and within our very being.

Franciscan Life Process Center LogoDominican Center’s Being Home in Body, Mind, and Soul retreat offers participants:

  • Ideas for creating sacred sanctuary in your physical home
  • Time for rest and movement to nurture your body
  • Space to explore and tame the wildness of your mind through journaling and creative pursuits of your choosing
  • Opportunities for silence, solitude, and other spiritual practices to expand connection with your soul
  • Time in nature on the tranquil grounds of the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan
  • Companioning with a spiritual director and a life coach, both online and in-person
  • Group spiritual direction

After you register for the retreat, you will receive an email from Dominican Center with …

  • A map to the Franciscan Life Process Center
  • Information on what to expect
  • Journaling prompts and other activities to complete before our first meeting on September 24
  • Liability forms that need to be reviewed, signed, and returned to Dominican Center before the retreat begins



Wednesday, September 22

A couple of days before the Being Home retreat officially begins, you'll receive an email with retreat guidelines, tips for preparing your at-home sacred space, and journaling prompts that focus on body awareness. Plan to spend, at a minimum, two hours on Thursday evening settling into your body and your space.

Friday, September 24 / 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Meet your fellow retreatants and retreat guides via Zoom. During our time together we will come home to our bodies with a centering meditation and breathwork. We will also spend time getting to know one another, setting intentions, journaling, and sharing.

Saturday, September 25

Spend the majority of the second retreat day quieting the mind with silence and solitude. On this day, you are invited to explore ways to tame your racing thoughts and shifting mindset. Perhaps your time will be spent resting, studying, moving, meditating, or in contemplative creativity. You may choose to check in with your retreat guides and fellow retreatants via Zoom at 11:30 am and again at 4:30 pm on this day. Optional retreat directives will be offered before the day begins.

Sunday, September 26 / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join your fellow retreatants and retreat guides at the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell as we take time and space to focus on our souls. We will gently begin our day together with a guided meditation and group sharing. After, weather permitting, immerse yourself in nature by exploring the serene grounds of the spirituality center. At lunchtime, you may choose to join with others for Centering Prayer. We will end the day with group spiritual direction.


Retreat Guides

Mindy Hills

DMin Candidate, Dominican Center Apprentice, Dominican Associate, Spiritual Director, and Retreat Leader

Mindy Hills is a Dominican Associate and certified Spiritual Director who assists with retreat coordination and facilitation. With radiant hope, she offers deep listening and gentle prompts to help others reflect on the spiritual dimensions of life and to notice the loving invitations of God’s presence within the ups and downs of their journey. Her faith-filled lived experiences support a belief in the gifts of retreat experiences that are designed to access the beauty of creation as a contemplative practice. As a prayerful companion, she empowers others to release limiting beliefs and feelings of hopelessness to live consciously active and fulfilling lives. Her ministry embodies heart-centered spiritual care with a passion for helping others rediscover and restore their capacity for resiliency.

Sandra Mitchell

Certified Coach, Writer, and Retreat Leader

As a coach and creative, Sandra guides and supports those on a path of transforming fear, frustration, and heartbreak to that of wisdom and healing. In addition to coaching, she facilitates retreats and Write Your Heart Out sessions where she holds space for you to hear your voice first. Sandra earned a degree in English literature from Aquinas College; spent more than a year in intense study, training, and practice with The Ford Institute for Transformational Training where she received her coaching certification; completed Martha Beck’s Write Into Light and Practical Wayfinding: The Creativity Mindset programs; and has 30 years of experience in storytelling, writing, and marketing for healthcare, wellness practitioners, ministries, and good causes. Learn more at

Retreat Details

About Franciscan Life Process Center

Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist and lay staff joyfully serve the people of West Michigan through programs offered at their farm campus near Lowell and our city campus in Grand Rapids. The mission of Franciscan Life Process Center is based in Franciscan spirituality, which promotes a relationship with God that brings dignity and hope to the sacred process of all life through programs that assist, educate, enrich and inform. The Franciscan Sisters have carried out this mission since 1974 and continue to do so with creativity and enthusiasm.

COVID-19 Precautions

For your time at the Franciscan Life Process Center, COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Weather permitting, you will be outside for the majority of your time at the center, giving plenty of room for social distancing — but ensure you bring a face covering for times when we gather both inside and out. Please also plan to bring with you a brown-bag meal for your lunch-time break.

Questions, Registration, and Cancellation Policy

If you have any additional questions, contact Dominican Center via email at

Please register for this retreat no later than Wednesday, September 22, 2021, as registration will close the following day. Thank you!

Refunds for cancellations cannot be made after September 22, 2021.

Scholarships are available. Please contact for information.

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