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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

Because of the surge in positive COVID-19 cases in West Michigan, this retreat is rescheduled from April 23-25 to September 24-26.

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, 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 April 23
  • 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, meditation, 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, spiritual director, assists with retreat coordination at Dominican Center, and a retreat leader. For her directees, she holds a grace-filled space so they can deepen their awareness of how God illuminates their faith journeys. Mindy is attuned with spiritual wisdom and loving intentions to walk with others. She believes when we connect with our inner light, we renew our sense of joy, thereby empowering our soul’s purpose to reveal itself. Mindy’s experience also includes working as both a respiratory and physical therapist, which allows her to lead with a compassionate heart for enhancing wellness.

Sandra Mitchell

Certified Coach, Writer, and Retreat Leader

Combining her coaching background with her experience as a creative, it’s Sandra’s honor to provide creativity coaching as well as facilitate writing circles. It’s always her intention to hold a safe space for clients and fellow creatives to explore, make sense of, and find freedom from that which may be holding them back from fully stepping into their creative gifts. 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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