Journey into Silence Retreat ~ Summer Peace (6-Day Retreat in Conway, MI)


Sunday 06/09/2024 - Friday 06/14/2024
Retreat begins with dinner at 5:30 pm on Sunday, June 9, and concludes around 2:30 pm on Friday, June 14.

"Silence is full of truth. It is healing. It fills our inner chaos with peace."
~ Laurence Freeman, OSB, Benedictine Monk/Priest

Join us for Journey into Silence Retreat ~ Summer Peace, a six-day silent retreat, beginning June 9 - 14, 2024.

Silence the world around you. Silence the world within you. Silence the thoughts that shout out to you. In the stillness hear God’s voice. In the quiet, sense the Divine’s presence and the spiritual love that is waiting to embrace you.

Gently enter into silence during this retreat experience. A spiritual director will be here to companion with you on this summer silent retreat (learn more about spiritual direction).

This retreat is held at the Augustine Center Retreat House. The center is a retreat house welcoming individuals and groups for ongoing formation, education, and spirituality. The Augustine Center is located in Conway, Michigan, on the northern border of Petoskey. The Journey Into Silence Retreat begins with dinner at 5:30 pm on Sunday, June 9 and concludes around 2:30 pm on Friday, June 14, 2024.




Diane Zerfas OP

Diane Zerfas OP is the Spirituality Program Coordinator for Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, and is deeply involved in the center’s Spiritual Formation programs through the planning and teaching of Foundations in Spirituality and the Spiritual Direction Practicum. She holds bachelor’s degrees in math, chemistry, theology, and education from Aquinas College; master’s degrees in Arts in Religious Studies and in Pastoral Studies; a Specialized Certificate in Parish Life and Administration; and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Sister Diane Zerfas has ministered in many ways, including teaching high school as well as serving as formation director for Grand Rapids Dominicans, initiation and evangelization director at St. Mary Magdalen in Kentwood, Diocesan director of RCIA for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, co-director of Pastoral Life at Marywood, and leadership team member for the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.

Esther Yff-Prins

Spiritual Director, Centering Prayer, and Presenter

Esther Yff-Prins listens to sacred stories in spiritual direction and mentors aspiring spiritual directors. She writes poetry and lives an intentional, contemplative life.

Retreat Details


Questions: Dominican Center via phone at 616.514.3325 or by emailing

Catechist Certification

Many programs offered at Dominican Center Marywood may be taken for credit toward Catechist Certification for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. These programs are assigned a Content Formation Dimension (CFD). After attending the class in person, watching it live, or as a video on demand, go to the Catechist Certification Credit Form. Fill out the form and answer the reflection questions. The completed form needs to be printed and submitted to your religious education director in your parish.

Registration Fee and Information

  • Cost: $565
  • Includes spiritual direction, meals, and room.
  • Space is limited – please register at your earliest convenience.
  • Financial scholarships are available – call to request information.
  • View Dominican Center Marywood’s Refund Policy

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