JOY Retreat ~ A Morning of Rest and Renewal (In Person)


Saturday 05/06/2023
9:00am - 12:00pm EST

Join us for our JOY Retreat ~ A Morning of Rest and Renewal on Saturday, May 6, 2023

Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy.
~ Isaiah 60:5

In this life, there is Just One You (JOY!). You are a co-creator and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. Dominican Center Marywood on the campus of Aquinas College invites you to explore a variety of guided prayerful practices in a gentle in-person retreat that will serve to enliven your unique gifts. The ability to know your gifts and nurture them provides clarity in identifying where God is calling you to live a joy-filled life.

Our JOY Retreat offers renewal to those who are feeling isolated and exhausted. We invite healthcare practitioners and healers, emergency responders, teachers, students, and anyone else who feels challenged by these past many months of pandemic. On this morning of renewal, you will find a supportive spiritual space to practice sacred self-care. Take part in prayer-infused offerings to create new opportunities and broaden resources that are certain to encourage self-compassion and reignite the joyful qualities you notice in yourself when you are at your best.

Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~ Howard Thurmon


Prayerful experiences include:

See COVID precautions and guidelines.

Map for Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College | Grand Rapids, MI


Retreat Facilitator

Diane Zerfas, OP (Foundations in Spirituality)

Spirituality Program Coordinator

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.

Geralyn Myczkowiak (Lectio Divina)

Spiritual Director, Educator, and Presenter

Geralyn Myczkowiak (pronounced mitch cove e ack) completed the Spiritual Director Practicum at Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2019. She practices spiritual direction at Dominican Center, Design Futures, and in her home office. Geralyn leads spiritual book studies and teaches classes on listening, happiness, and Thomas Merton. She is a former Michigan public and private school teacher, ISD administrator, and educational consultant. Geralyn is a mother, sister, daughter, and grandmother. Her intent is to journey with others as they experience God’s love and unity in their daily lives.

Esther Yff-Prins

Presenter, Spiritual Director, and Centering Prayer Facilitator

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

Amanda Dobson

Dominican Center Apprentice, Spiritual Director, Co-Facilitator

Amanda Dobson is an associate coordinator for the Spirituality Programs at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College.  She serves as a member of the Formation Team and is deeply involved in the center’s Spiritual Formation Programs through the facilitation and teaching of Foundations in Spirituality, Tending the Call, and Preparing for Advent. Amanda holds a B.A. in English, a certificate for Spiritual Direction from DCM, and is a 2019 graduate of The Living School, Albuquerque, NM.  She is a wife and mother of three and lives in Ada, Michigan.


More Information

Read our FAQs, which include COVID-19 health and safety precautions here.

Please contact Dominican Center via phone at 616.514.3325 or by emailing

Retreat Location

The JOY Retreat will be held in-person at Dominican Center’s new home at Aquinas College at 1700 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI.

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