JOY Retreat ~ Nourishing Your Soul

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Saturday 04/27/2024
9:00am - 12:00pm EST

Join us for our JOY Retreat ~ Nourishing Your Soul on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

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 in your life experience with God. We at the Dominican Center Marywood invite you to come nourish your soul through a sampling of our contemplative offerings and nurture what you and God are growing in your life.  

In this morning retreat, you will find a supportive spiritual space to practice sacred self-awareness and intention. Come learn, experience, pilgrimage, and pray with us as we focus on blessing and planting to reignite the joyful qualities you notice in yourself when you are aligned with God’s deepest desires for your spiritual journey.

Christ has no body now but mine. He prays in me, works in me, looks through my eyes, speaks through my words, works through my hands, , walks with my feet and loves with me here.

~ St. Teresa of Avila


Prayerful experiences include:

  • Experience the spirituality of Teresa de Avila: Carmelite nun, Spanish mystic, writer, and spiritual director — and one of our favorite teachers from Foundations in Spirituality.
  • Visio Divina, or "divine seeing," a visual, contemplative prayer
  • Embodied, contemplative practices such as planting and walking with a meditative and reflective intention.
  • Learn about Spiritual Direction

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 (Prayer Walk)

Spiritual Director, Foundations in Spirituality Facilitator, Co-Facilitator Spiritual Companioning, Retreat Facilitator

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

Kimberley Mulder

Spiritual Director, Program Assistant at Dominican Center Marywood, Writer

Kimberley is a spiritual director trained at Portland Seminary and Program Assistant at Dominican Center Marywood. She enjoys creating and hosting experiences and learning opportunities that tend souls. It is her experience and belief that when we live from the true self in Christ, we become people of courage, hope, patience, compassion, and peace.  Her motivation underlying her group facilitating, writing, teaching, and coordinating is that all will encounter God and therefore take another step towards their wholeness, to soulful living. Kimberley is a lifelong learner, a lover of nature and color, a seeker of wonder, and active comtemplative.


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