Spring Sacred Seed Retreat ~ A Contemplative Journey into Creation (Online and In Person)


Friday 04/28/2023 - Sunday 04/30/2023
6:30pm - 8:00pm EST

Join us for our Spring Sacred Seed Retreat ~ A Contemplative Journey into Creation beginning April 28. This soul-soothing retreat will help unearth guidance from nature to enable you to gently quiet everyday distractions and access deep spiritual tranquility. Dominican Center, in collaboration with Plainsong Farm, invites you to let your senses be revitalized by nature. Take part in an experience that will cultivate your ability to become silent and still, as you deeply listen and rest in God's presence.

Silence is God's first language.
~ John of the Cross

While you nurture and attend your inner garden it is our hope that you discover solitude in nature as a meaningful spiritual practice. In silence, we learn to listen — to ourselves and to God. In silence, we come to know ourselves and the reality of our lives more deeply. Allow prayerful silence to seed sacred spiritual growth for your journey.

The Sacred Seed Retreat is a personal silent retreat and is offered as a blended experience (online and in-person).

PLANT (Session I): FRIDAY / APRIL 28 / 6:30-8:00 pm

(via Zoom)

The focus of this guided gathering is to explore new seeds of possibility to emerge in your heart and life. Using Scripture and prayerful prompts, cultivate space in both your interior and exterior home to enhance quiet reflection. During this first session, you will briefly meet with your Retreat Spiritual Director who will prayerfully accompany you on your journey. 


(in-person at Plainsong Farm in Rockford - COVID-19 safety guidelines in place)

During this in-person session at Plainsong Farm, experience a self-guided prayer pilgrimage that's both interactive and in harmony with the earth. After you register for the retreat, Dominican Center Marywood will contact you to confirm your day and time preference.

Plainsong Farm is located at 6677 12 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341

Saturday (April 29)

9:00 am to 11:00 am

10:00am to 12:00 pm

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

2:00 pm to 4:00pm


(at Plainsong Farm)

The Sacred Seed Retreat experience concludes on Sunday with a sacred conversation with a Group Spiritual Director from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Retreat Guides

Anna Bonnema

Spiritual Director, Teacher, Presenter, Dominican Center Apprentice

Anna Bonnema is an apprentice with Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College’s spiritual formation team. Anna Bonnema is an open-armed Catholic. She is a lover of words and of nature, and is fueled by tea, lattes, and dog snuggles. Anna is wife to a man with a contagious laugh and mom to amazing teenage triplets. She teaches part time at Hope College — including a class by the name The Art of Listening —  and runs a peer mentoring program for students who are traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. Anna is a spiritual director, and loves the practice of listening well. You can read Anna’s writing on the Live Today Well blog.

Emily Ulmer

Plainsong Farm Program Director

Emily Ulmer serves Plainsong Farm as program director. She attends Western Theological Seminary, and as a Masters of Divinity student Emily is passionate about the intersection of liturgical formation and activism. She previously worked as a church worship coordinator and is a chapel steward at seminary. Before discerning a call to ministry Emily lived in Three Rivers, Michigan, as part of the culture is not optional community. She is an avid baker, podcast listener, and caretaker of indoor plants.


Before the Retreat

After you register for the retreat, you will receive an email from Dominican Center with a map to Plainsong Farm, information on what to expect, and forms that will need to be reviewed, signed, and returned to Dominican Center before the retreat begins.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Dominican Center Marywood via email at dcmvillage@dominicancenter.com.

Registration and Cancellation Policy

The registration fee covers all three sessions. Refunds for cancellations cannot be made after April 24, 2023.


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