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


Thursday 04/28/2022 - Sunday 05/01/2022
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): THURSDAY / 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

Friday (April 29)

10:00 am to Noon or 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Saturday (April 30)

10:00 am to Noon or 1:00 to 3:00 pm


(via Zoom)

The Sacred Seed Retreat experience concludes on Sunday with a 45-minute sacred conversation with your retreat spiritual director.

Retreat Guides

Mindy Hills, DMin

Dominican Associate, Dominican Center Apprentice, Spiritual Director, and Retreat Leader

Mindy Hills is a Dominican Associate and certified Spiritual Director who assists with retreat coordination and facilitation. With radiant hope, she offers deep listening and gentle prompts to help others reflect on the spiritual dimensions of life and to notice the loving invitations of God’s presence within the ups and downs of their journey. Her faith-filled lived experiences support a belief in the gifts of retreat experiences that are designed to access the beauty of creation as a contemplative practice. As a prayerful companion, she empowers others to release limiting beliefs and feelings of hopelessness to live consciously active and fulfilling lives. Her ministry embodies heart-centered spiritual care with a passion for helping others rediscover and restore their capacity for resiliency.

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 Marywood 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

Registration and Cancellation Policy

The registration fee covers all three sessions. Refunds for cancellations cannot be made after April 25, 2022.


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