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

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Thursday 08/05/2021 - Sunday 08/08/2021
The retreat begins with a 6:30 pm Zoom session on Thursday, August 5

Join us for our Summer Sacred Seed Retreat ~ A Contemplative Journey into Creation beginning August 5. 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 / AUGUST 5 / 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)Plainsong Farm Logo | Co-host for the Sacred Seed Retreats | Dominican Center, Grand Rapids, MI

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 will contact you to confirm your day and time preference.

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

Friday (August 6)

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

Saturday (August 7)

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

Mindy Hills is a Dominican Associate, spiritual director, assists with retreat coordination at Dominican Center, and a retreat leader. For her directees, she holds a grace-filled space so they can deepen their awareness of how God illuminates their faith journeys. Mindy is attuned with spiritual wisdom and loving intentions to walk with others. She believes when we connect with our inner light, we renew our sense of joy, thereby empowering our soul’s purpose to reveal itself.

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.

Retreat Details

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 via email at

Registration Fee and Cancellation Policy

The registration fee covers all three sessions. Refunds for cancellations cannot be made after August 1, 2021.


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