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Namaste and Welcome!

Mark your Calendar and Register Early!
The Next Great Lakes Retreat will be held
Monday, June 17 thru Friday June 21, 2024

If you are looking for a place for spiritual development and fellowship, a place to relax and experience a week full of lectures, workshops, music, drumming, auctions, healing experiences and more, then this is the place for you! 

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Febuary 18, 2024 Update

 

 

Dear Great Lakes Retreat Family

 

Due to circumstances beyond our control,

The Great Lakes Retreat (TGLR) has moved the retreat to:

 

Glen Oaks Community College

62249 Shimmel Road

Centreville, MI.  49032

glenoaks.edu

 

Directions

 

This location is close to Three Rivers, south of Kalamazoo.

The dates, pricing, and events will stay the same. 

Please use the Registration form from the previous brochure to register.

 

The Committee appreciates everyone’s patience with the new venue.

We are fortunate to have found this beautiful location.

You will love it.

 

Blessings from The Great Lakes Retreat Committee

 

 

 

October 2022 Update

 

 

Dear Retreat Family,

 

We have shared with you our intention to provide The Great Lakes Retreat 2023 and what we know so far. 

 

Although we don’t have a contract, we are continuing our positive conversations with the Southwestern Michigan College located at 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, Michigan, 49047.  (If you google Southwestern Michigan College, you can look at their campus and download a map.)  Their dorm rooms are apartment pods with 4 private, locking, bedrooms off the living room and it includes a functioning kitchen and dinette area and 2 full bathrooms.    The front desk has someone on duty from 8am to 8pm with a backup RA in the building.  They do not have linen service and because of covid we are unable to find short term lease on bed linens.  We will need to bring our own.

 

Classrooms are in a separate building.  Our auditorium is in the student activities center where the Starbucks is located.

 

Their food service is a separate business they contract with for their students.  We are negotiating our needs with the head chef to include vegetarian and vegan choices along with meat choices.  The food choices will be limited in comparison to years past, but we are anticipating fine quality.

 

The best option dates available to us are June 19 – 23, 2003; Monday beginning after lunch through Friday, after lunch.  The cost for a full-time retreat is $750.  To host next year’s retreat, we will need at least, 40 full-time retreatants, registered by May 8, to move forward with The Great Lakes Retreat 2023.

 

There is nothing like the camaraderie that getting together with like-minded people gives you.  The Great Lakes Retreat is like a long Spiritual Family Reunion which includes exciting workshops and personal discoveries.  We hope you can join us at “The best Spiritual pajama party on the planet” coined by our dear friend Normandi Ellis.

 

In Service,

The Great Lakes Retreat Committee 

 

 

 

February 22, 2021 COVID_19 UPDATE

Dear Retreatants,

 

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you Olivet College has made the decision to cancel all their summer conferences for 2021.  Due to the unpredictable times we are living in, the committee will not be relocating our retreat and thus will have to cancel our event for a second year.

 

We were so looking forward to seeing you all and sharing time together.  But the Universe has another plan.  We encourage you to continue your work in the Light and your studies with our wonderful workshop presenters.  Many of them have information, workshops, books and more you can access through their website.  We encourage you to explore what they have to offer.

 

Continue to reach out to your family, friends, and your spiritual community.  We all need to be there for each other and send our love and light into the world.

 

The committee sends you virtual hugs and lots of good energy.  It will be a joyous day when we get to see each other in person.  In the meantime, be good to yourself and others and continue to express your heart-centered purpose.

 

Blessings,

Your Great Lakes Retreat Committee

 

May 27 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear The Great Lakes Retreat Family,

The Executive Staff of Olivet College has elected to close the Olivet College Campus for the summer of 2020 due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. We are sorry for the inconvenience. This decision was not made lightly but it is imperative that we follow the Governor’s Guidelines and be ready to serve our student body in the fall.

 

For The Great Lakes Retreat this means that it will be canceled for 2020. Our committee will be working on refunds for those retreatants that have already paid.

 

As soon as we have the dates for the 2021 retreat I will post them.

 

April 27 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear The Great Lakes Retreat Family,
 

We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, this is an unprecedented time for everyone — a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you.
 

Some of you have reached out to ask questions about having retreat this July.  At this time, we want to share with you what we have been told.

 

Olivet College is assessing the ever changing information regarding their commitment to safety of their current students and summer program participants.  They are currently not canceling their summer programming, which means that the retreat will be taking place in July.

 

We will keep you informed as we receive information from Olivet.  If we have to cancel the retreat, we will reimburse retreatants 100% of their payments. 
   

Until we see each other again; surround the world in love and light, be kind and patient with your neighbors, and take deep breaths.

 

Please be safe and stay healthy,

Your co-chairs Kristina and Shari

 

 

March 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Dear The Great Lakes Retreat Family,
 
We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, this is an unprecedented time for everyone — a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you.
 
Some of you have reached out to ask questions about having retreat this July.  At this time, it is unknown.  We want to share with you what we have been told.

 

Olivet College is assessing the ever changing information regarding their commitment to safety of their current students and summer program participants.  They are not making a decision about summer programming for the next 6 weeks to 2 months.

 

What we do know is that we would not be relocating the retreat if Olivet college is not able to host our event.  If we have to cancel the retreat, we will reimburse retreatants 100% of their payments.  We will keep you informed as we receive information from Olivet.
   
Until we see each other again; surround the world in love and light, be kind and patient with your neighbors, and take deep breaths.

 

Please be safe and stay healthy,

Your co-chairs Kristina and Shari

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Namaste and Welcome!

Mark your Calendar and Register Early!
The Next Great Lakes Retreat will be held
Monday, June 17 thru Friday June 21, 2024

If you are looking for a place for spiritual development and fellowship, a place to relax and experience a week full of lectures, workshops, music, drumming, auctions, healing experiences and more, then this is the place for you! 

.

Febuary 18, 2024 Update

 

 

Dear Great Lakes Retreat Family

 

Due to circumstances beyond our control,

The Great Lakes Retreat (TGLR) has moved the retreat to:

 

Glen Oaks Community College

62249 Shimmel Road

Centreville, MI.  49032

glenoaks.edu

 

Directions

 

This location is close to Three Rivers, south of Kalamazoo.

The dates, pricing, and events will stay the same. 

Please use the Registration form from the previous brochure to register.

 

The Committee appreciates everyone’s patience with the new venue.

We are fortunate to have found this beautiful location.

You will love it.

 

Blessings from The Great Lakes Retreat Committee

 

 

 

October 2022 Update

 

 

Dear Retreat Family,

 

We have shared with you our intention to provide The Great Lakes Retreat 2023 and what we know so far. 

 

Although we don’t have a contract, we are continuing our positive conversations with the Southwestern Michigan College located at 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, Michigan, 49047.  (If you google Southwestern Michigan College, you can look at their campus and download a map.)  Their dorm rooms are apartment pods with 4 private, locking, bedrooms off the living room and it includes a functioning kitchen and dinette area and 2 full bathrooms.    The front desk has someone on duty from 8am to 8pm with a backup RA in the building.  They do not have linen service and because of covid we are unable to find short term lease on bed linens.  We will need to bring our own.

 

Classrooms are in a separate building.  Our auditorium is in the student activities center where the Starbucks is located.

 

Their food service is a separate business they contract with for their students.  We are negotiating our needs with the head chef to include vegetarian and vegan choices along with meat choices.  The food choices will be limited in comparison to years past, but we are anticipating fine quality.

 

The best option dates available to us are June 19 – 23, 2003; Monday beginning after lunch through Friday, after lunch.  The cost for a full-time retreat is $750.  To host next year’s retreat, we will need at least, 40 full-time retreatants, registered by May 8, to move forward with The Great Lakes Retreat 2023.

 

There is nothing like the camaraderie that getting together with like-minded people gives you.  The Great Lakes Retreat is like a long Spiritual Family Reunion which includes exciting workshops and personal discoveries.  We hope you can join us at “The best Spiritual pajama party on the planet” coined by our dear friend Normandi Ellis.

 

In Service,

The Great Lakes Retreat Committee 

 

 

 

February 22, 2021 COVID_19 UPDATE

Dear Retreatants,

 

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you Olivet College has made the decision to cancel all their summer conferences for 2021.  Due to the unpredictable times we are living in, the committee will not be relocating our retreat and thus will have to cancel our event for a second year.

 

We were so looking forward to seeing you all and sharing time together.  But the Universe has another plan.  We encourage you to continue your work in the Light and your studies with our wonderful workshop presenters.  Many of them have information, workshops, books and more you can access through their website.  We encourage you to explore what they have to offer.

 

Continue to reach out to your family, friends, and your spiritual community.  We all need to be there for each other and send our love and light into the world.

 

The committee sends you virtual hugs and lots of good energy.  It will be a joyous day when we get to see each other in person.  In the meantime, be good to yourself and others and continue to express your heart-centered purpose.

 

Blessings,

Your Great Lakes Retreat Committee

 

May 27 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear The Great Lakes Retreat Family,

The Executive Staff of Olivet College has elected to close the Olivet College Campus for the summer of 2020 due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. We are sorry for the inconvenience. This decision was not made lightly but it is imperative that we follow the Governor’s Guidelines and be ready to serve our student body in the fall.

 

For The Great Lakes Retreat this means that it will be canceled for 2020. Our committee will be working on refunds for those retreatants that have already paid.

 

As soon as we have the dates for the 2021 retreat I will post them.

 

April 27 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear The Great Lakes Retreat Family,
 

We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, this is an unprecedented time for everyone — a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you.
 

Some of you have reached out to ask questions about having retreat this July.  At this time, we want to share with you what we have been told.

 

Olivet College is assessing the ever changing information regarding their commitment to safety of their current students and summer program participants.  They are currently not canceling their summer programming, which means that the retreat will be taking place in July.

 

We will keep you informed as we receive information from Olivet.  If we have to cancel the retreat, we will reimburse retreatants 100% of their payments. 
   

Until we see each other again; surround the world in love and light, be kind and patient with your neighbors, and take deep breaths.

 

Please be safe and stay healthy,

Your co-chairs Kristina and Shari

 

 

March 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Dear The Great Lakes Retreat Family,
 
We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, this is an unprecedented time for everyone — a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you.
 
Some of you have reached out to ask questions about having retreat this July.  At this time, it is unknown.  We want to share with you what we have been told.

 

Olivet College is assessing the ever changing information regarding their commitment to safety of their current students and summer program participants.  They are not making a decision about summer programming for the next 6 weeks to 2 months.

 

What we do know is that we would not be relocating the retreat if Olivet college is not able to host our event.  If we have to cancel the retreat, we will reimburse retreatants 100% of their payments.  We will keep you informed as we receive information from Olivet.
   
Until we see each other again; surround the world in love and light, be kind and patient with your neighbors, and take deep breaths.

 

Please be safe and stay healthy,

Your co-chairs Kristina and Shari

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Our 2023 Retreat Promises to be Fantastic!

We are very excited about this year’s program, and hope you will be able to join us. The Great Lakes Retreat has been meeting every summer or over 30 years. Each year our goal is to offer a high quality, week-long program for a reasonable price. Hope to see you there.

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