summer Teacher Residencies are...

typically 10 one-week residencies offered in modern, fully furnished cottages at the GilChrist Retreat Center in southwestern Michigan.  There is no residency fee to be paid by a participating teacher, and there is no allowance beyond the living facility paid by the sponsor.  The teacher is responsible for travel expenses, meals and materials.

The residencies provide selected teachers with the opportunity to spend a quiet week of reflection, writing, reading, and planning for the following school year and beyond.  The retreat setting and environment is ideal for a truly contemplative experience.  The beautiful cottages on wooded sites overlooking a restful and rolling meadow, provide a smoke-free, TV-free, phone-free and hassle-free environment.

2019 was the 16th year of the program and 9 teachers were selected for one-week residencies offered from July 2 to July 9. 

For more information about the GilChrist Retreat Center and an online application form for the 2019 residencies click here.