Events & Resources

Resources and Events offered by Mid-Michigan Spiritual Directors

Upcoming SDN Meetings

Next Meeting: Friday, October 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon at an Okemos location. Paula Young will be offering hands-on experiences with card-making themed for the winter season. This can be a very reflective process. She suggests bringing sharp scissors and 2-sided roller tape. For directions, write us through this website’s contact form.

Future meetings: January 11, 2019  and May 10, 2019, both from 10:00 to Noon.


Events Led by SDN Members

SoulCollage® Retreat

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – Sunday, August 5, 2018
GilChrist Retreat Center, 56265 Day Rd. Three Rivers, MI

led by Anita Smith Buckwalter

“What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver

SoulCollage® is an intuitive process of creating many small collages and then giving voice to the images to discover their identity and the wisdom they carry. It is an imaginative, contemplative way to tell the story of one’s inner journey. The benefits of giving voice to the many dimensions of ourselves can include: increasing self-knowledge, balancing strengths and excesses of our personalities, gentle and profound healing of inner wounds, and discernment of life direction. For people of faith it is another way to pray. Deep listening to the stirrings within bring the joy of coming home to the life we are meant to live.

There will be two group gatherings each day for ritual, suggestions for reflection, and small group card readings. Between sessions, retreatants will have opportunities for card making, walking the labyrinth, and communing with the spirit of the land in the meadows, gardens and woodlands of Gilchrist. Whether you are new to SoulCollage® or are experienced creating cards, this retreat offers time and space to creatively explore your inner being and the wisdom and blessings available there.

About the Facilitator: Anita Smith Buckwalter is a spiritual midwife facilitating the increase of self-awareness and mindfulness of the Divine within. She is a licensed SoulCollage® facilitator and experienced spiritual director. She studied the Enneagram with Helen Palmer and the Michigan Enneagram Center.

General Information: The retreat begins in Windhill at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and concludes at noon on Sunday. Cabin check in is at 2 p.m. Tuesday and check out is 2 p.m. Sunday.

Cost of the retreat is $475.00 which includes five nights in a private housekeeping cottage, meeting room use fee and facilitation of group sessions. Participants are responsible for their own meals. Hundreds of free images. Card making supplies and beginners kits for sale.

For further information or to register, contact Anita.


 Websites and Blogs by SDN Members

Books and Articles by SDN Members

  • The Ancient One: She Was, She Is, She Will Be Always, by Sharon Mick McAuley. Gift Book ~ Spiritual Life Resource with 24 Full Color Acrylic Illustrations for Meditation. Featured Verses on Wisdom. CD Recording of Two New Songs: “The Ancient One” and “Little As You Are.” Sheet Music with Melody and Chords. 36 Page, 6×9 Paperback. Limited Printing,  $20. Published August 2011. Send payment to: Artisans North, P O Box 1120, Frankfort, MI 49635. Make checks payable to Sharon McAuley, include your mailing address and contact information, plus $3.00 for shipping. Download a flyer.