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  • Do you sometimes wish you had an “on and off” switch for your brain?

  • Do wonder what it would be like to have the tools necessary to quiet your mind and live from your heart, your Soul more regularly?

Join us for a weekend retreat on the shores of Lake Michigan where you’ll experience the tools needed to find the pathway to your heart and Soul; the pathway to Silence and the mystery of wholeness.


Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 7 pm thru Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 12  noon.


West Michigan POS lakeside cottage on Lake Michigan outside of Shelby, MI.


$215 includes lodging, all meals and beverages for 2 nights.

(You also may want to purchase and read the book, Silence, the Mystery of Wholeness by Robert Sardello prior to the retreat if you wish, but it’s not required).


Space is limited to 8 men on a first come, first served basis. Register and pay on-line below or email us at


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Oct. 24-26: Lakeside Retreat


October 24-26–Fall Lakeside Retreat

Cost: $215 (Includes lodging, meals, snacks, and beverages)

Limited availability. Contact Brian ( to reserve your space today!


November 1: Men’s Spirituality Breakfast

St. Patricks of Parnell from 8:30am to noon.

Register with Cheryl Emmet at or at 616.691.8541

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September 20th– North End Ecumenical Men’s Breakfast



When: Breakfast served at 8:30am, event held 9am-12pm

Cost: $10.00 (includes full breakfast & workshop)


Facilitator: Brian Plachta, JD, MPC, author, counselor, & spiritual mentor

Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1025 3 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids

Register online @

Co-Sponsored by the following Churches:
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; St. Jude Catholic; Second Congregational;
North Park Presbyterian & Northlawn United Methodist



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Pillars of Steel Men’s Half-Day Retreat

 Nature: The Wisdom of Native American Spirituality




Pillars of Steel West Michigan Lakeside Winter Retreat

Date:  FridayFallRetreatFlyerFinal, February 21, 2014 starting at 7 pm to Sunday, February 23 @ 12 noon.

 Location: Lake Michigan (POS) Cottage In Shelby, MI 1 hour and 10 minutes from GR.

Cost: $195 includes all meals, beverages, snacks, and accommodations for 2 days and nights.

RSVP:  Space is limited to the first 6 guys to register.

To reserve your spot: Email Brian at:

 For Further Information Contact:

Brian Plachta:                        616-446-3393;

Ralph Annunziata:                312-576-8570;



Pillars of Steel Men’s Fall Weekend Retreat

Sept 20-22,2013

W Michigan Lakeshore Cottage

  • Do you wish you could take a break from the world to get re-centered, re-balanced, reconnected with your soul?
  • Do you have a desire to untether your soul?
  • Do you enjoy the freedom and solitude of walking along Lake Michigan, listening to nature’s wisdom speak to you?

Join us at the Pillars of Steel Men’s Fall Weekend Retreat.

Date:  Friday, September 20, 2013, 7 pm to Sunday, September 22 at 12 noon.

Location:  Lake Michigan [POS] Cottage in Shelby, MI, 1 hour and 10 minutes from GR.

Cost:  $175 or whatever you can offer; includes all meals, beverages and accommodations for 2 days and nights.

RSVP:  Email to reserve your spot.  

Space is limited to 6 men on a first come first serve basis.

For Further Information Contact:

 Brian Plachta 616-446-3393;; or Ralph Annunziata: 312-576-8570; ralph@pillars of    


Quieting the Mind…Untethering the Soul Saturday, June 22, 2013;  3:00-6:00 pm

  • Do yoimageu wish you had an on-off switch for your brain?
  • Do  you wonder what it would be like to reconnect with your Soul…
  • to discover who you really are?

Spend an afternoon learning how to quiet your mind so you can reconnect with your soul. Learn how to free yourself from habitual thinking and  find the source of your inner peace and wholeness.  This half-day workshop will take place at the “man-cave” (2167 Wildfield Drive N.E. Grand Rapids, MI) and will include a light dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks.  A donation of $25 is suggested to help cover the cost of materials and food. To reserve your spot, email:


  • Spend a weekend on Lake Michigan taking time for reflection, rest, relaxation, good food, and great conversation.
  • Reconnect with your Inner Compass in the beauty of nature.
  • Sit before a roaring campfire.
  •  Listen to your soul.
  • This men’s weekend retreat is hosted by Brian J. Plachta, spiritual mentor, assisted by Ralph Annunziata, chef.

DATE: Friday, May 3, 2013 starting at 7 pm through Sunday May 5 3:00 pm.

LOCATION: Lake Michigan cottage, Shelby, MI. Space is limited to 6 men. To reserve your spot. contact Brian Plachta via email at:


Green Eggs and Ham for the Man’s Soul—Does God Really Speak to Me?  If so, How?

Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Alphonsus Church Mass at 8 am.

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast at 8:30 am.

Guy Talk with Brian Plachta: Does God Really Talk to Me?  If so, How?

RSVP by calling Pat or Maggie at St. Als:  459-5472; or email Maggie at:


Mar 06, 2013-May 22, 2013

Presenter: Brian Plachta, Spiritual Director and Author

Cost: $195.00

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Recurs on:Wednesdays

Based on Julia Cameron’s award winning book. The Artist’s Way, this twelve-week workshop will help you identify and practice your creative gifts as a spiritual path toward God. You will also have a chance to practice your creative talent and obtain input from others on how to enhance your work. Note:Copies of The Artist’s Way may be ordered through the Dominican Center bookstore for $17.00. For more information or to register, please visit the link below:




Presenter: Brian Plachta

Cost: $10.00

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If you are interested in the idea of spiritual direction, yet not entirely sure what it is, this session is for you. The evening will explain the nature and purpose of both individual and group spiritual direction. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Register by cutting and pasting the link below:

Pillars of Steel: How Real Men Draw Strength from Each Other

Nov 06, 2012-Nov 27, 2012

  • Presenter: Brian Plachta, Spiritual Director, MA in Pastoral Counseling
  • Cost: $60.00
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Recurs on:Tuesdays

Who’s got your back? Do you wish you had two or three good strong buddies to draw strength from and to offer your own? Welcome to life under the man code—the unwritten conformity rules that society pressures men to follow. Join a small group of men for this four week workshop as we explore together how we can break the man code, explore genuine masculinity and find a new road to travel with other men on the God-path intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Using the recently published book: Pillars of Steel—How Real Men Draw Strength from Each Other, as one of our guides, we’ll blaze a new trail together and discover the power of bullet-proof friendships with other men.Cost: $60.00. The book will be available for purchase in the DCM bookstore for $11.95. Dates: Nov 6,13,20,27; 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Register here.

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