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     Program Highlights

Opening to the Spirit — Online School of Contemplative Prayer with Carole Crumley

Join Carole as she illuminates the core prayer practices found in Tilden Edwards' Living in the Presence.  Already, over 400 contemplatives have gathered from 8 countries for the previous offerings of this treasured eCourse.  Please click here for their testimonials.

6 week session begins September 21, 2014
Register on our online store here.  Space is limited.

Know a group of 2 other friends, colleagues or prayer partners?  Gather a group of 3 or more and receive a discount.

Are you an eCourse graduate, a graduate of our Long Term programs and seeking support in leading a prayer group?  Help us pilot our Leadership Packages.


With Hearts Wide Open
Contemplative Leadership Day — Online

Do you yearn to explore a way of leading that is more aligned with your heart?
Are you seeking community and support for this heart-led way?

With hearts wide open, we can see how to lead in a contemplative way.  Contemplative Leadership can be very challenging no matter the workplace.  Find practices and support you'll need to remain spacious, flexible and open to the True Leader, the Spirit.

Through content videos and audio, Leah Rampy will help explore compassion and power as dimensions of contemplative leadership and will offer a space for reflection, contemplative practice and sharing with other leaders.  The workshop can be taken any of the three days the weekend of Thursday, October 9 to Saturday, October 11, 2014.  There will be a live chat session on Friday at noon.

     Space is limited in this new program offering.  To Register now, please click here.

Sacred Listening Circles: Group Spiritual Direction

Are you in the DC area and desiring a weekly experience in group spiritual direction sacred listening this Fall?

We are living in a time of upheaval and great change.  Some say we are on the cusp of a major evolutionary leap.  What is imperative is deep listening, also known as sacred or prayerful listening.  This is the listening we will cultivate in these circles.

10 Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:00 pm Shalem Library
October 10, 2014 to May 27, 2015

Register before September 17, 2014. Discount available for young adults.  To register now, please click here.

     For more information, please click here.


Slow Walk for Peace - Open to all  - Washington, DC or your local area

Cultivating inner peace and sending that to our world through every breath and step

September 25, 2014, 6-7PM
Shalem Library & Grounds
3025 Fourth Street Washington DC near Brookland/Catholic U Metro stop
Leader: Patience Robbins

There is no charge for this event, but please let us know you will join us in person, by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling us at (301) 897-7334. 
If you will be walking in your neighborhood, please email us to let us know and also post your own walk on Shalem's Facebook page.


AWAKE!  Living this Holy Moment - A Shalem Regional Gathering and Retreat - Sophia, NC

Listen- are you breathing just a little, and calling it life? - Mary Oliver

In today's fast-paced world, it sometimes seems difficult to even catch our breath.  Join us for this retreat where we will experience contemplative practices, have extended times for silent prayer and reflection, and share with others on the path of personal spiritual deepening.

For Shalem graduates, friends of Shalem, anyone seeking contemplative practice in community...

     March 22-25, 2015 Caraway Conference Center, Sophia, North Carolina
     Led by Shalem staff and Board Members
     Please click here to print Registration Form.

          Interested in registering or sharing with others?  Please click here to view and print flyer.
          Online registration coming soon.

Group Spiritual Direction Workshop - Registration full

We are accepting people for a waiting list for this program.

Whether you are new to group spiritual direction, wish to explore it further, or are seeking support and guidance for forming a group, please consider joining us for this workshop.

Immerse yourself in 3 days of 1500 acres of hilltop, pastures, and woods in the Shenandoah Valley; experience spiritual community, spiritual direction and explore your own call to this ministry.

Sunday to Wednesday, September 21 to 24, 2014
Register before Sept. 6 to receive Early Bird discount.  To register now, please click here.

For more information, please click here.

Tenth Annual Gathering of Shalem Society for Contemplative Leadership

Contemplative Leadership: Leading from Beyond Words
October 19-23, 2014

God speaks in language beyond all thought, in silence too deep for words, in ways that delight the senses, in fresh, never-before-expressed images.  At this year's Gathering, we will begin again with an extended silent retreat (36 hours) so that we steep ourselves in the Root of all words, in Love "so deep and sweet."  Then, refreshed and inspired, our listening hearts and conversations can carry the divine hope of leading from beyond words. 

If you have completed the second residency of a Shalem extension program, please prayerfully consider joining us in October.

     For more information, please click here.
     To register now, please click here.  Space is limited.

Contemplative Voices Award Honoring Cynthia Bourgeault

The Shalem Institute's Contemplative Voices Award was created to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to contemplative understanding, living and leadership and whose witness helps others live from the divine wellspring of compassion, strength, and authentic vision.

Please join us for this special fundraising event to celebrate contemporary contemplative voices and to support the work of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 4-6:30 PM
Evening program includes: a talk by Cynthia Bourgeault, presentation of the award, and reception with light refreshments.  Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Cynthia's newest book.

     Space is limited, please click here to register.

     For more information, please click here.

     Interested in becoming a Sponsor or Supporter of this event?  Please click here for more information.

Are you called or want to test a call to lead contemplative prayer groups and retreats?
Do you want to learn from the Christian contemplative tradition and the wisdom of other traditions?  Authentic spiritual leadership is greatly needed. This program provides resources for leadership of both short and long-term contemplative groups and retreats.  For Testimonials, please click here.

For more information to discern if this program is right for you, please click here.

For Application Form, please click here.
Early Bird deadline is November 1, 2014.



Nurturing the Call— Spiritual Guidance Program

Do you companion others on their spiritual journeys?
Do you desire support and enrichment for this ministry?

Since 1978, Shalem's Spiritual Guidance Program has been renowned for offering an environment that nurtures an increasing openness to the many ways God's Spirit is seeking to be alive in both our participants and in those whom they companion on life's spiritual journey.  For Testimonials, please click here.

For more information to discern if this program is right for you, please click here.

For Application Form, please click here.
Early Bird deadline is December 1, 2014




   Other Shalem News

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Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation nurtures contemplative living and leadership by caring for the spiritual heart in prayer and by offering ways of opening into the life of the Spirit.  We believe that living contemplatively is essential in today's often chaotic and challenging world.   And it is a way to live a truly authentic life—anchored in prayer, spiritually discerning, responsive to God.

Our programs and resources draw particularly on the Christian contemplative tradition, and our participants come from many different denominations, faith traditions, and walks of life.
At Shalem, we honor each individual spiritual path and welcome anyone who would seek to learn from the contemplative way.

To read more about Contemplative Spirituality, please click on the image below. 

Shalem is connected around the globe!  

Pulse aquí para leer la monografía de nuestro personal "¿Qué es la espiritualidad contemplativa?" en español.

여기를 누르시면 샬렘 선임연구원들의 논문 "관상적 영성이란 무엇인가?"를한글로 읽으실 수 있습니다. 





For Shalem Grads

  • Check out our Programs by Shalem Graduates page to see all the wonderful things our Grads are doing around the world! Contact us to post your programs!
  • Register now for the Annual Society Gathering. 

For more information, please click here

 *Reconnect and start your own Shalem Circle

Not in our local area? Shalem Graduates Offer Programs in Many Regions

New listings all over the world!  Programs in ID, IN, MD, NY, TX, VA, DC, WV, Austria, Canada, Italy.  Click here to find an offering near you. 

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