Programs by Shalem Graduates

The programs listed here are offered by graduates of Shalem’s long-term programs and are provided as a service for people looking for spiritual formation opportunities. They are not sponsored by the Shalem Institute. Contact each event directly to find out more information or to register — you cannot register for these events through Shalem.

If you would like to have your event added to this list, please email your listing to Monica Maxon, our Director of Communications and Marketing, monica@shalem.org.

For a directory of spiritual retreat and conference centers, go to www.findthedivine.com, integrated with www.seekaretreat.com, a directory of retreat events, retreat leaders and spiritual advisors.  Spiritual Directors International also has a resource list of global retreat centers.

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Spiritual Retreat About Job Loss
Losing Our Livelihood: Keeping Our Faith

Dates: September 21, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM 3:30 PM; please arrive by 9:15 AM
Place: Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center,1525 Marriottsville Road,Marriottsville, MD 21104
Cost: Free; includes lunch
Details: Job loss, whether sudden or long-anticipated, is more than an economic dislocation; it can shake the very foundations of our faith. God’s grace is, however, ever present in the riches of that faith. This retreat reflects on the spiritual challenges of being unemployed as we weave together Scripture, contemplative prayer, silence and community to discern together what God is doing in our midst. The day will consist of corporate prayer, plenary sessions with input, faith-sharing in pairs and small groups, time for silence and/or walking the grounds and attendance at Mass (if desired). We will end our time together by asking: Where do we go from here? Options for an ongoing job loss group will be explored at that time.
Leader: Rev. Dr. Linda Kapurch, an Episcopal priest and graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program, currently serves a parish in Pennsylvania and is Chaplain for the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. Her interest in the spiritual challenges of unemployment grew out of a support group that she designed and led for communities affected by the Dow-Dupont merger in early 2016.
Contact: Please register through Bon Secours: http://rccbonsecours.com

Contemplative Yoga Classes: The Gift Year

Dates: Tuesdays, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, 2016
Time: 6:15-7:00 PM
Place: Church of the Holy Spirit, 3 Haytown Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 –www.churchholyspirit.org
Cost: $60 per class; each class is limited to 10 people; registration is required
Details: Each class will help you clarify your dreams and choose simple, contemplative steps to breathe life into your heart and spirit. Please join us for thisnourishing and simple class where we recognize our gifts and bring them to life, one encouraging moment at a time.
Leader: Kimberly Ann Borin is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance and Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Programs. She loves to help people breathe life into their dreams and believes that we can find inspiration and peace in simple ways, each moment. She has been a teacher and counselor since 1989 and holds a doctorate in Education, a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and one in School Counseling. She is an Ananda Yoga Teacher for adults and children and the author of the Laughter Salad and Angel Pages series of books. You can learn more about Kimberly at: www.TheEncouragingWorks.com.
Contact: If you are interested in registering for a class, please email storiesofourown@mac.com and you will receive aregistration form. Payment is required to register for the class.

Nourishing Contemplative Arts Classes

Dates: Tuesdays, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13, 2016
Time: 6:15-7:00 PM
Place: Church of the Holy Spirit, 3 Haytown Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 –www.churchholyspirit.org
Cost: Free, but registration is required; each class is limited to 10 peopleDetails: Each class will help you find simple peace by connecting with your breath and the presence of the spirit. You will find that simply by sitting withothers and being available to gracethat the peace you seek is right around the corner. We will explore simple contemplative prayer techniques as wellas gentle chair yoga and stretching.
Leader: Kimberly Ann Borin is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance and Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Programs. She loves to help people breathe life into their dreams and believes that we can find inspiration and peace in simple ways, each moment. She has been a teacher and counselor since 1989 and holds a doctorate in Education, a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and one in School Counseling. She is an Ananda Yoga Teacher for adults and children and the author of the Laughter Salad and Angel Pages series of books. You can learn more about Kimberly at: www.TheEncouragingWorks.com.
Contact: If you are interested in registering for a class, please email storiesofourown@mac.com and you will receive aregistration form.

Gifts from God: Spirituality and Sexuality: A Contemplative Retreat

Dates: October 29, 2016
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Place: Trinity Wall Street,New York, NY
Cost: $25, includes lunch
Details: Spirituality and sexuality are intricately connected and both are gifts from God. Among people – particularly in faith communities – no other topic provokes such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation and gender identification. Join us as we engage in healthy and honest discussions around spirituality and sexuality. This contemplative Saturday retreat day will offer support to enter into your own interior life by providing guided meditation and prayer, journaling exercises, periods of silence and reflection, education, interactive sharing and resources.
Leaders: Westina Matthews, PhD, is an adjunct professor for the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary where she teaches contemplative spiritual direction. A spiritual director and retreat leader whose practice reflects contemplative living through “holy listening”, Westina is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and received her doctorate in education from the University of Chicago. She will be co-leading the day with Tommie Watkins, Jr., PhD, MDiv, MSW.
Contact: To RSVP or for more information, email christianformation@trinitywallstreet.org.

Mid-Life/Long-Life Directions Retreat

Dates: September 9-11, 2016
Place: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Erie, PA
Cost: Recommended donation is $250 for resident, $175 for commuter
Details: This is a weekend experience to refocus in the midst of life’s changes with a Mid-Life/Long-Life Directions Experience of Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults. A Mid-Life/Long-Life Directions Experience provides time to reflect on your past; looks at present reality and future hopes; helps you welcome transitions and reclaim gifts; and incorporates Judeo-Christian spirituality, Jungian and developmental psychology.
Presenters: Sr. Rosanne Loneck, OSB, is a certified Mid-Life/Long-Life Directions consultant, a spiritual director, is certified in Family and Consumer Sciences, and is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. Kathleen Kutz, MRE, is a religious educator and instructor in Hebrew and Christian Scriptures at parish and diocesan levels.
Contact:Email Sister Rosanne (srrosanne@mtstbenedict.org) or call 814- 899-0614. For more information and to register, click here.

A Weekly Centering Prayer Group

Dates: Ongoing
Time: 6:30 PM, Fridays
Place: St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church, 1803 Highland Hollow Drive at Texas 105 West, Conroe, TX (north of Houston)
Cost: Free
Details: This ongoing group provides the chance to come together weekly for centering prayer.
Leaders: Pamela Lewis, a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, has led and co-led retreats for years, and is co-leader of the Spiritual Formation Committee at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church. She is co-leading this group with the Rev. Deacon Phyllis Hartman.
Contact: For more information: gotyacovered45@yahoo.com; 936-520-8004 (cell).

Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, Christian Meditation

Dates & Time: Every Tuesday evening from 7-7:45pm
Place: St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101
Cost: Free
Details: This is for anyone seeking a deeper relationship with God in a silent gathering. Contemplative prayer is simply a wordless, trusting, opening of self to the divine presence. St. John of the Cross instructs us that “silence is the first language of God.” Come, be supported in your desire for God. No experience needed. All are welcome. Come as you are able.
Leaders: Maureen Jenkins, graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program Class of 2007. 703-356-1881. No registration needed.

Kairos Platzl

Dates: Ongoing
Time: Mondays and Fridays from 8-9 PM for meditation in the chapel. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 AM and 8-9 PM.
Place: 5505 Mhlbach am Hochknig, Mandlwandstrasse 437 AUSTRIA
Cost: Free. Please call or email for a place. The seating is limited. You may also make a private appointment.
Details: Kairos Platzl is a special place where individuals are invited to come and be, to enjoy nature, inhale the fresh mountain air, be reconnected with nature, listen to the voice within, and recharge their batteries. Locals are often blind to what is in front of them, and Kairos Platzl offers an opportunity to experience their environment in a new way. For visitors to the region, this is a unique welcome to begin their holiday: to prepare their bodies, minds, and spirits for the energy and radiance of Hochkoenig. It is an invitation to live more fully into this experience of nature as they hike, rest, and enjoy this mountain lifestyle. This special Platzl offers rest, time to be, words of encouragement and reflection.Come and join us in this informal and relaxed atmosphere as we breathe in this Kairos. Discover who you are and where you are being led.
Leader: Clair Ullmann is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and currently a Shalem board member.
Contact: Cell: +43 664533 3530; Home: +43 6467 20 107; Email: revclair@gmail.com

Contemplative Fire Gatherings

Dates: 4th Sunday of the month (except July)
Place: St. Leonard’s Anglican Church, 25 Wanless Avenue, Toronto, ON Canada
Cost: free-will offering
Details: This is the monthly worship of our alternative contemplative community. It is an experiential, eclectic, contemplative engagement with scripture and includes communion. There is spaciousness, stillness, and storytelling. It has a different flow, visual images and eclectic music each month depending on the theme.
Leader: Anne Crosthwait is an Anglican priest and Community Leader of Contemplative Fire. A graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Groups and Retreats Program, she is a retreat and spiritual director, artist and art-journaler.
Contact: 416-834-3400 www.contemplativefire.ca

Online Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days

Dates: Four Sabbath Retreat Days available: (1) Summer 2016, (2) Fall 2016, (3) Winter 2017, (4) Spring 2017
Time: On the beginning calendar date for each season the Seasonal Sabbath Retreat material will be sent directly to your “inbox” upon completion of registration.
Place: Online – material for a 6 hour Sabbath Retreat Day. This can be completed at your leisure. You may choose to select one day to complete the season’s retreat or extend the retreat over several days.
Cost: When purchased individually, (one at a time) each retreat is $100.00. Best Deal: The cost of all four Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days when purchased at one time on initial registration is $325.00 You may start your yearly Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Day journey during any season of the year.
Details: Each Sabbath Day you are invited explore the interior landscape of your heart while experiencing the beauty and joy of the season through a photo pilgrimage prayer walk. In addition to the photo pilgrimage, each Seasonal Sabbath Retreat will have three additional guided prayer practices. Themes are: Summer 2016 Fertile Soil, Fall 2016 Rhythm of Life, Winter 2017 Standing at the Threshold, Spring 2017 Unleashing the Creativity & Power.
For complete information: www.livingstreamsflowingwater.com/ministries/retreats/seasonal-sabbath-retreat-days/
Leader: Rev. Dr. Brenda K. Buckwell, Obl. OSB, a graduate of Shalem’s Going Deeper:Clergy Life and Leadership Program, is the founder of Living Streams Flowing Water, adjunct at Ashland Seminary teaching contemplative prayer and spiritual disciplines, a national retreat leader, spiritual director, life coach and author. Brenda also leads online retreats for UMC Cyber Campus and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her online teaching certification is from United Theological Seminary.
Contact: For more information: brenda@livingstreamsflowingwater.com; 614.517.8115 (cell).