YALLI: Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative
“It was so helpful to go deeper, to be quiet, to be able to hear what I’m being called to do… and to share this experience with others.”
A program to nurture the spiritual life and strengthen the contemplative foundation of leadership for young adults
YALLI: Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative is for young adults (approximately ages 25-40) who seek a deeper spiritual foundation for their lives and work and who welcome the support of a like-minded community. This program is grounded in the Christian contemplative tradition yet it draws on the wisdom of many religious traditions to offer support for everyday living. In the midst of the challenges of the 21st century, this program provides concrete help in the struggle to live authentically with compassion, strength and vision.
Who Should Apply?
YALLI: Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative is designed for those who are:
September 2016 December 2017
Program includes at-home work, two residencies and a final paper.
At-Home Preparation: September 2016
First Residency: October 27-30, 2016
Dayspring Retreat Center, Germantown, MD
Second Residency: May 25-28, 2017
Dayspring Retreat Center
Final Gathering: November 4, 2017
Shalem Library, Washington, DC
At-Home Completion December 30, 2017
Final integration paper due
At-home work includes:
Program Residential Retreats:
We will have two four-day residential retreats at Dayspring Retreat Center, Germantown,
Maryland – a sacred place set aside for silence, solitude, reflection and prayer in the midst of
nature. All rooms are singles; linens are provided. These retreats are formative in building
spiritual community and deepening spiritual practices. They will also include seminars on
discernment, contemplative leadership and a silent retreat.
A Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the program to all participants who have met
the program requirements.
For more information, download the Detailed Program Brochure.
Hayley, Co-director of the Program, is a Presbyterian pastor serving Fairmile Parish Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a graduate of Shalem's pilot YALLI program and Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. She co-led Shalem's young adult pilgrimage to Edinburgh and is also part of Shalem's pilgrimage leadership team.
William (Bill) Stone
Bill, Co-director of the Program, is a Presbyterian pastor serving Greenback Parish Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a graduate of Shalem's YALLI pilot program. He co-led Shalem's young adult pilgrimage to Edinburgh and is also part of Shalem's pilgrimage leadership team.
For a full listing of current staff for this program, please download the Detailed Program Brochure below.
Although registrations have closed for the 2016-2017 class of YALLI: Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative, check back here for details for next year’s class.
Price of entire program:
$3,050 (includes start-up materials, program staff and administration and residency fees).
For more information on tuition and residency fees, installment plan, and tuition assistance, please download the Detailed Program Brochure below.