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    • Since 1973, the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation has fostered contemplative living and leadership by caring for the spiritual heart in prayer and by offering ways of opening into the life of the Spirit through our programs and other resources. We welcome individuals wherever they are on the path of spiritual discovery.
      Shalem is grounded in Christian contemplative spirituality yet draws on the wisdom of many religious traditions. We provide opportunity for spiritual exploration individually and within a community of seekers.

Inspiration for These Times

Staff/Board Recommendations In the past, we have offered a special book issue that provided a listing of staff/board reading picks. This year, we asked board and staff to consider any contemplative resources they found helpful in this unprecedented time. Books Tilden Edwards (Founder & Senior Fellow) and Jackson Droney (Staff Member) both recommend Barbara A. […]

The privilege of a lifetime is being who YOU are.

~Joseph Campbell

What you see depends not only on what you look at, but also, on where you look from.

~James Deacon


I shut my eyes in order to see.

~Paul Gauguin

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.


Live creatively, breathing existence.

~Rudolf Steiner

Categories: Contemplative Living. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote.

You may follow one stream. Know that it leads to the ocean, but do not mistake the stream for the ocean.


Have patience, and the mulberry leaf will become silk.

~Spanish proverb


All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see.

~Mark Nepo

Categories: Contemplative Living. Tags: Earth Day, nature, and spring. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote.

Our role in life is to bring the light of our own souls to the dim places around us.

~Joan Chittister