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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Wednesday Course: “A Theology of Sexuality”

Dates: Two Wednesdays, March 7 and March 14, 2018
Time: 10 AM and 7 PM; same course presented two different times each day
Place: Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Florida
Cost: Free and open to the public
Details: This course will examine how sexual issues are approached in the Bible, in the writings of various theologians of the past and the ways changing understandings of gender identity and sexual orientation can be incorporated into a theological perspective. It will examine a variety of issues including what it means to be transgendered, the importance of an accepting approach to differing sexual orientations, and the role of ethics in discussions of sexuality.
Leader: The Rev. Dr. John H. Danner is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program
Contact: Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, sanibelucc.org or 239-472-0497

Wednesday Course: “God, Guns and the Good Ole USA”

Dates: Two Wednesdays, March 7 and March 14, 2018
Time: 10 AM and 7 PM; same course presented two different times each day
Place: Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Florida
Cost: Free and open to the public
Details: This course will cover the history of gun rights and gun control in US history. It will explore how the Second Amendment came into being and the various ways it has been interpreted over the last two centuries. It will also explore the various ways theological language has even been used in the debates over gun control. Pastor Danner will discuss possible ways to address gun violence in the United States, as well as the positions taken by various religious organizations on the current state of affairs in the United States.
Leader: The Rev. Dr. John H. Danner is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program
Contact: Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, sanibelucc.org or 239-472-0497

Exploring the Grace of God: Living in God
An adjunct Audire offering for spiritual formation

Dates: Saturdays, Oct 7, 2017 through April 7, 2018
Time: Opening retreat, Saturday, Oct 7, 2017, 9 AM to 4:30 PM Regular Saturday gatherings, 9 AM to 12:30 PM
Place: Corpus Christi Episcopal Church Okahumpka, FL
Cost: $450; $50 deposit
Details: This will be an eight-month journey of reflection on the possibilities of your current time of life and where God is present. Participants will experience a variety of spiritual practices; explore an array of readings; and know the gifts of monthly listening circle and spiritual direction.
Leaders: Maureen Kramlinger, Beth Knight and Kathy Lieffort are all graduates of Shalem long-term programs. For full bios, see the link below where you may obtain a program brochure.
Contact: For questions, call Beth Knight, 352-978-8180; to register: please complete and submit registration form online at website link: https://audirespiritualdirection.org/personal-spiritual-deepening/

Pilgrimage in the Woods: Journeying Close-In

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 8:45 AM to 12 Noon, EDT
Place: The Center for Spirituality in Nature, 10790 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854
Cost: $15
Details: The term pilgrimage often brings to mind long walks in distant destinations. Yet we can bring the mind and heart of a pilgrim to wherever we are! In this spring walk through the freshly greening trees along the ever-changing Potomac River, we’ll journey “close in” with the pilgrim practices of being fully present to what is, seeing with new eyes, and bringing home the blessings. There will be time to share together as well as ample time for silence and reflection. We invite you to join us as we open to the beauty and wisdom all around and within. We’ll be walking along relatively level but frequently uneven, rocky ground along the moderate portions of Billy Goat Trail B, so please wear good footwear. A walking stick might also be helpful. Bring your journal if you have one and your open heart to see what may be revealed.
Leader: Leah Rampy is a graduate of Shalem’s Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening Program and Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program. She is an experienced retreat and pilgrimage leader with a strong interest in creation spirituality and contemplative leadership.
Contact: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pilgrimage-in-the-woods-journeying-close-in-tickets-43398565277

Mindful Living: Spiritual Practices for Journeying with God

Dates: Friday evening, April 20 – Sunday noon, April 22, 2018
Time: Registration, 3:00-5:00 PM Friday; retreat begins with dinner at 6:00 PM and ends with lunch on Sunday at noon.
Place: St Francis Springs Prayer Center, Stoneville, NCwww.stfrancissprings.com/
Cost: Double room is $220; single is $280. The cost includes six meals and all retreat materials. All rooms have private baths.
Details: This is a weekend of exploring the journey of transformation. We will move through mindful living with ourselves, with nature, in relationships, and in compassionate action in the world. While this is not a silent retreat, there will be opportunities for extended silence. Visit St. Francis Springs web site (link above) to see the beautiful inside and outdoor spaces that invite a contemplative experience with every step. Attire is casual.
Leaders: Jane Sharp is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Shalem’s group spiritual direction program and a former Shalem board member. Rev. Butch Sherrill and Frannie Motley are graduates of Shalem’s group spiritual direction program. Scott Young is Chair, Dept. of Counseling and Educational Development, UNCG and current student at the Living School of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Terri Burleson is a nurse practitioner and a member of the contemplative ministry team at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Contact: Jane Sharp at janegsharp@gmail.com or Butch Sherrill at butch.sherrill@westpreschurch.org. Registration deadline is Monday, April 9, 2018.

The Anchorage’s 20th Anniversary Retreat: “Make Your Home in My Love: An Invitation to Intimacy”

Dates: Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 5 PM on Friday to 2 PM on Sunday
Place: Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC
Cost: $495 includes single room, private bath, six meals and all materials; deposit ($10) by April 4th
Details: The Anchorage’s 20th Anniversary retreat is about “the practice of the presence of God,” since we have been using that book by Br. Lawrence all year for Desert Days and other gatherings. We have found throughout this year of “practice” that many have a hunger and thirst for a deeper intimacy with God. Our rhythm for our weekend will provide spacious flow. We will be bathed in Spirit-led music with Cindy Orr and will honor the Great Silence from evening prayer through breakfast to morning prayer. The four sessions will provide content around the invitation to intimacy, with ample reflection time in solitude, followed by reflection in listening groups, closing with plenary in the large group. Saturday will be free between lunch and dinner, for napping, walking around the lake, rocking on the porch, however God leads you. Our hope is that you will experience a deeper sense of our Triune God’s love for you.
Leaders: The leaders for this retreat are Clarence Fox, Cindy Orr, Catherine Powell, Harriette Sturges and Duke Walker. Clarence, Catherine and Harriette are all graduates of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program; Duke is a graduate of Shalem’s Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening Program. Clarence is a lifelong Episcopalian who has served in a variety of ministries at the parish and diocesan level; Cindy currently serves as the worship leader of Russell Community Church in Greenville, SC; Catherine is the founding servant leader of The Anchorage; and Duke is the founder of The Inner Hue.
Contact: (864) 232-5683 or Cathie@theanchorage.org

The Way of Discernment: Three Classes

Dates: Wednesday evening, 6:15-7:15 PM, starting January 10, 2018
Thursday morning, 10 AM-Noon, starting January 11, 2018
Monday evening, 6:30-8:30 PM, starting January 25, 2018
Place: Yates Baptist Church, 2819 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707
Cost: Purchase your own book at $8.00
Details: How do you discover God’s guidance for personal and congregational decisions? Explore paths to clarity in The Way of Discernment, a 10-week study for small groups. This book is designed for people yearning to hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance; individuals looking for direction in vocation or life changes; church leaders seeking clarity about their congregation’s distinctive mission; Christians searching for Gods will in matters of belief, ethics and faithful living. Sessions include: the beckoning of discernment, the heart of discernment, and communal discernment.
Leader: Larry Glover-Wetherington is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance and Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Programs.
Contact: To register, https://yateschurch.wufoo.com/forms/rkeylu41dh87e4/

Keeping Vigil Together: An Advent Silent Retreat

Dates: Friday, Dec 8, 7 PM to Sunday, Dec 10, Noon
OR An Advent Quiet Day Saturday, Dec 9, 9 AM to 5 PM
Place: St. Therese’s Retreat Center, 5277 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Cost: Weekend: $130 (includes overnight accommodations, 5 meals and coffee/tea)
Saturday Only: $30 (includes 2 meals and coffee/tea)
Details: Come spend a day or a weekend praying and reflecting together in silence with others who are striving to live a more contemplative life. Gently guided by members of the Shalem Institute’s Regional Leadership Team, this quiet day or retreat weekend will be an opportunity to experience shared silence and contemplative communal prayer.
Leader: Shalem’s Regional Contemplative Leadership Team for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky
Contact: Anita Davidson at NitaD0527@gmail.com or call 614-204-6417

The Anchorage’s 20th Anniversary Mini- Retreat:

Dates: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 6-9 PM
Place: The Anchorage, 18 Aldridge Drive, Greenville, SC 29607
Cost: Free; please arrive by 6:45 to enjoy food and fellowship
Details: Come celebrate God’s faithfulness for over 20 years.
Leaders: Catherine Powell is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and the founding servant leader of The Anchorage.
Contact: (864) 232-5683 or Cathie@theanchorage.org

Women’s Retreat: Continuing the Journey to a New Normal with Hope

Dates: Friday, December 8 and Saturday December 9, 2017
Time: 7-9 PM, Friday; 9 AM-4 PM, Saturday
Place: Whitley Theological Center Oblate School of Theology San Antonio, TX
Cost: $75 for Friday and Saturday; includes Saturday lunch
Details: Detachment and transformation are processes that take place as God continues to lead us on a journey to our true selves. Stops along the way often greet us with multiple losses such as illnesses, death, empty nest, loss of a job or relationship. Though these events are different, they share something in common: a personal invitation to pause and tend to the new spirituality being given life within us. Becoming aware of the losses and cooperating with God, we learn to grieve the losses and limitations of our perspectives in a renewed way that embraces our experiences. With Hope, our travel guide, we become renewed and transformed to the fullness that God created us to be. This annual, experiential women’s retreat offers space to pause together and explore what is giving life to us during this time. We will gently explore thresholds and conversion through relaxation, prayer, journaling, the arts, and group spiritual direction. NOTE: This is not a repeat of the first retreat in 2016 and attendance at first retreat is not required.
Leaders: Tina Guerra, a poet and spiritual director, is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. She is a SoulFriend with Haven For Hope (facilitating grief and loss retreats for its residents), a lay chaplain with the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (certified Respecting Choices facilitator who works with the chronically/terminal patient and their families), and is also a retreat facilitator. In addition to Shalem, she completed spiritual direction studies with Oblate Grotto & Direction Ministries and The Center For Spiritual Growth And The Contemplative Life, both in San Antonio. Tina Karagulian is an artist, poet and spiritual director who continues to explore ways to integrate healing of the mind, emotions and spirit. Currently a retired counselor, she has a Masters in Social Work and is a speaker and facilitator at the Summer Institute, contemplative events and women’s retreats at Oblate School of Theology. She received her spiritual direction certificate from Direction Ministries.
Contact: For information or to register, contact Brenda Reyna at (210) 3411366 EXT 212 or breyna@ost.edu.

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).

Silent Advent Retreat for Clergy

Dates: Tuesday, December 12 to Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time: 4 PM on Tuesday to 10 AM on Thursday
Place: The Bellfry Retreat Home Lexington, VA
Cost: $200 per person includes two nights lodging, Tuesday dinner, three meals Wednesday and breakfast on Thursday
Registration is limited and a non-refundable $100 deposit is due by 12/1/17 to hold your space. The remaining $100 is due on arrival and will be a contribution to one of the non-profits supported by the Bellfry.
Details: This silent retreat offers time apart to rest in God and prepare our hearts anew to receive the Christ Child.
Leaders: This retreat is offered by Clergy Spirit Care and will be facilitated by Joy Crawford, Bill Klein and Dawn Peck. Joy is a graduate of Shalems Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and Dawn is a graduate of Shalems Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats.
Contact: Dawn Peck at dhpeck@hotmail.com

Singing the Trees: Chant, Nature and Soul

Dates: April 20-22, 2018
Time: Begins on Friday at 5 PM (supper included) and ends after lunch Saturday
Place: Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community, 120 Jubilee Lane, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Cost: $298 single room; $248 shared room; $218 camping (bring own tent); cost includes six meals, lodging and program
Details: Standing tall in majesty and wildness, the trees beckon. Moving in rhythm with wind and rain, these strong and pliable pillars flow with a song of life that offers wisdom and joy. In this place where language fails, music invites us into an ever-deeper relationship with all beingsand with our heart’s longing. Join us as we sing and chant, listen to the music around us, and walk in the companionship of trees. You need not consider yourself a singer nor even feel that you can carry a tune; all are welcome to join in!
Leader: Leah Rampy is a graduate of Shalem’s Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening Program and Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program. She is an experienced retreat and pilgrimage leader with a strong interest in creation spirituality and contemplative leadership. David Rampy has sung in opera houses around the world and taught vocal music to individuals of all ages. He enjoys helping others open to music as a spiritual practice.
Contact: http://rollingridge.net/singingtrees/

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

The Advent of Jesus Through the Eyes of Others: An Online Retreat for Advent and Christmastide

Dates: November 19, 2017 through January 7, 2018
Time: On your own
Place: Online (see link below)
Cost: $125 for retreat; $180 includes spiritual guidance session
Details: In this eight-week retreat, you will delve deeply into the Christian seasons of Advent and Christmastide by taking a fresh look at the events surrounding Jesus’ coming into the world through the eyes of his mother Mary, stepfather Joseph, “Auntie” Elizabeth, the shepherds, wise men, and others. Each Sunday, we will send you an email, reminding you that a new week has begun. When you log into the retreat, you will find: a guided audio meditation, questions to ponder, an activity to help integrate what you have heard, and the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and experiences with other retreatants. Each week will remain “live” through the duration of the retreat, which will close on Saturday, January 13, 2018. An optional individual, one-hour session of spiritual guidance via Skype/FaceTime or phone is available for an additional fee.
Leader: Shirin McArthur is a spiritual guide, writer and editor from the American Southwest. She ponders the sacred through prayer, poetry, dance, photography, nature and contemplation. A graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, she has offered spiritual guidance for over 20 years and has been leading retreats since the early 1990s.
Contact: http://shirin-mcarthur.teachable.com/p/advent-of-jesus/