Offerings 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,

For a directory of spiritual retreat and conference centers, go to, integrated with, 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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Nurture Your Creative Genius: A Writing Workshop

Dates: Six Fridays, starting September 28, 2018
Time: 10 AM to Noon
Place: Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA
Cost: Please check with the workshop leader.
Details: This workshop is for writers of all skill levels and genres and is limited to eight participants. The workshop leader is certified in the Amherst Writers & Artists method developed by Pat Schneider and described in Writing with Ourselves and with Others (Oxford University Press). This method supports practiced and emerging voices through a proven method that encourages creative risks in writing from memory, imagination and dream.
Leader: Patrice Ficken, a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, is a spiritual director, writer and founder of Soul Care Connections.
Contact: Call 617-323-0566 or contact

The Sanctuary Between Us: A Renewal Retreat for Clergy and Spiritual Directors

Dates: November 13 – 14, 2018
Time: 10 AM, November 13 to 4 PM, November 14
Place: Chi Rho House, Camp Fowler, Pleasant, NY
Cost: $425
Details: “These times” in the life of our nation and world can be challenging, distracting, and depleting. Spiritual leaders and guides are expressing stress in a variety of ways. Come away for a time of rest and reflection. Find solace through contemplative practices and learn skills in nonviolent communication. In a safe and spacious environment, come home to self and to God.
Leader: Rev. Susie Allen is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. Rev. Susan Vincent Cox is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and the Soul of Leadership.

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:; 936-520-8004 (cell).

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 a past Shalem board member.
Contact: Cell: +43 664533 3530; Home: +43 6467 20 107; Email:

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

Habits of the Heart: Exploring the Basics of Spiritual Disciplines

Dates: July 30-August 25, 2018
Time: 4 weeks, online course
Cost: $135; space is limited
Details: Habits of the Heart are deeply ingrained ways of seeing, exploring, experiencing and responding to the world and the transcendent presence of Divine creative power and grace. But how does a habit of hope and prayer become “deeply ingrained” in ones heart? This personal enrichment class will explore through experiential discovery the basics of ancient spiritual disciplines for contemporary personal and corporate practice of prayer.
Leader: Brenda Buckwell is a graduate of Shalem’s Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program.

Soul Companioning: An Introduction to Spiritual Direction

Dates: September 3-29, 2018
Time: 4 weeks, online course
Cost: $135; space is limited
Details: The spiritual work of soul companioning has a rich and long history starting from the biblical times down through the evolving history of the Church to our contemporary times. This course provides a sweeping overview of the “care of souls” and its resultant expressions in the modern pastoral theology and care movement. Attention is given to spiritual friends, guidance and mentoring, with special focus on the distinct and time-honored ministry of spiritual direction.
Leader: Brenda Buckwell is a graduate of Shalem’s Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program.

Below are some recent publications from Shalem graduates. If you are a graduate of one of our long-term programs and have recently published something you’d like us to list, please send the details to us at

Sharon Freeman, Spiritual Perspectives: Gifts of a Prayerful Life, Basswood Press, 2016
A book of poetry

Nancy Flinchbaugh, Revelation at the Labyrinth, eLectio Publishing, 2017
A fictional account of personal healing and redemption

Joan Maxwell, Soul Support: Spiritual Encounters at Life’s End, Resource Publications, 2017
Memoir of a hospital chaplain

Joy Rains, Meditation Illuminated, Whole Earth Press, 2013
Simple ways to manage your busy mind

Shirley Weyrauch, Following the Bread Crumbs, Balboa Press, 2017
Prayer stations with photographic images