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.

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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:

Interfaith Coalition of Washington County Annual Winter Retreat
Dates: February 3, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM to 4 PM
Place: Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, 16869 Taylor’s Landing Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Cost: $38 Early-bird special until January 27, 2018; $42 after January 27, 2018
Details:Interfaith Sacred Listening Circles” How do we build community across religious and cultural traditions? Reading about other religions and attending workshops on diversity can be helpful. But the best way is getting to know people personally by listening to their stories, especially their deeper experiences of faith, and by our own sharing. Having soul conversations is a rare and precious thing. Parker Palmer suggests that the soul is shy like a wild animal. It needs to feel safe and only exists in a relationship of trust. A sacred listening circle is a small-group experience where participants are invited to listen to one another’s deeper stories in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality. And one of the important ingredients in this process is shared silence. When participants are from different religious or cultural traditions, the bonds of friendship that are developed help build a greater sense of community. Retreat participants will be introduced to sacred listening circles and invited to participate in this process together. Be prepared to slow down and relax with others as together we share our varied faith journeys in this beautiful setting.
Leader: Ed Poling is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. He has been facilitating sacred listening circles for over two decades and is also the current coordinator of the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County, which has been encouraging interfaith dialogue since 2002.
Contact: Ed Poling at

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,

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 or call 614-204-6417

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

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).

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

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:

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

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.