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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Advent Quiet Day
Henri Nouwen, God and You: Deepening Your Spiritual Life

Dates: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 9 AM to Noon
Place: St. Peters Episcopal Church,3 W Ridge Rd,Skidaway Island,Savannah, GA 31411
Cost: Free
Details: Henri Nouwenbeloved and gifted author, priest, and internationally recognized spiritual master, counselor, and guideoffered gentle wisdom for universal questions of the spiritual life: Who am I? Where have I been and where am I going? Who is God for me? Where do I belong? How can I be of service? We will explore these questions through prayer, guided meditation, creative exercises, and interactive sharing.
Leader: Westina Matthews, PhD, is a teacher, spiritual director, retreat leader and graduate of Shalems Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program.
Contact: To register, call the parish office. (912) 598-7242.

Lenten Quiet Day: “What, Me Worry?”

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2017
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Place: Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center 16869 Taylor’s Landing Road,Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Cost: $35.00
Details: Needless worry, anxiety, and fear are emotions and coping mechanisms that can rob us of the joy of Christian living. As we begin the Lenten season, we’ll explore Jesus’ admonition to his disciples, “Do not worry about your life…” (Matthew 6:25-34). Using a variety of spiritual practicespraying with scripture, probing questions, guided meditation, small group sharing, art, silence and solitude, worship, etc.participants will pay attention to the things that worry them in their daily lives, pray with them, and discover both what they need to let go of and how they can more freely “strive for God’s kingdom.”
Leader: Rev. Ed Poling is a spiritual director, retired pastor and graduate of Shalems Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program; he convenes the Shalem Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Contemplative Leadership Team.
Contact: To register, contact Shepherd’s Spring at ggordon@shepherdsspring.org by March 1. Or register online at www.shepherdsspring.org

Retreat: The Grace of Our Mortality: Opening to the Fullness of LifeCelebrating The Anchorages 20th Year

Dates: Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 4 PM on Friday to after 1 PM on Sunday
Place: Kanuga Conference Center,Hendersonville, NC
Cost: $395 (includes six meals and a single room with a private bath)$10 registration fee due by March 29th
Details: Spiritual traditions teach that to be spiritually mature we must fully accept the impermanence of human life. Yet, in a culture that often denies death and marginalizes the dying, it is easy to avoid this engagement with our mortality, to our spiritual detriment. When we see life and death as part of a whole, death can become a friend, guiding us towards greater wisdom, self-knowledge and a better understanding of the spiritual path of dying and rising that Jesus showed us. This retreat will invite us to explore our fears about death and how accepting our finitude empowers us to live more fully in Gods grace. It will include experiential exercises, group sharing, reflection and prayer plus time to nap, read, walk nature trails and be with God and each other.
Leader: Bill Dietrich is a graduate of Shalems Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance and Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program. He serves Delaware Hospice as a volunteer chaplain and also co-directs Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living, a program of formation and support for those working in end-of-life settings.
Contact: Cathie@theanchorage.org or 864-232-5683

Breathing in Life Yoga Class: Inspiring and Gentle Yoga for Adults and Teens

Dates: Tuesdays: January 3,10,17, 24; February 7,14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4,11,18, 25; May 2,9,16, 23
Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Church of the Holy Spirit,3 Haytown RoadLebanon, NJ 08833 (www.churchholyspirit.org)
Cost: Package of 20 Classes – $200.00; Monthly Registration – $60.00 per month.
Leader: Kimberly Ann Borin is a graduate of three of Shalems long-term programs: Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening, Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Group & Retreats, and Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance.
Contact: If you are interested in registering, please e-mail Kimberly Borin at storiesofourown@mac.com. Payment is required to register, and you must register in order to attend. Sorry, no drop-ins. Snow Make-Up Dates will be: January 31st and May 30th.

Nourishing Peace Contemplative Prayer Class

Dates: Tuesdays: January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: Church of the Holy Spirit,3 Haytown RoadLebanon, NJ 08833 (www.churchholyspirit.org)
Cost: Free Will Offering for the Church of the Holy Spirit
Details: Each class will help you find your own inner peace byconnecting with your breath, silence, prayer, and spirit.
Leader: Kimberly Ann Borin is a graduate of three of Shalems long-term programs: Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening, Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Group & Retreats, and Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance.
Contact: If you are interested in registering, please send e-mail Kimberly Borin at storiesofourown@mac.com. You must register in order to attend the class. Sorry, nodrop-ins.

The Art of Retreat Workshops

Dates: See below, in Details
Time: See below, in Details
Place: Church of the Holy Spirit,3 Haytown RoadLebanon, NJ 08833 (www.churchholyspirit.org)
Cost: $35 each
Details: Each retreat will help you breathe life into your dreams and celebrate your own inner peace. Well use simple relaxation strategies, creativity, and exercises forexpression to bring nourishment to your body and encouragement for your heart and spirit.
January 10, 2017 from 5:15-7:15 pm – Breathing Life into Your Dreams – Part 1 Awareness, Vision, Release, and Creativity as Divine Gift

  • January 24, 2017 from 5:15 – 7:15 pm – Breathing Life into Your Dreams – Part 2 Awareness, Nourishment, Playful Joy, and Breathing Life Into YourDreams
  • February 21, 2017 from 5:15 – 7:15 pm – Celebration and Self-Care for Educators and Counselors – A simple class with nourishing yoga, breath work,and visualizations. Free but registration is required.
  • April 11, 2017 from 5:15 – 7:15 pm – Yoga as Prayer and Moving Meditation – An Exploration of Body Movement and Contemplative Prayer
  • May 23, 2017 from 5:15 – 7:15 pm – Yoga as Prayer and Moving Meditation – An Exploration of Restorative Poses for Peace and Healing

Leader: Kimberly Ann Borin is a graduate of three of Shalems long-term programs: Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening, Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Group & Retreats, and Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance.
Contact: If you are interested in registering to take the class, please e-mail Kimberly Borin at:storiesofourown@mac.com. Payment is required to register for the class, and you mustregister in order to attend. Sorry, no drop-ins. Any of these retreats are also offered as private classes. Price for a private class varies on the time anddesign required for the person or group. For more information please contact Kimberly directly.

Movement, Breath, Body, Earth: Outdoor Workshops on the Columbia Trail

Dates: See below, in Details
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Place: TBD (Califon or High Bridge)
Cost: $10
Details: Time on the trail with walking, running, and yoga too!

  • March 4, 2017 – Walking and Yoga on the Tail- Simple walking and yoga but a little more emphasis on walking.
  • April 1, 2017 – Trail Running and Simple Yoga- Learning to jog, walk, and rest with a little bit of stretching in between.
  • May 6, 2017 – Celebrating Mindfulness, Inspiration, and our Connection to the Natural World on the Trail -On this walk, well bring our awareness to thenatural world to see how nature speaks to us directly, offering us nourishment, and inspiration for the journey ahead.

Leader: Kimberly Ann Borin is a graduate of three of Shalems long-term programs: Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening, Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Group & Retreats, and Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance.
Contact: If you are interested in registering to take the class, please e-mail Kimberly Borin at storiesofourown@mac.com. Payment is required to register for the class, and you mustregister in order to attend. Sorry, no drop-ins. Specific details about where to meet and park on the trail will be given at the time of registration. Rain or severeweather make-up date will be on Sunday of the same weekend. Please wear comfortable and appropriate shoes and be sure to dress with layers. No experiencenecessary.

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).

Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, Christian Meditation

Dates & Time: Every Tuesday evening from 7-7:45pm
Place: St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101
Cost: Free
Details: This is for anyone seeking a deeper relationship with God in a silent gathering. Contemplative prayer is simply a wordless, trusting, opening of self to the divine presence. St. John of the Cross instructs us that “silence is the first language of God.” Come, be supported in your desire for God. No experience needed. All are welcome. Come as you are able.
Leaders: Maureen Jenkins, graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program Class of 2007. 703-356-1881. No registration needed.

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

Online Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days

Dates: Four Sabbath Retreat Days available: (1) Summer 2016, (2) Fall 2016, (3) Winter 2017, (4) Spring 2017
Time: On the beginning calendar date for each season the Seasonal Sabbath Retreat material will be sent directly to your “inbox” upon completion of registration.
Place: Online – material for a 6 hour Sabbath Retreat Day. This can be completed at your leisure. You may choose to select one day to complete the season’s retreat or extend the retreat over several days.
Cost: When purchased individually, (one at a time) each retreat is $100.00. Best Deal: The cost of all four Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days when purchased at one time on initial registration is $325.00 You may start your yearly Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Day journey during any season of the year.
Details: Each Sabbath Day you are invited explore the interior landscape of your heart while experiencing the beauty and joy of the season through a photo pilgrimage prayer walk. In addition to the photo pilgrimage, each Seasonal Sabbath Retreat will have three additional guided prayer practices. Themes are: Summer 2016 Fertile Soil, Fall 2016 Rhythm of Life, Winter 2017 Standing at the Threshold, Spring 2017 Unleashing the Creativity & Power.
For complete information: www.livingstreamsflowingwater.com/ministries/retreats/seasonal-sabbath-retreat-days/
Leader: Rev. Dr. Brenda K. Buckwell, Obl. OSB, a graduate of Shalem’s Going Deeper:Clergy Life and Leadership Program, is the founder of Living Streams Flowing Water, adjunct at Ashland Seminary teaching contemplative prayer and spiritual disciplines, a national retreat leader, spiritual director, life coach and author. Brenda also leads online retreats for UMC Cyber Campus and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her online teaching certification is from United Theological Seminary.
Contact: For more information: brenda@livingstreamsflowingwater.com; 614.517.8115 (cell).