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 use the same format shown below and 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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Church of the Wild

Dates: Meets monthly, usually the first Sunday of the month
Time: 3 PM
Place: Locations vary; Washington, DC Metro area
Cost: No charge but please check in to register and to get directions
Details: A program of the Center for Spirituality in Nature, Church of the Wild gathers monthly to honor the mutual indwelling of the Divine with the Earth and all of its beings, remembering our sacred interconnection and interdependence through multi-traditional spiritual practices, music, and solo or group wanderings. All are welcome.
Leaders: Rev. Sarah Anders (UCC), is a 2007 graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Groups & Retreats Program and Beth Norcross is founding director of the Center for Spirituality in Nature.
Contact: For more information, please visit:https://www.centerforspiritualityinnature.org/church-of-the-wild

Shalem Circle and Time for Renewal at DaySpring Retreat Center

Day & Time: Once a month; to be determined by group members
Cost: None
Place: Overlook Retreat House, on the grounds of DaySpring Retreat Center, Germantown, MD http://www.dayspringchurchmd.org/ministries/21
Details: The Shalem Circle fosters contemplative community and spiritual support for our journeys. Using silence, sharing and reflection, we come to a greater understanding of how the Holy One is moving in our lives. In addition, my thought is to offer a half day for participants and incorporate some solitude and fellowship with our gathering. The property sits on 200 acres with many walking paths. The invitation is to spend some personal time on the grounds, participate in the Circle and follow up with a potluck meal.
Host: Catalina Conneally-Salazar, Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, class of 2014
Contact: Catalina at desbobaj@gmail.com

Still Place: An Urban Retreat

Date and Time: Can be arranged as desired
Place: Still Place: An Urban Retreat https://stillplacemd.com/ in Mt. Rainier, Maryland
Cost: $10 per individual per hour or $30 per day
Food, facilitation or other services are available for an additional fee. Sliding scale is always possible and may be negotiated for each individual or group.
Details: Still Place is a space to nurture the body and spirit; a place for quiet, rest, solitude, and prayer in the middle of our city. Still Place welcomes individuals and small groups of up to 10 people to our home and garden for daytime accommodation. We can help you plan your day here or you can use your time as you wish. We can provide healthful, homemade snacks, soups, salads, and breads or you may bring your own food.
Leader: Judy Walsh-Mellett is the host of Still Place. She is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats. She has a long association with Dayspring Silent Retreat Center as a retreat leader.
Contact: Judy Walsh-Mellett at: stillplacemd@gmail.com or 301-927-2015

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).

Church of the Wild: Two Rivers

Dates: Meets monthly, usually on the first Sunday of the month
Time: 3-5PM
Place: Outdoors in nature preserves and on the grounds of retreat centers near Shepherdstown, WV
Cost: Free; register via Facebook or website
Details: Church of the Wild: Two Rivers is an emerging community, meeting in the midst of and sharing with the abundant life all around us. Our intent is to deepen our connection to the Sacred by being more open, present and available in each moment. We learn from the earth and trees, the skies and water, and all living beings in the web of the natural world. Located in a region where the winding Shenandoah meets the majestic Potomac River, we are nurtured in silence, beauty, and connection.
Leader: Leah Rampy is a graduate of Shalem’s Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening and Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats as well as the former executive director of Shalem. She serves on the staff of Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats and co-leads Shalem pilgrimages.
Contact: churchofthewild2rivers@gmail.com; www.churchofthewild2rivers.com; FB @churchofthewild2rivers

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: 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

Abide in Me

Date: Weekly online contemplative prayer group
Time: Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Cost: Free
Details: The theme of this drop-in group is “Abide in Me.” Each session begins with body prayer followed by a brief guidance that introduces a contemplative prayer practice. After a time of silence punctuated by a contemplative walk, we end with a brief time for participants to offer intercessions for those who are in need and for the world. No prior experience with contemplative practices is needed. All are welcome.
Leader: Robert S. (Robin) Seiler, Jr., a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program, has led meditation and contemplative prayer groups for over 25 years. He is a clinical social worker in private practice in College Park, MD.
Contact: For questions and information about how to access the group sessions: rsseilerjr55@gmail.com or 917-745-6135.

Closer Than Breath

Date: Registration opens September 1, 2020
Time: Ongoing, 6-week, self-paced course
Cost: $75
Details: Closer Than Breath is a 6-week, self-paced meditation course grounded in opening to God as closer than the air we breathe. Closer Than Breath is a self-paced course offering an interfaith approach to the meditation method of Centering Prayer.
Leader: Keith Kristich, a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Communities: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats, is a certified meditation teacher and commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer. Keith currently serves on the Board of Directors with Shalem. You can see more about Keith’s work here: http://keithkristich.com/
Contact: See http://closerthanbreath.com/ for details, to register, or to get on the wait list.

Essence Meditation Made Easy

Date: Ongoing online course
Time: You can move through the course on your own time frame and book your private sessions with Kimberly respecting your schedule. There is unlimited access to the material for as long as it exists.
Cost: $280
Details: This course offers you six preparation videos; eight weeks of video instruction; five new meditation techniques per week (totaling 40); a private session with Kimberly Braun (more available as you wish); integration exercises; and multiple videos to help you integrate the course daily. The training provides insightful guidance in how to maintain and build physical, emotional, and psychological health, balance, focus, stamina, peace and joy using meditation and meditation techniques. Check out the details and two FREE videos here:
https://www.ingomu.com/en/essence-meditation-made-easyfor-your-health-sanity-and-creativity/
Leader: Rev. Kimberly Braun, M.A., a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, is a spiritual director, author and international speaker, retreat leader, meditation coach, former Carmelite nun and fellow mystic and friend.
Contact: For questions and comments: Kimberly@kimberlybraun.com, 941-284-3036.

Henri Nouwen, God, and You: Deepening Your Personal Spiritual Life

Date: November 7, 2020
Time: 10 AM – Noon and 2:30 PM – 4 PM EDT
Cost: Suggested Donation is $75; scholarships available.
Details: Henri Nouwen – beloved and gifted author, priest and internationally recognized spiritual master, counselor and guide – offered gentle wisdom for universal questions of the spiritual life. We will explore these questions through prayer, journaling, quiet reflection, and interactive sharing. This is a virtual retreat hosted by Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist Monastery located in Moncks Corner, SC.
Leader: Westina Matthews, Ph.D is an author, public speaker, retreat leader and theologian. She is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and is an adjunct professor at The General Theological Seminary Center for Christian Spirituality where she teaches contemplative spiritual direction.
Contact: To learn more and to register https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Mepkin-Contemplative-Connect-October-Offerings.html?soid=1125469321950&aid=FMZuzC-vhik

On the Edge: Finding Peace in the Unexpected Place
A Contemplative Advent Retreat Day

Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
Time: Noon – 5:00 PM EST
Place: On Zoom
Cost: $30. Registration Deadline: December 4th, 2020, noon ET
Details: Co-sponsored by Shalem Midwest Contemplative Team and Transfiguration Spirituality Center
The lectionary texts for the second Sunday of Advent give us glimpses of how God uses the edge to pull us toward discoveries of a peace that is not of our own making. The edge is often the starting place of God’s unexpected shalom. This shalom is a gift which God awakens in order that the hidden wholeness and desire of Holy Love may find its way into our lived experience in often subtle yet profound ways. This retreat will invite participants to consider the edge places and times of their own experience and the holy surprise that often lies hidden in such space. A blend of word, music, imagery, and much silence will be the gift that is shared so that the edge may be welcomed and even savored.
Leader: Rev. Dave Long-Higgins is Transitional Conference Minister for the Heartland Conference, United Church of Christ, serving UCC congregations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Northern Kentucky. A parish pastor for over 30 years, Dave’s passion is to see individuals and churches grow in their sense of the alive presence of God and all that this discovery calls forth to be signs of good news in the world, so that all may flourish. His spiritual direction training was done through the Wellstreams Spiritual Direction Training Program of the Spirituality Network in Columbus, Ohio. A photographer, musician, and poet, Dave delights in finding ways to bring these gifts together as doorways of discovery and celebration of the spirit which is Love. He is married to the Rev. Beth Long-Higgins who is also a UCC minister. They have two adult children, Andrew and Hannah. In addition to time with family, cycling, travel (when not in COVID19 times), and reading help to keep Dave growing.
Contacts: For more information, call Rich Plant, 330-904-2057 or email him at richaplant@gmail.com
To register: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JHU3BWLFTEEYC

Standing Strong and Happy in the Storm

Date: Ongoing online course
Time: You can move through the course on your own time frame and book your private sessions with Kimberly respecting your schedule. There is unlimited access to the material for as long as it exists.
Cost: $297
Details: Do you believe it is possible to stand strong and happy in any storm that happens around you? Let Kimberly Braun show you perspectives and practices that have helped her cultivate living from her center where all strength and all happiness reside in fullness. This course includes eight weeks of teaching and practices designed to make meditation an easy and enjoyable part of your life. Kimberly has four free videos shedding light upon this topic: https://kimberlybraun.thinkific.com/courses/standing-strong-and-happy-in-the-storm
Leader: Rev. Kimberly Braun, M.A., a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, is a spiritual director, author and international speaker, retreat leader, meditation coach, former Carmelite nun and fellow mystic and friend.
Contact: For questions and comments: Kimberly@kimberlybraun.com, 941-284-3036.

Within Two Hearts: Teresa and Yours

Date: Ongoing online course with private group page for sharingTime
Time: This course can be taken on your own time with private sessions booked per your schedule. There is unlimited access to the material for as long as it exists.
Cost: $257
Details: Let Teresa of Avila become one of your best friends. Join Rev. Kimberly Braun in a five-week immersion in Teresa’s life and writings, geared to the enrichment of your own heart. The course offers: weekly meditation, videos, integration exercises, webinars and a private session with Rev. Kimberly. https://kimberlybraun.thinkific.com/courses/within-two-hearts-teresa-and-yours
NOTE: Enjoy 10 FREE videos on the landing page of the course, per the link above.
Leader: Rev. Kimberly Braun, M.A., a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, is a spiritual director, author and international speaker, retreat leader, meditation coach, former Carmelite nun and fellow mystic and friend.
Contact: For questions and comments: Kimberly@kimberlybraun.com, 941-284-3036.

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

Jade C. Angelica, Where Two Worlds Touch: A Spiritual Journey Through Alzheimers Disease, Skinner House Press, 2014.
A helpful resource for any director working with an Alzheimers/dementia caregiver as directee or for any director or directee who has a loved one with Alzheimers/dementia

Lerita Coleman Brown, When the Heart Speaks, Listen: Discovering Inner Wisdom,
Black Rose Writing, January 2019
Emphasizes the use of inner listening in coping with a heart transplant and other medical ordeals

Nancy Corson Carter, A Green Bough: Poems for Renewal, Resource Publications, 2019
Poems that celebrate the natural world and call for its repair

Nancy Corson Carter, Martha, Mary, and Jesus: Weaving Action and Contemplation in Daily Life, Wipf and Stock, 2020
A reprint of The Liturgical Press edition, 1992, with new Discussion Guides included in Afterword. Weaving as metaphor evoking creative alignment of our lives with Creation.

Nancy Flinchbaugh, Awakening: A Contemplative Primer on Learning to Sit, Higher Ground Books & Media, 2020
A how-to manual of contemplative practices

Nancy Flinchbaugh, Letters from the Earth, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018
A fresh voice of Gaia/God, who calls us to slow down and take time to appreciate the miraculous nature of all and to awaken to needed changes to avoid environmental destruction

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

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

Linda M. Longmire, Deepening a Sense of the Sacred: Contemplative Inspiration in Times of Need, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, December 2016
Contemplative poetry written from mindfulness practices in relation to a sense of the Sacred

Bruce T. Marshall, In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging, Skinner Press, 2017
Questions of meaning and Spirit re-assert themselves as we age

Westina Matthews, Dancing from the Inside Out: Grace-Filled Reflections on Growing Older,
Church Publishing, October 2019
A collection of essays about ordinary events that invites the reader to reflect on how God can be found in the season of aging

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

Gail Meyer, Celebrate Spirit! A Whimsical Journey Through a Woman’s Life, Celebrate Spirit Publishing, 2017
An invitation to journey in the company of Kathi Kurth’s miniature figures

Ruth Naylor, Faith Talk: A Spiritual Memoir Inviting Reflection and Dialogue, WestBow Press, 2019
Stories about her life of faith

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

Susan Scott, Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life, Upper Room, 2019
Meditations that encourage readers to realize that their lives still have meaning and that aging holds opportunities for spiritual growth

Therese Taylor-Stinson, ed., Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Stories of Contemplation and Justice, Church Publishing, 2017
Collection of essays that bear witness to the necessity of a marriage between contemplation and action

Mary van Balen, Reflections for Advent and Christmas: A Grace in the Moment Book, Biblio Publishing, 2019
A collection of columns on the themes of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany that invite reflection while living in the midst of a busy world

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

Holly W. Whitcomb, The Practice of Finding–How Gratitude Leads the Way to Enough, Wm B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co., 2019
Explores the spiritual practice of finding as the antidote to chronic seeking