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, 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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Exploring the Grace of Now: Living in God

Dates: October 2019 through March 2020
Time: Monthly Saturday meeting 9am – 4pm
Place: Corpus Christi Episcopal Church, Okahumpka, FL
Cost: TBD
Details: Please join us for an eight-month journey of reflection on the possibilities of your current time of life and where God is active and present. Participants will experience a variety of spiritual practices, explore an array of readings, and know the gifts of monthly listening circles and spiritual direction.
Leaders: Maureen Kramlinger, MA, a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance, Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats, and Personal Spiritual Deepening Programs, is engaged in teaching, counseling, adult formation, hospice chaplaincy and grief care. Beth Knight, MAPC is an ordained deacon, a spiritual director and graduate of the Alaska Ignatian Seeking the Spirit Program. Kathy Lieffort, MS, a graduate of Shalem’s Soul of Leadership, is a spiritual director and executive coach. Chris Vogelsang, M.Ed., a former counselor and founding faculty member of the Servant Leadership School in Cincinnati, is an experienced seminar and retreat leader. For more details about all four facilitators, see the informational flyer by clicking the link below.
Contact: christyv@cfl.rr.com to learn more.

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 Patrice@soulconnections.com

Sacred Listening Circle

Dates: Meeting monthly, Tuesday evenings from October 2, 2018 to May 7, 2019 (9 sessions)
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM (First and last sessions meeting from 3:00-9:00 PM in retreat format)
Place: Haven Lutheran Church,1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Cost: $25.00
Details: Experience spiritual deepening through prayerful listening and conversation in a small group setting. The format follows the process of group spiritual direction developed by Rose Mary Dougherty and the Shalem Institute. Group members will engage in holy conversation built around times of shared silence, seeking the Spirit’s presence.
Leaders: Rev. Ed Poling, Retired minister in the Church of the Brethren is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. He has been leading these small groups for 20+ years. Jan McNamee, Roman Catholic layperson, former religious, is also a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program.
Contact: Ed Poling at 301-766-9005 or elpoling1@gmail.com

Clergy Sacred Listening Circle

Dates: Meeting monthly, Monday mornings from October 1, 2018 to May 6, 2019, (9 sessions)
Time: 9:00 AM-Noon (First and last sessions meeting from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM in retreat format)
Place: Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, 16869 Taylor’s Landing Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Cost: $200.00
Details: Experience spiritual deepening through prayerful listening and conversation in a small group setting. The format follows the process of group spiritual direction developed by Rose Mary Dougherty and the Shalem Institute. Group members will engage in holy conversation built around times of shared silence, seeking the Spirit’s presence.
Leaders: Rev. Ed Poling, Retired minister in the Church of the Brethren is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. He has been leading these small groups for 20+ years.
Contact: Ed Poling at 301-766-9005 orelpoling1@gmail.com

Listening To The Land: A Pilgrimage for the Wild Wide Open Heart

Dates: October 17-21, 2018
Time: Arrive in Albuquerque NM by noon on October 17, returned to ABQ airport by noon, Sunday October 21.
Place: Ancient pueblo sites and beautiful walks in northern New Mexico, with home base at Cliff River Springs Casitas:http://www.cliffriversprings.com/
Cost: Ranging from $600 (camping option) to $1000 for single and $1800 for double occupancy.
Details: Walking in and listening to the wide open landscape of northern New Mexico is a wonderful exploration for body and spirit. Pilgrimage is a chance to both rest and be renewed; it is the practice of walking, noticing, and being present to what is in each moment. Pilgrimage is bringing your feet to another place, so that your heart can be touched, nourished, encouraged. Come enjoy the deep gold of cottonwood leaves about to let go, and the scent of ancient twisting junipers. Let your hands play with shimmering micacious clay dug locally in New Mexico. Walk the same paths within ancient pueblo sites as the First Nations peoples. Enjoy deep silence, where you can listen to the wing-flap of a Raven. Experience meaningful community in wild wide open spaces.
Leaders: Marjory Bankson and Tiffany Montavon team up to offer their collective wisdom on listening to the land. Tiffany is a graduate of Shalem’s Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening Program.
Contact: Tiffany Montavon 571-241-0655, or email tamontavon@yahoo.com https://www.facebook.com/events/204263837041490/

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.
Contact: Susie.n.allen@gmail.com

A Contemplative Approach to Spirituality and Sexuality

Dates: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: All day
Place: St. Mary’s Sewanee, Sewanee, TN Sponsored by The Beecken Center of the School of Theology, University of the South
Cost: $160; lodging for the night of October 3 may be purchased separately
Details: Within faith communities, perhaps no other topic provokes such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Join us for this workshop as we engage in healthy and honest discussions about spirituality and sexuality.
Leaders: Dr.Westina Matthews and the Rev. Tommie Watkins, Jr. will facilitate. Westina is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program.
Contact: To learn more and to register, click here:http://beeckencenter.sewanee.edu/events/contemplative-spirituality-2018

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).

Seeking the Lover & the Beloved: Weekend Retreat for the Spiritual Journey

Dates: October 19-21, 2018
Time: 4 PM, Friday, October 19 to 2 PM, Sunday, October 21
Place: Richmond Hill, 2209 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23223
Cost: $190 per person based on double occupancy; $240 for a single room (singles limited)
Register by September 15 for Early Bird discount.
Details: How are we to love the Lover? How are we to live as the beloved? Bernard of Clairvaux and Julian of Norwich offer their experiences of the divine and urge us to seek union with the one who is our savior and friend, the one who graces us with unconditional mercy and forgiveness. Bernard guides us through four stages of loving God and ourselves until we are in full union with God. Julian reveals what God has shown her and reawakens a deep awareness of the Trinity. Join us for a weekend of seeking and finding while giving and receiving love.
Leaders: Phil Stone and Lynne Larson are leading this retreat. Phil is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and has completed Richmond Hill’s RUAH School of Spiritual Direction. He is the creator of findthedivine.com and seekaretreat.com, online directories of retreat centers and other spiritual resources.
Contact: Phil Stone at philstone@cox.net or Lynne Larson at llarson24@cox.net.

Silent Retreat Weekend

Dates: October 5-7, 2018
Time: 7 PM, October 5 to 1 PM, October 7
Place: St. Benedict’s Abbey, 12605-224th Avenue, Benet Lake, WI 53102
Cost: $225, includes private room and bath, Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch Early bird registration by September 7 is $199; regular registration deadline is September 14
Details: This is an opportunity to leave the distractions and noise of your daily life behind for a weekend and to live into the silence of this retreat offering. You will have time for that much needed rest and rejuvenation as well as an opportunity to listen more deeply for that “still, small voice of God” that may be nudging you. After an opening meditation Friday, silence will continue until late Sunday morning, ending with a time of group sharing and reflection. Prayer exercises will be offered throughout the course of the weekend, focused on discernment and based on readings from the book of John.
Leader: Spencer Foon facilitates a contemplative prayer group and participates in Contemplative Outreach Chicago’s Wisdom Practice Group. Becky Serpe is a spiritual director and the lead coordinator for the Christos’ Tending the Holy training program for spiritual directors. Both are graduates of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program.
Contact: Becky Serpe, 847-533-1285 or rebeccaserpe17@gmail.com

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

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.
Contact: http://www.livingstreamsflowingwater.com/upcoming-opportunities/

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.
Contact: http://www.livingstreamsflowingwater.com/upcoming-opportunities/

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 info@shalem.org.

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