Monday, August 26 (with 6PM dinner) to Thursday, August 29 (after lunch)
The Bellfry
Lexington, VA
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Whether you are new to group spiritual direction, wish to explore it further, or are seeking support and guidance for forming a group, please consider joining us for this workshop.

  • Experience group spiritual direction within a prayerful community;
  • Deepen your contemplative grounding for this prayer practice through authentic sharing and faithful listening;
  • Expand your capacity to listen to God on behalf of others;
  • Find support for your call and explore ways to develop this ministry in your geographic area;
  • Nurture trust and discover how this process can transform the world;
  • Spend time in a rural setting with plenty of spaciousness for walking, resting, star gazing and soaking in beauty.

Participants will immerse themselves in spiritual community as they experience group spiritual direction and explore their own call to this ministry. Through experiential learning, presentations, small group gatherings and prayerful silence, participants will steep themselves in the contemplative grounding which is the heart of this ministry. There will be significant time for silence and time for enjoying the rural setting. Presentations will include the themes of: listening, spiritual community and intercessory prayer. Each person will experience and practice a listening/ sharing process that aids depth, trust and healing.

All have practiced and facilitated group spiritual direction for many years and enjoy sharing it with others!


Anne Grizzle, author, spiritual director, social worker, and retreat leader is a graduate of Shalem’s Facilitating Group Spiritual Direction Program.

Marlin Good, spiritual director and retreat leader, is a past participant in Shalem’s Group Spiritual Direction: A Conference and Retreat.

Nan Weir, a prayer group and retreat leader, is a graduate of Shalem’s Facilitating Group Spiritual Direction Program and Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program.

Cost & Register Now!

This event is currently full. If you would like to be added to a wait list, please contact

Please note: a group spiritual direction conference/retreat will be offered in the spring.

$475 Early Bird until August 1, 2019

$525 Regular after August 1, 2019




Price includes lodging (double room), food, tuition and all materials. There is an extra charge of $200 for a single room. (A special rate of $275 is available for bunk room accommodations and kitchen service. Contact Anne Grizzle at  if you are interested.)

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The Bellfry

1397 Zollman’s Mill Road, Lexington, VA 24450

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Our mission is to nurture contemplative living and leadership.


In 2025, Shalem will be a dynamic and inclusive community, empowered by the Spirit, where seekers engage in transformation of themselves, their communities, and the world through spiritual growth, deep connection, and courageous action.