Group Spiritual Direction Workshops

Several Dates and Options Offered

Would you like to expand your capacity to listen to God on behalf of others?

GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION LEVEL 1 WORKSHOP: September 20 – 22, 2024

LISTENING IN COMMUNITY: A GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION, SOUL COLLAGE® & LABYRINTH WORKSHOP: August 18-20, 2024

GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION LEVEL 2 WORKSHOP: Check Back for Upcoming Dates


“I attended the in-person GSD workshop in 2017, and it felt like coming home. This process has been such a gentle and grace-filled container for growth in my prayer life, and in my relationships. All of the foundational elements of Group Spiritual Direction can be applied to other contexts, so that we are not simply learning a format, we are receiving a new way of being.”

-Sarah Forti


Group Spiritual Direction Level 1 Workshop

For Those Who Want to Learn or Deepen the Practice of Group Spiritual Direction

September 20 – 22, 2024 (via Zoom)

Would you like to expand your capacity to listen to God on behalf of others?

Schedule

Friday, September 20, 2024, 12:00 – 6:00 pm EST

Saturday, September 21, 2024, 12:00 – 6:00 pm EST

Sunday, September 22, 2024, 12:30 – 6:00 pm EST


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 virtual workshop on Zoom. Participants will experience Group Spiritual Direction (GSD) each day with an experienced facilitator and deepen their contemplative grounding for this prayer practice through authentic sharing and faithful listening.

Participants will immerse themselves in our virtual spiritual community as they experience Group Spiritual Direction and explore their own call to this ministry. Through live experiential learning, presentations, small GSD groups, and prayerful silence, participants will steep themselves in the contemplative grounding which is the heart of this ministry. Presentations will include an introduction to the practice of Group Spiritual Direction, as well as introductions to the themes of prayerful listening, spiritual community, discernment, and intercessory prayer. Each person will have the opportunity to experience and practice this listening/ sharing process which aids depth, trust, and healing. Together, participants will discover how this process can transform the world.

This workshop will be offered live on Zoom with experienced staff present. The first part of our time each day will be in the full group with presentations from the staff and some experiential exercises. The second part will be in small listening groups facilitated by experienced staff members. The groups will follow the Group Spiritual Direction process that Shalem teaches, which is based on the book Group Spiritual Direction, by Rose Mary Dougherty. All of this will be woven in prayer!

Because both the teaching and small groups are foundational to the group spiritual direction practice, it is essential that participants commit to participating fully in the entire workshop.

In preparation for this workshop, please consider preparing a quiet, private, sacred space in your home that will support your prayerful participation in this workshop. It is important that participants are available for each of the workshop’s teaching and small group sessions.

CORE LEADERS

The core leaders of this workshop have each practiced and facilitated Group Spiritual Direction for many years and enjoy sharing it with others! They will be supported by additional experienced small group facilitators.

Margaret Benefiel

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Sarah Forti

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Marlin Good

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Leonard McMahon

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Nan Weir

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COST & REGISTRATION FOR GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION LEVEL 1 WORKSHOP

Cost: $265

Registration Deadline: September 11, 2024

Some tuition assistance is available based on need. Please contact ArDonna (ArDonna@shalem.org) for more details.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

ArDonna Hamilton is the Registrar for the Group Spiritual Direction Level I Workshop and can be contacted at ArDonna@shalem.org.


Listening in Community: A Group Spiritual Direction, Soul Collage® & Labyrinth Workshop

For Those Who Are Leading Groups and Want to Deepen the Practice of Group Spiritual Direction

August 18-20, 2024

Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville, Maryland

Schedule

Sunday, August 18, 4:00 pm – Tuesday, August 20, 1:00 pm, EDST

During this in-person experiential workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with the deep listening practices of Group Spiritual Direction (GSD), SoulCollage® and walking the Labyrinth. Experienced leaders will introduce and facilitate sessions on each practice. (Artistic experience and/or prior experience with GSD is not necessary to participate in this workshop!)

For Information about cost, workshop leaders, and how to register, Learn More Here.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For more information about Listening in Community: A Group Spiritual Direction, Soul Collage® & Labyrinth Workshop, contact: Liz Forney: Liz.Forney@gmail.com
To be placed on the waiting list, contact: Caz Tod-Pearson: caz.tod.pearson@gmail.com


Group Spiritual Direction Level 2 Workshop

For Those Who Are Leading Groups and Want to Deepen the Practice of Group Spiritual Direction

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The Bellfry, Lexington, Virginia

Schedule

Sunday, May 5, 2024 (with 6:00 pm EDST dinner) through Wednesday, May 8, 2024 (after 12:30 pm lunch).

Participants may arrive and check in starting Sunday at 4:00 pm.

Departure is Wednesday at 1:30 pm.

This workshop is designed for those who have completed Shalem’s Level 1 Group Spiritual Direction Workshop and desire to deepen their GSD practice and leadership skills. It is for those who are preparing to start a new group, leading ongoing groups, and/or mentoring others who are leading groups.

This is an opportunity to:
• Engage in group spiritual direction each day within a prayerful community of experienced practitioners.
• Deepen contemplative grounding for this prayer practice through authentic sharing and faithful listening,
• Fine tune the foundations of this practice by reviewing key components and addressing leadership questions.
• Nurture and find support for your call to offer this practice in your local setting.
• Share, learn and imagine the variety of ways that people are using Group Spiritual Direction.
• Discover how this process can transform the world.

Participants will be steeped in the contemplative grounding which is at the heart of this ministry as they gather in spiritual community to explore and/or deepen their own call to group spiritual direction. The rhythm of our time together will include silence, daily group spiritual direction, presentations, experiential learning, reflective discussions, and a session addressing leadership issues and questions. There will also be plenty of spaciousness for walking, resting, star gazing, and soaking in the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.

RETREAT LOCATION

This residential retreat will be held at The Bellfry, 140 Bell’s Ridge Trail, Lexington, VA 24450. The Bellfry is a beautiful, private home. All rooms are shared. Participants who desire private accommodations may make their own arrangements to stay in a hotel in Lexington and register at the commuter rate.

CORE LEADERS

The core leaders of this workshop have each practiced and facilitated Group Spiritual Direction for many years and enjoy sharing it with others!

Marlin Good

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Anne Grizzle

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Ostein Truitt

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Nan Weir

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COST & REGISTRATION FOR GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION LEVEL 2 WORKSHOP

Application Deadline: April 26, 2024

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. CHECK BACK FOR UPCOMING DATES.

Cost:

  • $550 standard shared room (2 people/room). Includes tuition, 3 nights lodging, & meals.
  • $425 reduced tuition / kitchen helper shared room (2-3 people/room). Includes tuition, 3 nights lodging & meals. A limited number of reduced tuition positions are available for those willing to share bunkroom accommodation and help with meal service.
  • $250 commuter. Cost includes tuition and meals. (Lodging arranged at your own expense.)

Please email registrar ArDonna Hamilton at ArDonna@shalem.org if you wish to register as a reduced tuition/ kitchen helper or as a commuter.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

ArDonna Hamilton is the Registrar for the Group Spiritual Direction Level II Workshop and can be contacted at ArDonna@shalem.org.

Mission

Our mission is to nurture contemplative living and leadership.

Vision

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.

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