Heart Longings: An Invitation to the Contemplative Path

Live from a place of calm and love in these turbulent times

November 2022 – June 2023 on Zoom

Does your heart long for a deeper connection to God within a community of like-hearted souls?

Program runs November 2022 – June 2023

Early Bird Deadline: September 17, 2022
Regular Deadline: October 15, 2022


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Heart Longings: An Invitation to the Contemplative Path is an eight-month program that invites you to ground in a place of calm and love with the support of community through retreats, monthly gatherings, small group time and spiritual direction. The program begins and ends with 24-hour retreats and meets monthly on Saturday mornings in between.

Free Info Sessions

Join us on Zoom to discern about the rightness of this program for you. Talk with the Director and recent grads. Dates to be determined.

Heart Longings Timeline

Nov. 4-5, 2022: (Fri 5-9 ET and Sat 10-5 ET)
Dec. 3, 2022: (10-1 ET)
Jan. 7, 2023: (10-1 ET)
Feb. 4, 2023: (10-1 ET)
Mar. 4, 2023: (10-1 ET)
Apr. 1, 2023: (10-1 ET)
May 6, 2023: (10-1 ET)
June 2-3, 2023: (Fri 5-9 ET and Sat 10-5 ET)

Sample Topics

Staying Grounded in the Storm: Contemplative Living
For Everything There Is a Season: Waiting, Listening, and Acting
Building the Beloved Community
Listening and Seeing: Music and Art as Contemplation
Walking as Prayer: Body and Nature
Sacred Activism: Contemplative Grounding for Social Change
Earth Awareness
Staying Faithful to the Journey: Gifts and Challenges

A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon completion of all program requirements.


The opening and closing retreats as well as the monthly gatherings all meet on Zoom.

“I am so glad that I took the brave steps to join Heart Longings during a real time of uncertainty for me. It has been one of the better decisions I have made for my well-being. I had no idea how much I needed such a diverse group in which to experience and explore the world during such a crucial time. It gave me a new sense of purpose while creating new friendships and restoring my faith and hope in others…”

-Glen Vinson, Bowie, Maryland


Margaret Benefiel

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AY Bryant

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Trish Stefanik

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  • Early bird (through 9/17/2022): $1,230
  • Regular price (after 9/17/2022): $1,430

Need-based tuition assistance is available. For more information, contact Trish, trish@shalem.org.


THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. Check back later for new dates.


Trish Stefanik is the Registrar for Heart Longings: An Invitation to the Contemplative Path and can be contacted at trish@shalem.org.


Our mission is to nurture contemplative living and leadership.


Grounded in our understanding of God’s desire for peace, wholeness and well-being, we envision a world transformed by contemplative living and leadership in which all people honor one another and creation, recognize their unity and interconnectedness, and courageously seek to live out of this reality.