Living from the Spiritual Heart

Do you yearn to see, listen and act more deeply from your spiritual heart?  Do you wish to develop or deepen a consistent daily spiritual practice?

Registration opens: February 20, 2022

This Lent, deepen your spiritual heart and be supported in your daily spiritual practice.  Join Tilden Edwards, Shalem’s founder and senior fellow, for six weekly sessions. With material designed specifically for this eCourse, Tilden offers video teachings, guided meditations, reflection questions, and midweek check-in emails.


Here are some questions that may help you discern the rightness of this course for you:

Do you desire stimulation and support for deepening your spiritual life?

Do you wish to develop or deepen a consistent daily spiritual practice?

Do you desire to live more fully from the wisdom and compassion of your spiritual heart?

Are you seeking spiritual community with fellow seekers online?

If these questions touch something that you are longing for in your spiritual life, then join us for the refreshment, vitality and deepening in prayer that is made possible because we are together in this expanded form of spiritual community.

Technical requirements: Emails twice a week connect you to the course website after you set up your profile. Teachings are hosted by YouTube. Weekly reflection questions are offered for download viewing and printing.

Dates & Times

Course dates: March 6-April 17, 2022

Registration opens: February 20, 2022
Registration deadline: March 13, 2022
If you are registered, you can access the material for two weeks after the course ends.

Flexible; you will receive emails twice a week linking to course content
Estimated 20 minutes a day for daily practice.

Course Content
You may access material at any time that fits in your schedule within the course timeframe.

Week 1: Contemplative Grounding in the Heart

Welcome audio: 21 min
Create a Prayer Space video: 5 min
Guided Meditation audio: 12 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 2: Living from the Heart, Ego & Mind

Teaching video: 22 min
Article Reading: Living From the Spiritual Heart
Guided Meditation audio: 12 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 3: From Where Do You See?

Teaching video: 16 min
Guided meditation audio: 10 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 4: From Where Do You Listen?

Teaching video: 20 min
Guided meditation audio: 15 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 5: From Where Do You Act?

Teaching video: 26 min
Guided meditation audio: 6 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 6: Reflection and Feedback

Closing audio: 7 min
Fill out Shalem Feedback form online
Silence and Reflection

eLead Discounts

Discount offerings available

Are you part of a community that would benefit from Shalem online programs? Do you find yourself saying no to leading groups because you do not have time to prayerfully gather content? Would you like to complement Shalem’s online courses with an in-person component for individuals in your community?

Consider using our contemplative prayer curriculum in your congregation or faith group (at a discounted rate) as the starting point for deepening contemplative practices.

Gather a group of 10 members and receive a deeply discounted rate of $50 per person (plus your registration for free). Your group members can create a profile on our course space, access the course from any computer with internet and join the larger circle of contemplative seekers from around the world journaling about their experience. You will also receive a leader’s brochure with details of the course content to aid in facilitating the in-person time.

Groups of 10 or more: $50 per person, one free registration for a leader
Groups of less than 10: $68 per person ($68 for leader registration as well)

To Register

    • Review leadership materials and gather your group.

Sample Invitation Letter for you to edit and send along to interested participants

Further Information about the eLead Leadership Packages

    • Create the in-person time as you feel led.
    • Contact to share your plan and with any questions you may have.
    • Gather participant payment and contact information.
    • Leader pays for participants in one lump sum.

Become a leader in bringing contemplative practices to your community
For more information or to register for a Leadership package, please email

Price & Registration

Registration opens: February 20, 2022


I learned how to quiet my mind, be still and listen.

This was my first online course. It was wonderful and I have already registered for the next eCourse, and will encourage others to do so.

Learn – experience – reflect – practice. The reflection questions provided for good end-of-day Examen. The weekly guided meditations were something I used daily and found they led me into that quiet space where God awaits and longings are met.

I found myself craving time with the eCourse. I would shut the door to my office at the church at different times during the day and listen to the teaching. It provided structure and balance. I would highly recommend this online course at Shalem.

A Graduate’s experience of a Leadership Package
Since graduating from the Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program in 2013, I’ve had a deep desire to expose others to contemplative prayer and lifestyle. The Shalem eCourse seemed like the perfect foundation for some of my directees and friends to experience the basics of contemplation and experience contemplative community via Shalem. I appreciated the freedom given to create the group as I was led. We met once before and once after the program. It’s been transformative for each of us. It’s been divine!