6-session online course led by Patience Robbins and Margaret Pfeil

 February 26 – April 2, 2023

What is mine to do? Who am I called to be? Why am I here?

Recognizing and living into one’s call is a lifelong process of discernment. Patience Robbins and Margaret Pfeil invite you to look at your life, no matter what age, and notice your unique contribution to God’s vision.


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Join us for the refreshment, vitality and deepening in prayer that is made possible together in this expanded form of spiritual community.

Through storytelling and sharing of their experience, the course leaders will help renew your appreciation of your life and cultivate your attention, receptivity and responsiveness to how the Spirit is leading and guiding from within, through nature, and through the people who mentor and inspire you.

The 6-session course includes:

  • Experiential exercises
  • Reflection questions and resources
  • Audio teachings that can be accessed at any time
  • Online course space that provides opportunities for journaling and shared reflection with other participants

“The ‘Open Hands, Willing Hearts’ online course with Shalem was truly challenging for me but deeply significant. The questions inviting reflection touched the core of my inner being, pain, struggles and desires. Sharing online with a community of pilgrims was an absolutely beautiful and inspiring journey. This course was definitely a blessing and a graceful noticing of God’s presence on my path.”

– Jacqueline L.

Patience Robbins

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Margaret Pfeil

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Course dates: February 26 – April 2, 2023
Registration opens: February 12, 2023
Registration deadline: March 12, 2023
If you are registered, you can access the material for two weeks after the course ends.

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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.