6-session online course led by Carole Crumley

September 24 – November 5, 2023

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

Join leader Carole Crumley as she illuminates the introductory core prayer practices found in Tilden Edwards’ Living in the Presence.


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Whether you feel like a beginner or want to explore new ways of praying, this 6-session online course can help support your spiritual life.

The six experiential sessions include enrichment and support for your daily practice through

  • Weekly course material, including brief video teachings led by Carole Crumley and guided meditations and reflections from Tilden Edwards, Marlene Maier and Gerald May
  • Midweek email check-ins
  • Journaling and shared reflection with other participants.

Course Content

View the material at a time that is right for you. Each session builds on the previous weeks’ sessions.

Week 1: Where are you on your Journey?
Welcome audio: 11 min
Create a Prayer Space video: 5 min
Reading “What is Contemplative Spirituality?”
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 2: What is Contemplative Prayer?
Teaching video: 11 min
Gerald May audio: 12 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 3: Praying through Body Awareness
Teaching video: 7 min
Guided meditation audio: 18 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 4: Breath Prayer
Teaching video: 12 min
Guided meditation audio: 7 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 5: Presence through Body, Breath & Mind
Teaching video: 8 min
Guided meditation audio: 10 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 6: Reflection and Feedback
Closing audio: 7 min
Request for Feedback for Shalem
Return again to Gerald May audio: 12 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

“This course opened me to the possibilities of God’s Spirit already working within my spirit. It helped me begin the process of letting go of my need to control and to simply open myself to God’s Presence… This experience has re-energized my spiritual life and has enabled me to go to a deeper place.”

– Carol W.


Carole is an Episcopal priest and an experienced pilgrimage guide to sacred and secular sites throughout Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Formerly Senior Program Director at Shalem, she is on the staff of our Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program and our Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and leads the e-course, Opening to the Spirit.


Course dates: September 24 – November 5, 2023
Registration opens: September 10, 2023
Registration deadline: October 1, 2023
If you are registered, you can access the material for two weeks after the course ends.

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