Group Spiritual Direction: A Conference & Retreat

For Those Who Want To Deepen and Strengthen the Practice of Group Spiritual Direction

Sunday, April 7 (with 6 pm dinner) to Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (until 2pm, after lunch)
The Bellfry
Lexington, VA

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This conference and retreat is designed for those who are currently engaged in or offering group spiritual direction and want to enhance their practice as facilitators or participants. It is an intentional opportunity to

  • Experience group spiritual direction each day;
  • Fine tune the foundation of this practice through reviewing key elements and addressing questions and concerns;
  • Learn about and share the variety of ways that people are using group spiritual direction;
  • Be inspired regarding the possibilities that emerge from the use of this practice and the ways it can transform our communities and our world.

The rhythm of our time together will include daily experience of group spiritual direction and advanced learning discussions; spacious afternoons and evenings for silent prayer and journaling; optional sessions for addressing leadership issues and questions.

All of this will happen in a relaxed and spacious way, allowing for the chance to experience group spiritual direction as a personal practice with plenty of solitude and time in the beauty and quiet of the Shenandoah Valley.

Read an article from our Resources: Group Spiritual Direction: What is it?

The Bellfry

1397 Zollman’s Mill Road, Lexington, VA 24450

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All have practiced and facilitated Group Spiritual Direction for many years and enjoy sharing it with others!

Anne Grizzle– author, spiritual director, social worker, retreat leader and a graduate of Shalem’s Facilitating Group Spiritual Direction Program.

Marlin Good– spiritual director, retreat leader and participant in Shalem’s Group Spiritual Direction: A Conference and Retreat for the past 3 years.

Patience Robbins– spiritual director, prayer and retreat leader, Shalem adjunct staff member.

Nan Weir– prayer group and retreat leader, graduate of Shalem’s Facilitating Group Spiritual Direction Program.

Registration closed. Check back here for 2020 dates.

Regular price of $525

Cost includes tuition, shared room and meals.

Limited number of single rooms available for an additional $200. (A special rate of $275 is available for bunk room accommodations and kitchen service. Contact Anne Grizzle at to arrange.)

For more information, contact the Shalem offices at, 301-897-7334.