Retreats

All retreats follow a similar format outlined below. In between times, you will have “Monthly Practice” assignments to help you prepare and put into practice your learnings. To further enhance your inner-transformation, you are highly encouraged to reach out to one or more of your classmates via a monthly accountability relationship to nurture your covenant journey toward God. In large group, small group, and solitary times, this work is about being and becoming. Our aim is to provide a safe space that fosters listening to how God is calling, empowering, and leading you in your journey toward wholeness.

CURRICULUM:
Over the course of the year students read books and articles, view life-changing documentaries, monthly engage in and experiment with a variety of spiritual formation activities/practices, develop a spiritual community with a small group of co-learners, and experience 10 days of teaching and formational activities built around time-tested concepts that help us become more open, receptive, and responsive to God’s transforming grace and work in us.

THEMES:
Spring:     Longing for More
A fresh encounter with God through Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)

Summer:   Leading from Within
Creating Space for God through Silence, Solitude, Simplicity

Fall:          Finding Grace at the Center
Centering Prayer • Welcoming Prayer • Active/Breath Prayer

Winter:      Cultivating Discernment
Ways of Recognizing and Responding to God’s Voice

Spring:      Honoring Rhythms of Work and Rest
Arranging our Lives for What Matters Most

WHAT IS PROVIDED (click here to learn more)

All retreats follow a similar format outlined below. In between times, you will have “Monthly Practice” assignments to help you prepare and put into practice your learning’s. To further enhance your inner-transformation, you are highly encouraged to reach out to one or more of your classmates via a monthly accountability relationship to nurture your covenant journey toward God. In large group, small group, and solitary times, this work is about being and becoming. Our aim is to provide a safe space that fosters listening to how God is calling, empowering, and leading you in your journey toward wholeness.

SAMPLE FORMAT:

Monday: 12:45 p.m. Arrival, check-in, refreshments / no lunch (except first retreat: begins at 10 am)
1:00 Welcome – Introductions; SESSION 1
2:00 SESSION 2: specific formational topic with helpful guidance for experiencing the spiritual practice, both
personally and in community, with leadership applications.
2:30 Break
2:45 SESSION 3
3:30 Trust Circles (spiritual direction groups of 4 with experienced facilitator / remains the same)
6:00 Re-gather to celebrate what has been given
6:30 Dinner with guided group reflection
7:40 Night Prayers
8:00 Depart in silence
Tuesday: Arrival in Silence by 8:45 am
9:00 Centering / Morning Worship
9:45 Break
10:00 SESSION 4
10:45 Reflection assignment to help solidify and integrate your learning
11:45 Re-gather to celebrate what has been given
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Trust Circle sharing on practice
2:00 Break
2:15 SESSION 5: Empowering Spiritual Leaders
3:15  Closing Ritual and Departure

COST AND REGISTRATION:
Generous financial support makes it possible to offer School of the Spirit for a (Value is $1300 per student)

  • $50 non-refundable deposit which is due with your application and personal statement.
  • $350 payable upon acceptance. (NOTE: If you need a “payment plan,” speak with Ann Starrette, program director, or request support from your church or organization.
  • CEU: Seven (7) Continuing Education Units will be awarded to participants meeting specific performance requirements.
  • To register click here.