Because we know real growth takes place slowly over time with others, this twelve-month formational program is structured as a series of five quarterly 2-day retreats. With each seasonal retreat, our intent is to create an environment of prayer, learning, and formation devoted to intentionally living our faith as a way of life — no matter our setting!
Refreshments and meals on Monday and Tuesday
Five teaching sessions at each retreat
Group Spiritual Direction with six or fewer members who remain together through the one-year experience
Fixed-hour prayer worship experiences in community: morning and night, with liturgies and resources to use in own setting
Retreat materials (excluding books)
A 90-Day Practice Journal
Note-taking Journal with appropriate quotes to be used at each of the five retreats
Monthly Practices to integrate learning
Prayerful, written feedback on reflection paper assignments
Quarterly assignments that provide reading assignments, written reflections and guidance for practicing spiritual disciplines personally and in community
Additional spiritual formation book/web resource list. Not required, but very helpful.
Guidance for meeting with a spiritual friend/spiritual director in between retreats
Final project that guides student in the process of articulating a personal Rule of Life
Certificate of Completion for those meeting requirements of completion
OPTIONAL: CEU certificate is available upon completion of all requirements
Admissions are open for Cohort 10 (2019-2020). Please click below to submit your application.
May 6-7, 2019
July 29-30, 2019
October 28-29, 2019
January 27-28, 2020
April 6-7, 2020
2019 Fall Refresher
Alumni Retreat: Oct 7-8, 2019
CONTENT AND THEMES
Over the course of the year, students read books and articles, view life-changing documentaries, 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.
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
All retreats follow a similar format as outlined below. In between retreats, “Monthly Practice” assignments help you prepare and put into practice what you have learned. 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.
12:45 pm — Arrival, check-in, refreshments / no lunch (Exception: First retreat begins at 10 am, lunch included)
1:00 pm — Welcome, Introductions, SESSION 1
2:00 pm — SESSION 2 (specific formational topic with helpful guidance for experiencing the spiritual practice, both personally and in community, with leadership applications)
2:30 pm — Break
2:45 pm — SESSION 3
3:30 pm — Trust Circles (spiritual direction groups of 4 with experienced facilitator / remains the same)
6:00 pm — Re-gather to celebrate what has been given
6:30 pm — Dinner with guided group reflection
7:40 pm — Night Prayers
8:00 pm — Depart in silence
Arrival in Silence by 8:45 am
9:00 am — Centering / Morning Worship
9:45 am — Break
10:00 am — SESSION 4
10:45 am — Reflection assignment to help solidify and integrate your learning
11:45 am — Re-gather to celebrate what has been given
12:00 pm — Lunch
1:00 pm — Trust Circle sharing on practice
2:00 pm — Break
2:15 pm — SESSION 5: Empowering Spiritual Leaders
3:15 pm — Closing Ritual and Departure
Total cost is only $700 for the one-year experience (value is $1500 per student)
Generous financial support makes it possible to offer School of the Spirit at a greatly reduced price.
$50 non-refundable deposit is due with your application.
$650 payable upon acceptance.
If you need a payment plan, contact Ann Starrette, program director, or request support from your conference, church or organization.
School of the Spirit is designed for clergy and ministry professionals who are profoundly dedicated to Christian spiritual formation, with a desire to know and live the ‘with-God life.’
If you have a quest:
to move more deeply and intentionally into your own process of inner-transformation,
to be a part of a community of co-learners whose aim is to nurture that process,
to engage in quality materials and training intended to be passed on to others,
to commit to five quarterly retreats over a one-year time frame,
then participation in the School of the Spirit is for you!