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



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

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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.

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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!