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Contemplative Flashes

Begin your week with a contemplative quote sent to you via email.


    Social Media Highlights:

Interview with Cynthia Bourgeault mentions "deeply touched and honored to receive Shalem's Contemplative Voices Award"

Noon Prayer- Join us every Wednesday to pray for our world!

Leadership and Compassion Guided Meditation offering:

*This weekend* 50-Mile Run Supporting Shalem's Ministry to Young Adults

Please join us to pray with Ed Polin as he runs from 5am to 7pm this Saturday.

Curious to find out more?  Read Ed Polin's message here. 

Know running enthusiasts who would like to support young adult programs?  Spread the word by forwarding this letter along!

Shalem Institute's Living Contemplatively  

Over 4,000 Likes on Facebook!

 Onward to 5,000 by 2015




     Program Highlights

Paris — A Pilgrimage of Contemplative Prayer in the City of Light

Pilgrimage dates: May 12-20, 2015

Paris—the City of Light—is a feast for the senses, stunning us with its art, architecture, beauty and historic treasures. It is also home to several surprising new centers of contemplative awareness and mission, which bring their own special light to this urban context. This joining of the ancient and new creates a powerful spiritual landscape for transformation and renewal. It invites our prayer and deepening trust in the Spirit’s surprising movements among us. 

   For more information, please click here.


 Advent Quiet Day: Tending the Threshold

Advent is a pregnant waiting season, a time for us to slow down and give prayerful attention to the threshold time of our faith and world.  This Advent season you are invited to turn away from the frenzied pace of the culture and open fully to the wonder of the creative, ever-birthing Living Presence nearer to us than our own breathing. 

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM  (9:30 AM for coffee)
Leader: Ann Dean
Place: St. Paul’s College 3015 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

   Register online here.
   For more information, please click here.


Contemplative Voices Award Honoring Cynthia Bourgeault— Recording

Recording is available to view as many times as you wish for 90 days after the event.

The Shalem Institute's Contemplative Voices Award was created to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to contemplative understanding, living and leadership and whose witness helps others live from the divine wellspring of compassion, strength, and authentic vision.

Evening program includes: a talk by Cynthia Bourgeault and presentation of the award.  Gratitude for our sponsors of this event.

      Recording available here.

      For more information, please click here.


Living from the Spiritual Heart — Online
with Tilden Edwards

Do you yearn to see, listen and act more deeply from your spiritual heart?

Begin this New Year with 6 weeks of contemplative teaching delivered right to your home computer. With all new material designed specifically for this eCourse, Tilden offers teachings, guided meditations, reflection questions, a live conference call and midweek check-in emails.

   January 11 to February 15, 2015
   Register online here.
   For more information, please click here.

Contemplation in Action: A January Retreat

This January, in the winter season of stillness and fallow ground, come join the Shalem staff on retreat.  In this sacred community, we will rest in the holiness of silence and contemplative prayer. Together we will explore new possibilities of wakefulness, discernment and breakthrough in present-moment awareness.

Time and Date: 4:00 pm, Sunday, January 25 – 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Location:  Bon Secours Spirituality Center 1525 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD 21104
Leader: Ann Dean

   Register online here.
   For more information, please click here.

AWAKE!  Living this Holy Moment - A Shalem Regional Gathering and Retreat - Sophia, NC

Listen- are you breathing just a little, and calling it life? - Mary Oliver

In today's fast-paced world, it sometimes seems difficult to even catch our breath.  Join us for this retreat where we will experience contemplative practices, have extended times for silent prayer and reflection, and share with others on the path of personal spiritual deepening.

For Shalem graduates, friends of Shalem, anyone seeking contemplative practice in community...

     March 22-25, 2015 Caraway Conference Center, Sophia, North Carolina
     Led by Shalem staff and Board Members
     Please click here to print Registration Form.

         Interested in registering or sharing with others?  Please click here to view and print flyer.
         Reserve your spot with $100 deposit here. (Complete registration form above as well.)
         Make Full Payment online here. (Complete registration form above as well.)
         If you have already paid the deposit, pay remaining balance here.


With Hearts Wide Open
An Online Workshop to Support Your Leadership

Do you yearn to explore a way of leading that is more aligned with your heart?
Are you seeking community and support for this heart-led way?

With hearts wide open, we can see how to lead in a contemplative way.  Contemplative Leadership can be very challenging no matter the workplace.  Find practices and support you'll need to remain spacious, flexible and open to the True Leader, the Spirit.

Through content videos and audio, Leah Rampy will help explore compassion and power as dimensions of contemplative leadership and will offer a space for reflection, contemplative practice and sharing with other leaders.

This workshop can be taken any of the three days Thursday, April 30 to Saturday, May 2, 2015.  There will be a live chat discussion on Friday at noon.

     Space is limited in this new program offering.  To register now, please click here.

Are you called or want to test a call to lead contemplative prayer groups and retreats?
Do you want to learn from the Christian contemplative tradition and the wisdom of other traditions?  Authentic spiritual leadership is greatly needed. This program provides resources for leadership of both short and long-term contemplative groups and retreats.  For Testimonials, please click here.

For more information to discern if this program is right for you, please click here.

For Application Form, please click here.
Early Bird deadline is November 1, 2014.


Nurturing the Call— Spiritual Guidance Program

Do you companion others on their spiritual journeys?
Do you desire support and enrichment for this ministry?

Since 1978, Shalem's Spiritual Guidance Program has been renowned for offering an environment that nurtures an increasing openness to the many ways God's Spirit is seeking to be alive in both our participants and in those whom they companion on life's spiritual journey.  For Testimonials, please click here.

   For more information to discern if this program is right for you, please click here.
   For Application Form, please click here.
   Early Bird deadline is December 1, 2014

   Other Shalem News

    We're Hiring!  

Please join us in praying in an intern who may serve as a Technology Assistant for our growing needs.  Could this be you, or someone you know?  Hiring is ongoing and open for this position.  A small stipend is offered for a 4 month period of work.  Download the description to share with your networks here.


Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation nurtures contemplative living and leadership by caring for the spiritual heart in prayer and by offering ways of opening into the life of the Spirit.  We believe that living contemplatively is essential in today's often chaotic and challenging world.   And it is a way to live a truly authentic life—anchored in prayer, spiritually discerning, responsive to God.

Our programs and resources draw particularly on the Christian contemplative tradition, and our participants come from many different denominations, faith traditions, and walks of life.
At Shalem, we honor each individual spiritual path and welcome anyone who would seek to learn from the contemplative way.

To read more about Contemplative Spirituality, please click on the image below. 

Shalem is connected around the globe!  

Pulse aquí para leer la monografía de nuestro personal "¿Qué es la espiritualidad contemplativa?" en español.

여기를 누르시면 샬렘 선임연구원들의 논문 "관상적 영성이란 무엇인가?"를한글로 읽으실 수 있습니다. 





For Shalem Grads

  • Check out our Programs by Shalem Graduates page to see all the wonderful things our Grads are doing around the world! Contact us to post your programs!
  • Register now for the Annual Society Gathering. 

For more information, please click here

*Reconnect and start your own Shalem Circle

Not in our local area? Shalem Graduates Offer Programs in Many Regions

New listings all over the world!  We have had programs in ID, IN, MD, NY, TX, VA, DC, WV, Austria, Canada, Italy.  Click here to find an offering near you. 

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