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50-Mile Run Supported Shalem's Ministry to Young Adults

Graduate Ed Poling completed his 50-Mile run!

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Shalem Institute's Living Contemplatively  

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Deepen contemplative presence
Join us in-person:

Paris - A Pilgrimage of Contemplative Prayer in the City of Light
Contemplation in Action: A January Retreat
Regional Gathering in North Carolina

Gerald May Seminar with James Finley
Nurturing Day for Clergy
Personal Spiritual Deepening Program - DC

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Nurture contemplative awareness - wherever you are
Join us online:

Recording of Cynthia Bourgeault
Contemplative Leadership Seminar — Online
Living from the Spiritual Heart — Online
Open Hands, Willing Hearts — Online
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Transforming Community — Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats
Nurturing the Call — Spiritual Guidance Program
Going Deeper— Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program


     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.

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.

Opportunity for Leadership Packages for our Shalem graduates.
Know a group of 3 or more interested in this course? Fill out this form and follow the link on the confirmation page to get a store discount.

   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.


A Nurturing Day for Clergy

Trust in Love.  Trust in God.  Gerry May

Are you a clergy member seeking a day of reflection and pause after the busy Advent season?  Give yourself the gift of a day to refresh and renew your soul in the life of the Spirit as a pre-Lenten experience.

Know a clergy member who may benefit from such a day of rest?  Contact us at Shalem to give this as a gift.

     Time and Date: Monday, February 9, 2015 from 10am to 4pm
     Location: Shalem Library 3025 Fourth Street NE Washington, DC 20017
     Leader: Carole Crumley

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

Open Hands, Willing Hearts — Online

Act justly, Love tenderly and Walk humbly with your God. 
Micah 6:8
Recognizing and living into one’s call is a lifelong process of discernment. In this six-week class, Patience Robbins and Margaret Pfeil will invite you to look at your life, no matter what age, and notice your unique contribution to God’s vision.

Through storytelling and sharing of their experience, the leaders will help renew your appreciation of your life and cultivate your attention, receptivity and responsiveness to how the Spirit is leading and guiding from within, through nature, and through the people who mentor and inspire you.

     6 session series February 22 to March 29, 2015
     Register online, please click here.  Gather a group of 3 or more, fill out this form and register here.
     For more information, please click here.

With Hearts Wide Open: A Seminar on Contemplative 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 begin to see how to lead in a way that is congruent with the invitation of our spiritual heart.  And doing this can dramatically change how we lead in the workplace, shifting us from a controlling power to the power of love and compassion.

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. The seminar will also include practical resources, time for individual journaling and silent prayer.

     Dates: The workshop can be taken any of five days between April 30 to May 14, 2015.
     There will be a live conference call on Tuesday, May 12, at noon EDT

     Register online, please click 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
     3:30 pm on Sunday until after lunch on Wednesday
     Led by Shalem staff and Board Members including Leah Rampy, Winston Charles, Carol Eckerman, Jane Sharp, and Carl McColman.     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.

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.



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

Executive Director Position

The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation seeks a deeply contemplative, seasoned, and visionary leader to serve as our next Executive Director. Could this be you, or someone you know?  Please click here to learn more and/or send to your networks.




Shalem Awarded for Commitment to Data Transparency

"Congratulations, Shalem Institute! You have just earned the Silver participation level for your organization through the GuideStar Exchange.
This is a testament to your organization’s commitment to data transparency."
-- The GuideStar Exchange Team


We're Hiring!  

Please join us in looking for 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!
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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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