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 Shalem serves those who seek spiritual deepening in all of life. We welcome you wherever you are on the path of spiritual discovery.






Contemplative Flashes



    Shalem Highlights: 

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Shalem Institute's Living Contemplatively  

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Nurturing the Call — Spiritual Guidance Program
Going Deeper— Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program

Transforming Community — Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats
The Soul of Leadership

Young Adult Life and Leadership Program - details coming soon YALLI Celebration in DC


Deepen contemplative presence
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Pilgrimage to Assisi
Iona Pilgrimage

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Nurture contemplative awareness - wherever you are
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Living from the Spiritual Heart — Online
Open Hands, Willing Hearts — Online

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     Shalem Highlights

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, please click here.

For Application Form, 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, please click here.


Going Deeper — Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program

Do you wish to deepen your spiritual life and open yourself more fully to God?  Do you yearn to lead from your spiritual heart and from a revitalized sense of call?  Are you searching for an inspiring faith community of peers?  Shalem's Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program is for Clergy of all denominations and geographic locations who serve on the staffs of loyal churches or whose ministry involves local church.

For Testimonials, please click here.

For more information, please click here.


The Soul of Leadership

A NEW SHALEM PROGRAM - For Anyone in a Leadership Role

Are you seeking inspiration and encouragement for a new type of leadership? Would you like support and guidance for leading in a more grounded, heart-centered way?
 This program helps leaders integrate spiritual heart practices with leadership realities in order to more truly embody their vocational path. Through individual and communal activities, participants engage in a variety of contemplative practices, while learning strategies to address some of their most pressing leadership challenges.

For more information on the program in England and in Boston, please click here.
To download a brochure for the program in England, please click here.
To Apply for the program in England, 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.

January 10 to February 14, 2016
Experience the 6 sessions of material online at your own pace, with Sunday and Thursday emails linking to the course space audios.

For more information, please click here.
To register, please click here.
Shalem Graduates, lead an in-person experience of this course here.


For our Graduates—

Leadership Package Opportunities: Are you part of a community that would benefit from Shalem online programs? Would you like to complement Shalem's online courses with an in-person component to offer to your community?

Begin the New Year leading with Patience Robbins' experiential eCourse
Deepen a Lenten practice through leading Tilden Edward's eCourse

  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


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. 

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*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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Many thanks to our dedicated photographers in our programs who provide us with photos for our website.
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