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Opening to the Spirit - Online


School of Contemplative Prayer 1

Refresh your daily practice in the New Year with Shalem!  Registration now closed, new eCourses coming soon in the 2014 year.

6 week series beginning January 19, 2014-- please join with us in holding the course members in prayer.
Course members will receive an e-mail to set up profiles today or tomorrow-- please set up your profile by Sunday.



Join Carole Crumley as she illuminates the introductory core prayer practices found in Tilden Edwards’ Living in the Presence. Weekly material will focus on nurturing presence through body, breath & mind (with audio guided meditations from Tilden Edwards, Marlene Maier, and the late Gerald May). This offering is the first in the Online School of Contemplative Prayer Series; however, the courses can be taken in any sequence that feels right for you.

 (eCourse previously named "Presence through Body, Breath & Mind")

Dates:6 week session currently running
began January 19, 2014

 Flexible; you will receive Sunday and Thursday e-mails, and estimated 20 minutes a day for daily practice

Place: secure, members-only web community of Shalem Institute

Leaders:Carole Crumley and other Shalem staff


To Register, please check back here.

Space is limited.  Early notifications will be posted on Facebook event (see below) Once you have registered, you will hear from us via a welcome e-mail on the Thursday before the course begins. 

Special offer:  Groups of 3 or more registering at one time receive $10 off each individual registration.  We offer this in gratitude and support for the prayer circles gathering around the world nurturing contemplative practice.  Call our offices during business hours (7:30am-4:30pm) at (301) 897-7334 to register your group.  The individual who calls must have registration information and bulk payment for the first 3 members of the group.

To Share with others, 

You may click here to join the Facebook group and invite friends to register.  Or send their name and e-mail to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will drop them an announcement (we will not spam).

Course Description

Looking for support for your daily practice?

Wherever you are in your prayer life-- whether you feel like a beginner or want to deepen a particular practice; whether you want to explore new ways of praying or are seeking the support of like-spirited others in an online setting-- the School of Contemplative Prayer Series offers something for you.  

The online sessions are experiential and will include:

            • enrichment and support for your daily practice through weekly course material, contemplative quotes and images, and midweek e-mail check-ins;
            • encouragement for opening to God through a particular way of praying;
            • opportunities for conference call, journaling and shared reflection with other participants through a simple, secure, members-only web space.

During the 6-week course, each session builds on the previous sessions, so we encourage you to participate in all sessions sequentially.  The online aspect of the course offers you the flexibility of viewing the course material at any time during your day that is right for you. Through it all, your daily silent prayer discipline is the most important aspect of this course.

Technical Requirements: Google Chrome or Firefox browsers highly recommended.  Biweekly e-mails connect you to the course website. Video teachings are hosted by YouTube.  Weekly reflection questions are offered for download and printing. Prayerful technical assistance is offered via email.

A look is worth a thousand words, see the course space for yourself! 

View the Suggested Course Bibliography, please click here.

View the Weekly Rhythm of the course, please click here.   

Still Discerning?

Here are some questions that may help you discern the rightness of this course for you:

      Do you desire support and enrichment for your prayer life?

      Do you wish to develop or deepen a consistent spiritual practice?

      Do you desire to open more fully to God?

      Are you seeking to connect with authentic spiritual community online?

If these questions touch something that you are yearning for in your spiritual life, then join us for the refreshment, vitality and deepening in prayer that is made possible because we are together in this expanded form of spiritual community.   

For further information:  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (301-897-7334)  


To Register online, check back here.


To visit the Testimonials page on the course website, please click here, or on the image below.