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Opening to the Spirit - Online


School of Contemplative Prayer 1

Refresh your daily practice with Shalem! Gather a group and experience together.

Are you a Shalem Graduate leading a congregation or group?  Be among the first to help us pilot our Leadership Packages.

Stay tuned for next 6 week series in 2015.  Please click here to receive updates.



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
Stay tuned for 2015 date.

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

$75 per person.  $7 off for groups of 3 or more, see details below.

To Register, please check back here.

Notifications will be posted on Facebook and email updates (see below).  Once you have registered, you will hear from us via a welcome e-mail a few days before the course begins (Subject line: "Your Shalem eCourse: Action Required" from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Gather a Group of 3 or more and pay only $68 per person. Register the emails of your group members by clicking on the green button below.  Receive a link for your group to register and pay on our store:

Stay tuned for future course dates in 2015.

You may also register a group by calling our offices during business hours (9 am-4:00pm) at (301) 897-7334.  The individual who calls must have names and emails for the members of the group.

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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)  


Space is limited, click the button below to register.

Become a leader in bringing contemplative practices to your community

For our Shalem Graduates: 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 enrich the experience for individuals in your community?

Consider using our School of Contemplative Prayer curriculum in your congregation or faith group (at a discounted rate) as the starting point for deepening contemplative practices.  We have created several options to support your leadership.

In the Basic Leadership Package, you will receive:

-- up to 10 spaces for your group members (plus one for you, as well!) in the Fall eCourse Opening to the Spirit.  Your group members can create a profile on our course space, access the course from any computer with internet and join the larger circle of contemplative seekers from around the world journaling about their experience;

 -- a booklet with guidance for leading a School of Contemplative Prayer 6-week prayer circle.

-- over 30% off per individual: 10 participants, 1 leader for $500.

We also have Extended Leadership Packages available in the following group sizes:

-- 25 participants, plus up to 2 leaders in the Fall eCourse Opening to the Spirit for $1125

(That’s over 40% off per individual.)

-- 50 participants, up to 4 leaders in the Fall eCourse Opening to the Spirit for $2000

(That’s over 46% off per individual.)

For more information or to register for a Leadership package, please e-mail Ruth Taylor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For a printout of Further Information about the Leadership Packages, please click here.

For a Letter of Invitation sample for you to edit and send along to interested participants, please click here.  For an editable document version of this Letter of Invitation to Participants, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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