On Being a Retreat Leader

October 19, 2013


On Being a Retreat Leader

Saturday, October 19, 2013 – 10am to 4pm


“The leader’s role is a very humble and delicate one: assisting an atmosphere that frees everyone to listen in simple trust.
— Tilden Edwards

Deepening Contemplative Leadership

If you find yourself leading or being called to lead contemplative retreats, you may wish to explore this ministry by attending this workshop.

In all considerations of contemplative leadership, we want to make choices for spaciousness, flexibility, and openness to the True Leader, the Spirit.  With the posture of the heart and mind, this workshop will address practical items for planning a retreat:  theme, content, schedule, space, forming community, entering silence, etc.  More importantly we will explore our experiences and hopes of offering authentic spiritual leadership, fostering a setting in which retreatants may be led to personal encounters with God.  We will give special attention to problems and resistances that may arise on retreats.

For those interested in Shalem’s Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program, a special introduction will be given.

Dates: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 10am to 4pm
Place: Shalem Library
3025 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017
Leader: Ann Dean
Cost: $40 (please bring a bag lunch.)

Ann Dean is Director of Shalem’s Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Shalem’s Personal Spiritual Deepening Program Leadership Initiative. She is a spiritual director and nationally-known leader of retreats and conferences for deepening the life of prayer and developing new structures committed to contemplative prayer, Earth care and social justice. She has been a minister in the ecumenical community of the Church of the Saviour since 1994 and is a member of the Dayspring Retreat Mission Group. 


To register online, click here.

To register by mail, click here to download our Short Program Registration Form (PDF).

Or contact Program Registrar, Chris Jeffrey, chris@shalem.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (301-897-7334)


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