Opening to the Spirit: Contemplative practices, guided meditations and shared reflections to deepen your prayer life.

September 26, 2021 - October 3, 2021
September 26- November 7, 2021 Registration opens: September 11, 2021 Registration deadline: October 3, 2021 If you are registered, you can access the material for two weeks after the course ends. Time Flexible; you will receive emails twice a week linking to course content Invitation to commit to 20 minutes a day for daily practice
Groups of 10 or more: $50USD per person, one free registration for a leader Groups of less than 10: $68USD per person ($68 for leader registration as well) Regular price: $75USD
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Do you desire support and enrichment for your prayer life?  Do you wish to develop or deepen a consistent spiritual practice?

Register now!

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 a part of our Online School of Contemplative Prayer Series.

Opening to the Spirit

Do you desire support and enrichment for your prayer life?  Do you wish to develop or deepen a consistent spiritual practice?

Register now!

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 a part of our Online School of Contemplative Prayer Series.

Overview

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, the School of Contemplative Prayer offers something for you.

The sessions are experiential and will include:

    • enrichment and support for your daily practice through weekly course material, contemplative quotes and images, and midweek email check-ins;
    • encouragement for opening to God through a particular way of praying, offered through weekly brief video teachings led by Carole Crumley and guided meditations and reflections from Shalem’s archives of classic and timeless voices of Tilden Edwards, Marlene Maier and Gerald May;
    • opportunities for journaling and shared reflection with other participants through a simple, secure, members-only web space.

During the six-week course, since each session builds on the previous weeks’ sessions, 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.

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.

Technical requirements: Adjust your email spam filters to receive emails from [email protected] Once you register, your receipt email will have your link to the course page, which you can view anytime to access the material online from any computer, phone or tablet. Teachings are hosted by YouTube. Weekly reflection questions are offered for download viewing and printing.

Course Content
Week 1: Where are you on your Journey?

Welcome audio: 11 min
Create a Prayer Space video: 5 min
Reading “What is Contemplative Spirituality?”
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 2: What is Contemplative Prayer?

Teaching video: 11 min
Gerry May audio: 12 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 3: Praying through Body Awareness

Teaching video: 7 min
Guided meditation audio: 18 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 4: Breath Prayer

Teaching video: 12 min
Guided meditation audio: 7 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 5: Presence through Body, Breath & Mind

Teaching video: 8 min
Guided meditation audio: 10 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

Week 6: Reflection and Feedback

Closing audio: 7 min
Request for Feedback for Shalem
Return again to Gerald May audio: 12 min
Silence and Reflection Questions

For your convenience and busy schedules, material is available for you to access for 2 weeks after the course.