Spiritual Formation

  • Online Retreats and Spiritual Direction
  • Center for Spiritual Formation
    [The Center is an ecumenical ministry affiliated with the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church and is adminsitered from Carlisle, Pennsylvania (USA). The site is intended to serve as a resource to "a dispersed community of baptized Christians" seeking to deepen their lives in the Spirit.]
  • Spiritual Evolution
    [A New Age type site with resources, links, and an online discussion forum.]

    Retreat Facilities and Spiritual Institutes

  • Academy for Spiritual Formation
    [A two-year, partly residential, program connected with The Upper Room in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. "The purpose of The Academy is to provide an in-depth and comprehensive experience in spiritual formation for lay and clergy persons who are highly motivated in their sense of call to follow Christ and serve the church and the world. The sixteen courses offered over the two-year period, combined with the recovery of the use of Psalms in worship and the ongoing participation in personal and group spiritual guidance, are efforts to help prepare persons to live out that call."]
  • Blue Mountain Center of Meditation
    [The Center (located in the San Francisco Bay area) publishes books under the Nilgiri Press imprint and offers weekend and day programs in meditation and a practical Eight-Point Program of spiritual living as taught by Eknath Easwaran.]
  • Columbia Theological Seminary
    [Spiritual Formation is part of its Lifelong Learning programs.]
  • Deep Spring Center
    [A center for meditation in the Buddhist Vipassana tradition. Also conducts retreats. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.]
  • Drogchen Foundation
    [A center for Buddhist practice in the Tibetan tradition, led by Lama Surya Das, and located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.]
  • Empty Bell
    [A contemplative center in Northhampton, Massachusetts (USA). It was founded by Robert A. Jonas and supports Buddhist-Christian dialogue.]
  • Epiphany Center
    [Located in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), the Center provides counseling and resources for spiritual formation in the Christian tradition.]
  • Insight Meditation Society
    [The Society maintains a Vipassana Retreat center for both beginning and experienced meditators that is located in Barre, Massachusetts, USA.]
  • The Mastery Foundation
    [MF is located in San Francisco and was organized as a non-profit, volunteer, interfaith foundation by a diverse group of laity and clergy. Inspired by Werner Erhard, they created a four-day workshop intended "to empower those of every faith and religious tradition who minister."]
  • Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
    [Described as "an ecumenical Christian organization devoted to the support of contemplative spirituality." Which is further clarified: "grounded in the Christian path, we continue to be enriched by the grace present in other traditions, and we respectfully welcome anyone, regardless of tradition, who seeks to learn from the Christian contemplative way." Site maintained by Gerald May, M.D.]
  • Sophia Retreat Center
    [A Benedictine Center that is open to persons of all faiths. Located in Atchison, Kansas.]
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center
    [A center for Insight or Vipassana meditation in Marin County north of San Francisco, California, USA.]
  • Find the Divine
    [A directory of retreat centers in the USA; for instance, in Florida.]

    Academic Programs and Professional Associations

  • Spiritual Directors International
    [A membership organization for support, information, and networking.]
  • Titus Brandsma Institute for the Scientific Study of Spirituality
    [A major Carmelite institution located in the Netherlands which is affiliated with the Catholic University Nijmegen.]

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