School of Contemplative Life



SCL is set up as a two-year experience, but you can commit to Year 1 and Year 2 separately. In committing to either year, you’re saying yes to all four retreats for that year, not just the ones that may interest you more. Each retreat builds slowly upon the other and on the spiritual practices you engage in between retreats. The first four focus heavily on one’s inner work. The last four help one become aware of how the inner work touches the outer world, culminating in a Rule of Life and a stronger sense of mission. All retreats have a consistent rhythm of communal, experiential learning followed by individual communion with God and time to process afterward. We recommend that married couples book separate rooms.

Year 1 - The First 4 Modules

Module 1 Soul Rest
Focus: Retreat / Discovery
Key Practice: Sabbath

Module 2 Soul Space
Focus: Silence & Solitude
Key Practice: Silent reflection & prayer / Periods of Solitude

Module 3 Soul Feeding
Focus: Nourishment via Scripture
Key Practice: Lectio Divina & Imaginative Prayer

Module 4 Soul Connecting
Focus: Body
Key Practice: Centering Prayer, Breath Prayer, Prayer Walking

Online Cohorts

Taste of SCL
A free, four-week online group that serves as an introduction to contemplative life; you’ll learn two core practices, integrate them into daily life, and reflect with a spiritual director. You may be able to discern if God is inviting you to go deeper into all things contemplative.
Grace Cooper,
Sundays 4:00-5:00 PM (PST): May 2, 9, 16, 23

In-Person Cohorts