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

Year 1 Registration Open – In Person Cohorts

Columbus, OH
Fri-Sat Retreats
Led by Susan & Stephen Van Dop
Yr1: Aug 13-14 2021, Oct 22-23 2021, Feb 4-5 2022, May 19-20, 2022

Winnipeg, MB 
Fri-Sat Retreats
Led by Rick & Luanne Hill
Yr1: Fall 2021 – pending public health regulations. 
Times will be CST.
You can contact Rick & Luanne Hill at [email protected]

Year 1 Registration Open – Online Cohorts

Taste of SCL
Interested, but not sure if this is for you? We’d like to offer you a Taste of SCL, at no cost! In this four week online, group experience you will be introduced to 2 core practices, have time to integrate them each week into the regular rhythm of daily life, and if you want to reflect on it with a spiritual director, we encourage that as well during this taste of SCL. Our hope is that during these four weeks of exploring the contemplative life, you will be able to discern if God is inviting you to go deeper with Him into all things contemplative through the School of Contemplative Life.

For more information, contact Grace Cooper at [email protected]
Dates: Sundays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23, Times: 4:00-5:00 PM (PST)

Online Cohort – Longville
Fri-Sat Retreats
Led by Laura Longville
Yr1: Jun 4-5 2021, Oct 1-2 2021, Jan 7-8 2022, Apr 1-2 2022
You can contact Laura Longville at: 605.381.9435, [email protected], 

Year 1 Registration – Closed

Cambria, CA
Led by Denise Brill

Colorado Springs, CO
Sun-Mon Retreats, 4pm-4pm
Led by Dan Kane & Vicki Wehmeyer
Yr1: May 17-18 2020, Aug 16-17 2020, Oct 25-26 2020, 4th Module TBD
Venue: TBD

Online Cohort – Bauer
Fri-Sat Retreats
Led by Michelle Bauer
Yr1: Mar 5-6 2021, May 7-6 2021, Jul 9-10 2021, Sep 10-11 2021
Michelle Bauer serves as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation and resident Spiritual Director at the Vineyard Church of Augusta (Augusta, GA). She holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University and received her training in spiritual direction from Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. She does life with her husband, Chris and three sons August, Luke and Sam. For more information please download a course overview. Then, call or email to have a question answered. [email protected] | 706.631.9705

Online Cohort – MacQueen
Begins Jan 2021
Led by Wayne & Sabrina MacQueen
Yr1: Jan 29-30 2021, Apr 16-17 2021, Aug 27-28 2021, Nov 26-27 2021
Venue: TBD

Phoenix, AZ
Began Feb 2020
Led by Ronda Lewis
Yr1: Feb 24-25 2020, Apr 24-25 2020, July 24-25 2020, Oct 23-24 2020
Venue: Arizona Christian University, 5815 West Greenway Rd, Glendale AZ 85306

Springfield, IL
Fri-Sat Retreats, 4pm-4pm – begins 29 Feb 2021
Led by Tim Reist
Yr1: Feb 29-Mar 1 2020, May 30-31 2020, Aug 22-23 2020, Oct 31 – Nov 1 2020
Venue: Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Rd, Springfield IL 62707

Rapid City, SD
Began Feb 2020
Led by Laura Longville
Yr1: Sept 25-26, 2020 and will go through July 23-24, 2021