The School of the Spirit Ministry serves all those who wish to be more faithful listeners and responders to the work of Christ, the Inward Teacher. This ministry is grounded in prayer and offers programs rooted in the Quaker contemplative tradition of the living silence. 

> Our Core Characteristics

The place of prayer is a precious habitation ... I saw this habitation
to be safe, to be inwardly quiet, when there was
great stirrings and commotions in the world.
- John Woolman (1770)

Upcoming Events

Contemplative Retreats in the Manner of Friends

September 18 - 21, 2014, at the Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC
Opening to Grace, led by Patty Levering and Carole Treadway
> For more information and to register

November 6 - 9, 2014, at the St. Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
Sink Down to the Seed, led by Catherine Cox and Linda Chidsey
> For more information and to register

January 16 - 19, 2015, at Powell House, Old Chatham, NY
Dwelling Deep, led by Linda Chidsey and Carolyn Moon
> More information and registration will be available soon.

April 11 - 14, 2015, at the DeKoven Center, Racine, WI
> More information and registration will be available soon.


Are you called to the facilitation of contemplative retreats?

> To learn more about our Mentoring Program 

 The School of the Spirit’s concern is with preparation for ministry through
a deepening personal awareness of the inward presence of Spirit.
It is crucially important to encourage the growth of this kind of ministry.
If you want hope in the Religious Society of Friends, you will find it here 
- John Punshon

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