The School of Contemplative Life (SCL) is a retreat-based, 24-month exploration of ancient spiritual practices that are formative, nourishing, and have the effect of changing people from the inside out.
We’ve created this leisurely-paced, communal and substantial introduction to the contemplative life for people who want to deepen their experience of God’s love, discover new ways of praying and reading Scripture, learn the power of silence and solitude, establish better rhythms of rest & recreation, understand what makes them tick, find healing in broken areas of life, examine strong & persistent desires, learn how to make better life choices, and acquire a sense of mission and purpose for life.
In his book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr speaks of two halves of life. In the first half, we fill a container. It’s characterized by climbing the ladder, growing families, awards, accomplishments, and often our identity. In the second half of life, we’re invited to unpack that container and gain something infinitely more valuable and lasting. The School of Contemplative Life is for those who want to start unpacking.
Eight quarterly one-day retreats – two-year period – one beautiful retreat location!
Two “pilot” SCL retreats coming this fall/winter 2019/2020 to the Heartland.
I must listen to my life and soul and try to understand what it is truly about – quite apart from what I would like it to be about – or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions. Parker Palmer
Our SCL Locations & Dates: Two “pilot” locations with two different starting dates:
Kansas City: Savior Pastoral Center Retreat & Conference Center (only 30 minutes from the MCI airport!)
- Fri-Sat, November 15-16, 2019
- Fri-Sat, February 14-15, 2020
- Fri-Sat, May 15-16, 2020
- Fri-Sat, August 14-15, 2020
- Fri-Sat, November 13-14, 2020
- Fri-Sat, February 12-13, 2021
- Fri-Sat, May 14-15, 2021
- Fri-Sat, August 13-14, 2021
Minneapolis: Mt. Olivet Conference & Retreat Center (only 30 minutes from the MSP airport!)
- Fri-Sat, January 17-18, 2020
- Fri-Sat, April 3-4, 2020
- Fri-Sat, July 17-18, 2020
- Fri-Sat, October 16-17, 2020
- Fri-Sat, January 22-23, 2021
- Fri-Sat, April 23-24, 2021
- Fri-Sat, July 23-24, 2021
- Fri-Sat, October 22-23, 2021
FIND OUT MORE! RSVP for one of our upcoming Informational Meetings:
Minneapolis – River Heights Vineyard Church – 6070 Cahill Ave – Inver Grove Heights, MN – Wednesday, July 31st – 6:30 pm
Kansas City – Vineyard Community Church – 8301 Lamar Ave. – Overland Park, KS – Sunday, August 18th – 6:30 pm.
Our SCL Schedule:
SCL is composed of eight overnight retreats held quarterly over a two-year period, with each retreat building slowly upon the other. The first four sessions focus heavily on your inner self. The last four help you become aware of how your inner work touches your outer world, culminating in a Rule of Life, and a stronger sense of mission. Each module is offered as an overnight retreat, going from late afternoon on Friday, ending around 4 pm on Saturday, and have a consistent rhythm of communal, experiential learning followed by individual communion with God and time to process afterward.
- 4 pm – Arrive & Settle In
- 6 pm – Dinner
- 7 pm – Session I
- 8:30 pm – Night Prayer
- 8:45 pm Silence with God
- 8 am – Morning Prayer/Break Silence
- 8:15 am – Breakfast
- 9 am – Session II
- 10:30 am – Time with God
- Noon – Lunch
- 1 pm – Session III
- 2:30 pm – Time with God
- 3:30 pm Reflection & Closing Prayer
- 4 pm – Dismiss
How Will I Know If Attending A SCL Is For Me?
Maybe you recognize yourself in one of the following statements:
- I feel like I’ve been at a plateau for a while. What new frontiers might God inviting me to explore?
- I’ve heard of spiritual disciplines, but I really don’t know how to make sense of them for my life.
- I would like to grow in my ability to notice God in my everyday life.
- I would like to know God better. I feel like I am at a stand-still in relating to Him.
- I want to grow spiritually. What might be a few next steps?
- I can’t see where I am in relation to God. I can’t see where I am headed.
- My spiritual life doesn’t seem to work the way it used to. What is going on?
- I would like to explore the intersection between my personal, spiritual life and my life of relationships and responsibilities.
Our SCL Module Overview:
Weekend #1: SOUL REST: getting in touch with our desires through Jesus’ invitation to rest. Focus: Retreat/Discovery of Desire. Key Practice: Sabbath
Weekend #2: SOUL ROOM: creating space for God to change you from the inside out. Focus: Silence and Solitude. Key Practices: Silent Reflection & Prayer, Periods of Solitude
Weekend #3: SOUL FEEDING: learning to engage the scriptures for transformation. Focus: Being Nourished through Scripture. Key Practice: Lectio Divina w/ various accents
Weekend #4: SOUL CONNECTION: connecting to God through your body and prayer. Focus: The Body. Key Practices: Centering Prayer/Prayer Walking
Weekend #5: SOUL AWARENESS: knowing yourself better helps you know God better. Focus: Self-Awareness. Key Practice: Self-Examination via Enneagram
Weekend #6: SOUL HEALING: allowing God to touch you and heal you. Focus: Inner Healing. Key Practices: Attachment Inventory/Steps Toward Healing
Weekend #7: SOUL DISCERNMENT: making decisions in community. Focus: Discernment. Key Practices: Clearness Committee/Group Spiritual Direction
Weekend #8: SOUL MAKING: rearranging your life for transformation, mission, and community. Focus: Contemplative Activism. Key Practice: Developing a Rule of Life
Our SCL Pricing:
These Sustainable Faith SCL Retreats are “pilot” cohorts. Registration is very limited. Your $300 deposit holds your registration. Don’t delay, registration is limited to 18-24 registrants.
$300 per module when you make eight payments* of $262.50 (due prior to each Weekend). Including your $300 non-refundable deposit, your total cost for the two-year retreat (8 modules): $2400.
Too expensive? Think of it this way. Most folks spend over $100 per month for cable TV or going out to eat. Aren’t YOU worth $100 per month over the next two years if it would help you become all Jesus wants you to be?
* Payments made to Sustainable Faith via credit/debit card, PayPal or Apple Pay will be subject to an additional one-time cc fee of $100 (not included in prices above). Electronic checks/ACH payments are fee-less, however.
Your SCL Payment Includes:
- 8 quarterly 24-hour retreats with a private room and bath**
- 3 meals (Fri dinner, Sat breakfast, Sat lunch, and refreshments)
- Cohort materials (excluding your quarterly book assignments)
- A healthy balance of interactive teaching and guided times with God
- A new rhythm of life
- A mid-quarter experience (in-person or via on-line communication) with a cadre of people to share the learnings from the quarter
**Due to the specific nature of our cohort, which focuses on your own relationship with God, we suggest that each person have their own private sleeping room. In limited situations, we will attempt to accommodate married couples who would prefer to share a double room. Please contact us for full details.
Come make room for your soul with Marty & Sandy Boller, long-time pastors & spiritual directors through a series of eight 24-hour getaways placed quarterly over a two-year period, designed to explore and embrace the relationship that God desires to have with you. Questions? Contact Marty & Sandy Boller.
Take a look at this amazing story of one man’s story of transformation as he learned to slow down his life, walking at Godspeed rather than his own hurried pace…