Type of Events
Select from one of the categories below to learn more about the types of events that Selah has offered and will continue to offer. Subscribe to our website to hear when new events are offered or check back often to see what is new on the events page.
Online and local area events
Selah offers in-person events usually at rented venues or in people’s homes. Most of our in-person events have been located in the Puget Sound Region of Washington State, some have been organized in other parts of the US and for travel abroad.
We also offer online events via the zoom platform, and some events are designated “hybrid”, which means that some participants gathering together at a location and others joining the group through zoom.
If you live in the Puget Sound Region, try one of our local events. If you live further afar try one of our online events.
Courses and seminars
Selah offers courses and seminars to deepen our capacity for contemplative living. We offer courses of varying lengths and commitment, from short, 1-hour seminars to longer, 9 month courses.
Our core foundational courses (LFTH, SoulAwake, etc) typically last 5-9 months, for one all-day Saturday meeting per month and homework such as reading, writing and contemplation practices to do between meetings.
Our short 1-hr, half-day, or full-day, seminars are intended to either help introduce people to contemplative practice or to supplement the core foundation courses as a form of continuing education or support for deepening your contemplative practice into contemplative living.
Our courses and seminar are not merely didactic, they are for engaging contemplative practice and reflection.
Selah occasionally offers weekend retreats to get away from the regular routine of our lives and connect more deeply with life, God, and each other.
We have organized silent or monastic retreats, alumni or end-of-course retreats, retreats featuring leaders in the contemplative movement or centered on a particular theme of the contemplative journey, and retreats that are primary just for gathering and celebrate being together on this contemplative journey.
We hope you get to attend one of our retreats.
Accompanied practice groups
People gather together in groups to find support and grow in a particular contemplative practice. It could be a group gathering to practice Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness meditation, the Ignatius’s Prayer of Examen, Keating’s Centering Prayer, or Bourgeault’s welcoming prayer. We sometime offer groups to support a particular practice. If there is a particular practice you would like to grow in, please let us know and we will see if there is others like you that want to meet together to develop in that practice.
Nature encounters (outside events)
Nature Encounters can come from watching a sunset, a walk in the park, sitting in solitude among the trees, on top of a mountain, or venturing deep into the wilderness.
We encourage, organize, and facilitate “Nature Encounters” from short contemplative walks in the park, to overnight experiences of solitude in the woods, to multi-day contemplative backpacking trips for the purpose of drawing closer to the presence of God.
Keep your eye out for opportunities to take contemplation outdoors.
We organize a variety of free-to-attend community events from smaller “SoulCare” groups that meet in people’s homes, to local area “Hub” Gatherings, to selah wide “companion and friends” gatherings for those who want to be a part of what Selah is doing and grow together as a contemplative oriented community.
Come and see what it is like to be a part of community that seeks to listen generously to life, God, and each other.