Spiritual Formation in Contemplative Living
Selah offers courses, classes, retreats and events with experiential learning in a Christian contemplative community. We invite you to scroll through the Events Calendar below to explore and register for scheduled events.
Highlighted Special Events
No Cost, Recurring, Community Events
Kairos Friday Mornings Online
A weekly, online gathering to share in contemplative practice. No cost and join anytime. Search for “Kairos” in the calendar and register to receive the Zoom link.
Edmonds (WA) Gathering Hub
A monthly in-person gathering for contemplative practice in Edmonds (WA). Search for “gathering hub” in the calendar below, and email the organizer to find out more.
Gig Harbor (WA) Gathering Hub
A monthly in-person gathering for contemplative practice in Gig Harbor (WA). Search for “gathering hub” in the calendar below, find the Gig Harbor (WA) gathering to email the organizer.
Soul Care Small Groups
Weekly, biweekly and monthly small groups for growing relationships in contemplative practice. Search for “group” in the calendar below to find Soul Care groups and email the organizer for more information.
Calendar of Events
Use the following words to search the Events Calendar: Course, Companions, Gathering Hub, Kairos, Retreat
FALL 2023: Join writers from the Selah community on alternating Tuesday evenings (every two weeks) from 6-7 pm. Get your words flowing by writing in community through Zoom.
OCT 14: For Companions and friends who are interested in the movement of Selah with a longing to go deeper in connection with God, others and oneself.
OCT 23 & NOV 6: Join us on-line for a two-part Creative Contemplative workshop led by Wendy Bryant and Cindy Waple. No artistic experience necessary.
NOV 30: A quiet day of prayer and contemplation for the season's transition. Gather on Zoom for instructions and reflection.
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Select a category below to learn more about the types of events that are typically offered.
Online and local area events
Selah offers in-person events usually at rented venues or in someone’s home. 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 most participants meet at a location while some others are able to join 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.
Free and paid events
Many of our events are free and some of our events have a fee to cover costs. Selah relies on donations as well as fees for bigger events in order to support the ministry as well as provide quality events at a reasonable cost. If you have the financial means, please consider donating to the work of Selah so that we can continue to offer quality events. Through our generous donors scholarships are also available for paid 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. These courses also usually involve homework such as reading, writing and contemplative 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. Some are designed for those who desire to deepen their contemplative practice into contemplative living.
Attend one of our courses and seminars to learn and grow in contemplative practice.
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 and monastic retreats, alumni and end-of-course retreats, retreats featuring leaders in the contemplative movement or centered on a particular theme of the contemplative journey. Some retreats are just for gathering and 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. They could be focused on one of our core contemplative practices (Breathing Prayer, Examen of Consciousness, Lectio Divina, Prayer of Imagination, Centering Prayer or Welcoming Prayer), or they could be to focused on other complementary meditative practices such as mindfulness, self-compassion, loving kindness, gratitude, savoring, blessing or walking mediations.
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 “Creation 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 Soul-Care groups that meet in people’s homes or online, to local area “Gathering Hub” events, to Selah wide “Companion” gatherings for those who want to be a part of what Selah is doing and grow together as a contemplative community. Check out the community page to learn more about these kinds of events.
Come and see what it is like to be a part of a community that seeks to listen generously to life, God and each other.