Be/Still is our monthly contemplative prayer gathering. Our goal is for it to be a shared time in quiet and listening. So, as you enter the time, you will be invited to quiet your heart and be present to God’s presence with you. We will have a short reading/quiet meditation on Scripture followed by a 20 minute time of Centering Prayer. At the end, we will leave the space quietly and bless one another as we go. There are times for a more talkative connection with one another and our heart for Be/Still is to protect this space from talking and chatting so that we can be present to God with one another. The time of our gathering will be approximately 45 minutes.

Location: Online and In person (see dates below)

Cost: No cost

Let us know you’re coming by clicking on the registration button below.

UPCOMING times for Be/Still

April 20, 2021 @ 12:00p (MST)  ONLINE – click here to receive link.

April 27, 2021 @6:30p – Click here to let us know you’re coming

Refreshed in the Spirit: soul care day

April 22, 2021  // 9:00a-3:00p

 Spend a day being refreshed in the Spirit. In a season of life when our souls have likely experienced weariness, take a day to be refreshed and encouraged. Short devotional teachings, time to personally prayer and process, and listening exercises will all be a part of this day. Lunch is included.
Location: Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85253
Cost: $39 Regular Registration, $36 General Member, $34 Professional Member

Silence, Solitude, Stillness: a day retreat

May 1, 2021  // 8:00a-12:00p

This day retreat will be centered around some teaching as well as listening to God and experiencing silence and solitude.
Location: Canaan in the Desert – 9849 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85028
Cost: $25 – includes materials and a light snack, water

Soul Care for Counselors and Therapists

Thursday, May 13, 2021  // 7:00p

Every month on the second Thursday at 7pm
Gather together with other counselors to share, care for your soul, and discuss the needs and challenges of this season. Led by Michael Donnelly and Ted Wueste. Use the registration button to receive the link for this free monthly online event.
Location: Online
No cost

Contemplative Photography Workshop

May 15, 2021  // 9:00a-12:00p

Explore photography as a spiritual practice in this introduction to contemplative photography. Contemplative photography is a way of seeing, photographing and  responding to God through images we receive through the lens. This workshop will take a mindful approach to the art of photography where we will focus on the practice rather than technique. No photography experience is necessary, just any type of camera (yes! phone cameras are great for this practice) and a heart open to experiencing prayer in a new way.  There will be a time of learning, practice, sharing and reflection.
Led by Sheli Sloterbeek
Location: Online
Cost: Regular Registration $30, General Member $27, Professional Member $25

Discipleship, Formation and the Church: a workshop

May 20, 2021  // 9a-1p

A workshop in which we will look at the nature of spiritual formation, the call to discipleship, and ways that this all works together in a local church context.

Location: Online

Cost: $40 Regular Registration, $36 General Member, $34 Professional Member


24-Hour Silent Retreat

June 18-19 // Friday 4pm – Saturday 4pm

Jesus said to His disciples, “Come away away with me.” It is often noted in the Gospels that Jesus went to lonely or desolate place. Retreat and withdrawal is time tested spiritual discipline that is vital for nurturing and giving space for our life with God. In this retreat, retreatants will share in a time of orientation after a meal and then enter into silence for approximately 24 hours. Two meals will be taken together in silence and the 24 hours will end with a debrief/time of reflection and prayer. Spiritual direction will be available during this time as well. We have reserved ample space for social distancing. Cost includes one night of lodging, three meals and all materials that will be provided.

Location: Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree Arizona

Cost: Regular Registration $179, General Member Registration $169, Professional Member Registration $159


Other Offerings


Renew: individual private retreats designed by our SFSAZ team to fit who you are and where you in your life with God. Retreats include accommodations and meals at a retreat center as well as time with a Spiritual Director and Pastoral Counselor to help process all that you are experiencing as you spend time with God. Retreats can be anywhere from 2-5 days. Let us know and we can consult with you in designing a retreat. Great for times of discernment, transition, and/or simply needing the space to reflect and be renewed in your life with God and the ministry to which He has called you.

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FORMATIO: the art of caring for souls

A two-year cohort journey in learning the art of soul care. Based around six retreats, participants will learn to more fully care for their own soul as well as coaching others in the ways and rhythms of Jesus. The art of caring for souls is companioning someone in their journey of experiencing God in awakening to the love of God, growing awareness of self and God, increasing attentiveness to His presence and voice, and abiding in/with God. This invites a lifestyle of intentional practices and rhythms that form us in the image of Christ. Some of those practices include: silence and solitude, prayer and listening, and discernment and detachment in the context of Scripture and community. Coming in the fall of 2021. Let us now if you are interested by clicking here and filling out the form. 

The Contemplative Way

SFSAZ Annual Conference 2022

The Contemplative Way… the 2022 SFSAZ Annual Conference. We will explore the invitation and elements of living contemplatively as well as looking at the contemplative way applies to various roles and life situations such as: leadership, shepherding, marriage, friendship, etc.. Stay tuned for more information and registration in the Summer of 2021.