All events are in Phoenix, Arizona timezone (MST) unless otherwise stated.

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Spiritual Directors Gathering

June 20, 2024 // 12pm-2p
Location: Online

We’ll be looking at longing and place in the journey through the lens of Teresa’s Interior Castle. How does this help us sit with others in Spiritual Direction? There will be teaching, sharing and time for personal reflection.

Led by Ted Wueste and Tom Ashbrook

Cost: Free (donations accepted)

Silent Prayer Retreat – 5 day

July 29 – August 2, 2024
Prince of Peace Abbey – 650 Benet Hill Rd, Oceanside, CA 92058

Come away and rest with Jesus in prayer. Join a small group for a five day silent prayer retreat near the Pacific coast at beautiful Prince of Peace Abbey. We will gather for a short opening together and set off in silence and come together to close the time.


Regular Registration: $695.00

General Member Registration: $625.00

Full & Professional Registration: $590

Transportation not included in the cost.

Renew & Refresh – for pastors and leaders

August 14-16, 2024
Franciscan Renewal Center – 5802 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Feeling tired? Wondering about your calling? Just need some time away?

Join other pastors and leaders for a retreat at the restful Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ, to refresh your soul and be renewed in your calling. There will be time for silence and solitude,  times of teaching, and space for personal reflection and prayer. Spend time with others who know the joys and unique challenges of your specific ministry work with time in listening groups. The teaching time will center around Matthew 11:28-30 and focus on Jesus’ invitation to a restful way of being. Don’t miss this opportunity to be refreshed as you move into another season of ministry. Private room, 2 dinners, 2 breakfast and 2 lunches, snacks, and materials included.


Regular Registration: $295

General Membership Registration: $266

Full and Professional Membership Registration: $251

Spiritual Formation Discovery Retreat

presented by the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona and Imago Christi

Spiritual Formation Discovery is a process designed for Christians well into the process of Christian maturity. The three-day Discovery event provides a series of interactive modules comprised of stories, instruction, spiritual exercises that help participants interact with the Lord to discover His invitations to deepening relationship with Him. In these modules you will explore:

  • Your Spiritual Timeline
  • Your Longing for God
  • Your Place in the Journey
  • Hindrances to Your Longing
  • Your Journey of Abiding Prayer
  • Spiritually Forming Community
  • Your Spiritual Formation Plan

2 Options to Attend

September 16th – 18th
9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Franciscan Renewal Center

October 17&18 – 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Oct 19 – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Vineyard Gilbert Church


Regular Pricing – $170
Professional and Full Members – $145
General Members – $153

Cost does NOT include lodging. If you would like to secure a room at the Franciscan Renewal Center for the September event please contact Kevin at [email protected] for more information.

For more information about Spiritual Formation Discovery see

24 Hour or 48 Hour Silent Prayer Retreat

24 Hour Retreat November 14-15, 2024

48 Hour Retreat November 13-15, 2024

Location: Spirit in the Desert – 7415 E Elbow Bend Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377

We live in a noisy, busy world. It can be exhausting and discouraging. Jesus invites us to something different that can shape the way we are interacting with the noise. In Mark 6:31-32, we read: “Because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Take some time away to follow Jesus in this invitation to rest.Come for 24 hours or make it a 48 hour retreat. Gentle facilitation at the beginning and end with options for how you might spend this time with the Lord.

24-Hour Retreat Registration Cost

Regular Registration: $198

General Membership Registration: $178

Full and Professional Membership Registration: $168

48-Hour Retreat Registration Cost

Regular Registration: $395

General Membership Registration: $356

Full and Professional Membership Registration: $336

Refund Policy

In-person events: 30 days or more prior to event: 100%, 14-29 days before event: 90%, 7-13 days before event: 60%, 1-6 days before event: 30%

No refunds available after an event.

Ongoing Contemplative Prayer Offerings

simple silence

Simple Silence 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.  Our heart for Simple Silence is to offer space that is free from conversation in the chapel, allowing us to enter and leave in a quiet, contemplative way, carrying the peaceful silence of God’s presence with us as we go.. The time of our gathering will be approximately 30-45 minutes.
Location: Canaan in the Desert – 9849 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85028 in the chapel

Day & Time: 2nd TUESDAYS @6:30pm

Cost: No cost

2024 Dates: We’re on a break until the fall! Check back for dates or sign up and receive an email when the dates are posted. 


Be/Still is our monthly contemplative prayer gathering. Our goal is for it to be a shared time in quiet and listening. We’re excited for some new changes to be/still this fall! Keep checking back for details or sign up for our weekly email!

Contemplative Prayer Group

Location: Redemption Church Alhambra: 1830 W. Glenrosa Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015
Day & Time: Thursdays @7:00am
We open with a short verbal prayer, sit for twenty minutes in focused silence, transition to a few minutes of passive contemplation, share (if we feel invited), and sometimes close with the laying on of hands and petitionary prayer.
Contact: Dr. John DelHousaye – [email protected]

Taizé Prayer

You are invited to a service of listening prayer patterned after the prayer and worship times of the community of Taizé in France.
Location: Wonderful Mercy Church: 1351 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234 – in the main sanctuary
Day & Time: Third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm
No Cost

Other Offerings


Renew: individual private retreats designed by our SFSAZ team to fit who you are and where you are 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.

Please fill out this form to initiate the process

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.   Click here for more program information.