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: Canaan in the Desert – 9849 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85028 in the chapel

Cost: No cost

Let us know you’re coming June 22, 2021 by REGISTERING HERE.

UPCOMING times for Be/Still

June 22, 2021 – 6:30p

July – NO be/Still

August 17

September 28

October 26

Nov 23

December – NO be/Still

Soul Care for Counselors and Therapists

Thursday, July 8, 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

Spiritual Directors Gathering : RESET

July 10, 2021 // 8:30a – 12:00p

Gather together with other spiritual directors for a time of sharing and to reset after a tough pandemic year.

Led by LuAnn Roberson and Sanghoon Yoo

Location TBD

Cost: No cost


Prayer Painting **EVENT IS FULL**

July 24, 2021 // 9:00a – 12:00p

Explore prayer and painting in a process of noticing and letting go of expectations. A painting experience that requires no skill, with no agenda and no set outcome. Maybe the canvas is a place to voice a longing or word that has been placed before you. Or maybe it will be a visual reminder of the process of noticing and finding freedom. A place to let go and get our hands paint-y as we acknowledge the invitation from God being placed before us through listening and the practice of visio divina or sacred seeing.

Led by Sheli Sloterbeek

Class size is limited to 12 people

Location: Valley Christian High School* – 6900 W Galveston St, Chandler, AZ 85226

Cost: Regular Registration $35, General Member Registration $32, Professional Member Registration $30

Cost includes all materials and light snacks

Wounded Healer – soul care day

August 19, 2021 // 9:00a-3:00p
The Wounded Healer Soul Care Day will focus on how we experience healing from our hurts, addictions, and sufferings. And, then, what does it look like to bring healing to others? Through teaching, personal reflection, discussion, and practices, we will explore and experience a Scriptural understanding of embracing our wounds.
Led by Danny Mullins, Michael Donnelly, and Ted Wueste.

Location: Franciscan Renewal Center – 5802 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Cost: Regular Registration $46, General Member Registration $42, Professional Member Registration $39

Cost includes all materials and lunch


The Listening Leader – an online day retreat

September 29, 2021 // 9am – 2pm
More information coming soon.
Led by Jeremy Stefano, Cheri Hudspith, and Ted Wueste

Location: online

Cost: No cost for leaders


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.

Email for more information.

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.  Click here for more program information. 

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.