All events are in Arizona timezone unless otherwise stated.


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

Time: 6:30pm

Cost: No cost

Let us know you’re coming September 28, 2021 by REGISTERING HERE.

UPCOMING times for Be/Still

September 28

October 26

Nov 23

December – NO be/Still

The Listening Leader – an online day retreat

September 29, 2021 // 9am – 2pm (Arizona time – currently same as PST)
We talk about and desire being led by the Spirit as we walk though life and as we lead, but what does that look like? Rather than react – to listen and be led and put our best ideas into practice. We’ll walk through what it means to be a listening leader as well as explore the temptations and false beliefs that can hold us back. Discernment and making space for listening will also be a part of our time together.
Led by Jeremy Stefano, Cheri Hudspith, and Ted Wueste

Location: online

Cost: No cost for leaders


Soul Care for Counselors and Therapists

Thursday, October 14, 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. Use the registration button to receive the link for this free monthly online event.
Location: Online
No cost

Spiritual Formation and Self Deception: Expanding the Scope of Self Awareness

October 16, 2021 // 9am – 12pm Arizona timezone (currently same as PST)
We will explore our own temptations to self deception and what it looks like to work with others who are dealing with some measure of self deception.

Led by Gary and Denise Nebeker and Ted Wueste

Cost: Regular Registration $29, General Membership $26, Professional Membership $25


48-Hour Silent Retreat

November 4-6, 2021 // 4pm – 2pm
Come, get away for 48 hours of quiet, prayerful reflection with God. Silence and solitude is the pattern we saw Jesus live, and the rhythm of a life that desires to abide deeply in Christ. Only 18 spots available – register soon to reserve your spot. Registration includes accommodations, meals (dinner on 11/4, 3 meals on 11/5 and breakfast and lunch on 11/6), and all materials.
Location: Redemptorist Renewal Center / 7101 W Picture Rocks Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743

Cost: Regular Registration $350, General Membership Registration $320, Professional Membership Registration $300


Grief Soul Care Day

December 4, 2021 // 9a-3:30p
This Soul Care Day, looking at Grief, will focus on needing “time to grief” and unpacking “judgment around grieving time” as well as social and spiritual “expectations” in the grieving process. Through teaching, reflection, discussion and practices we will explore these issues.
Cost includes lunch and materials.
Led by the SFSAZ team.
Location: Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center – 7415 E Elbow Bend Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377

Cost: Regular Registration $62, General Membership Registration $56, Professional Membership Registration $54


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.. Click here for a complete description. Registration is OPEN!