We are in prayer for all those who are being and may be affected by the challenges we are facing in our country right now as it relates to the Coronavirus and the responses that are being taken. Our heart is to move forward without fear and with wisdom. At this time, we are postponing all “in person” events through the middle of April, but will have some other online opportunities and resources available.

Here are some of our virtual opportunities.


Be/Still

6:30-7:30pm – May 26, June 30

Be/Still is a monthly contemplative prayer gathering. Practicing contemplative prayer with others is wonderful in so many ways. It gives us a connection with others who desire to live a contemplative life and it also provides an opportunity for the accountability of being in the presence of others.

We will keep things simple with a brief orientation and then simply spend time in Centering Prayer with two periods of silent prayer. We will have an opportunity for debrief and sharing.

ON HOLD: Physical Location: Canaan in the Desert Prayer Garden, Chapel – 9849 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85028

Please click here for the link to the virtual gathering on May 26.

To get on our email list for reminders about Be/Still – click here.


Crafting a Rule of Life

Saturday, May 30, 2020

9:00am – 12:00pm

In these uncertain, unsettling times, you may have found yourself a bit shaken in terms of identity, routine, purpose, or something else entirely. This may have you in a place of discovering or rediscovering what is truly most important to you. Many have said, “don’t waste this time” or “I don’t want to go back to normal.” The ancient monasteries began using a “rule of life” or way to structure life around God rather than structuring God around life.This workshop will walk through how to put together a “rule of life” that will help you live into your purpose, your desires, your gifts, and your hope.

Cost: Suggested donation of $25 or whatever you are able to pay.

Click here to register for this event.


Taste of Spiritual Direction

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Join us for a time exploring the ministry of Spiritual Direction, what it is and what it might look like to have someone accompany you on your spiritual journey. After an introduction you will be paired with a spiritual director in an approximately hour long one-on-one session.

Location: Online

Cost: No Cost – Space is Limited

REGISTRATION IS FULL – Please email sheli@sfsaz.org to be added to the waiting list.


Helping Others Navigate Anxiety and Depression

Saturday, June 13, 2020

9:00am – 12:00pm

In our current global circumstances anxiety and depression are skyrocketing as people are dealing with loss, uncertainty and confusion. In this webinar you will learn how to interact with and understand anxiety and depression.  There can be many misunderstandings about mental health and you will leave this time better equipped to offer companionship for those in need and knowing how to direct others to receive further help they might need. 

Location: Online

Cost: $30

Click here to register.


Soul Care Day: Keep Yourself in the Love of God

Thursday, June 25, 2020

9:00am – 1:00pm

Facilitated by Ted Wueste and Tom Ashbrook
We’ll walk through what it means that God IS loving us and how we can keep ourselves in a place of being present to that love. The day will provide a restful day to care for your soul through simple teachings, personal reflection, sharing, and spiritual exercises.

Location: Online

Cost: $25

Click here to register.


Wounded Healer Retreat

August 6-8

The Wounded Healer Retreat 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 embracing our wounds. 

Registration cost ($365) includes lodging, meals, and all materials. Click here to register.

Location: Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ


More 2020 events (details to come):

  • July 25: Day Retreat for Spiritual Directors (more info to come)

Fall 2020 events:

  • September: New cohort for Life with God starting (click here for more)
  • September: Soul Care Day/Workshop on Forgiveness
  • November: 24-hour Silent Prayer Retreat
  • December: Rule of Life Workshop
  • December: Blue Christmas Service for Hope and Healing

2021 events:

  • February 5-6: SFSAZ Annual Conference (see below)
  • April: Wilderness Pilgrim Retreat
  • August: Formational Leader Retreat

2021 Annual Conference

February 5-6

More info and registration information coming Spring 2020.