Way of the Spirit

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Rooted in the Holy—Since 2012, Way of the Spirit has offered residential retreats over an 18-month program cycle. Online during 2021-22, we’ll explore complex facets of spiritual giftedness in a series of four mini-courses. Each course can stand alone. Attend any one, or continue through all the courses in a year. With a collaborative and experiential approach, we build encouraging spiritual community over the miles.

Way of the Spirit Mini-Courses Online:

    • Three Saturdays of learning, reflection, and prayer
      • 10:00am-3:00pm Pacific Time
      • Highly interactive group sessions, presentations, and guided exercises, with 60 minute break
      • Group size limited to 14 participants
      • Additional optional Individual spiritual accompaniment session with staff
      • Private online community for program resources and sharing
      • What are online retreats like? 
    • Mini-Courses 2021-2022, Co-facilitated by Christine Hall and Jan Wood
      • Nov 6 & 20, Dec 4—Tending Your Spiritual Giftedness: Recognizing your unique giftedness is a start, but only the beginning of faithfulness. How do you tend it? Help if flow or strengthen? Discern when and how to engage it? Or handle it with other people and tasks?
      • Jan 15, 29 & Feb 12—Navigating Obstacles to Giftedness: How do we maneuver with inner vulnerabilities, institutional blocks, or systemic biases?
      • Mar 5, 19 & Apr 2—Creating a Culture of Giftedness: Positive steps for groups (meetings, churches, non-profits, workplaces), including brave conversations.
      • Apr 29, May 7 & 21—Giftedness: Passing It On: How do we expand the culture of giftedness into the future with children and youth?

What is Spiritual Giftedness?

From Jan Wood
“It is a piece of God’s heart and power flowing through us. It is a gift from the Holy Spirit for us to offer to others. It is God’s design to partner with God’s people in transforming/redeeming the earth and all its peoples. Our giftedness seems to be woven into the very fabric of our being. You can see it in small children. It is operative in folks who consider themselves religious and those who don’t. Observation would indicate that everyone is gifted and is motivated by gifts in some fashion. And the fullness of God’s love and goodness becomes a life-giving, artesian spring flowing through us when we are aware and intentional about being connected with God’s heart and Spirit.”


Koinonia Monthly Reflection Group

A monthly small group gathering to tend your soul:

    • Nurture awareness of the presence and guidance of the Spirit in your everyday life.
    • Share your spiritual journey with committed, encouraging companions—8-12 participants.
    • Monthly themes build through the year, with brief readings, spiritual exercises, and sharing personal experiences.
    • Online via Zoom
    • One evening a month —Beginning October 13, second Wednesdays, two hour sessions 6:30-8:30pm Pacific Time. 
    • $50/month for this form of group spiritual direction; 6-12 month commitment
    • Apply here: https://goodnewsassociates.org/spirit/application/
    • Questions to Chris: christine@goodnewsassociates.org

Bring Your Own Experience

The specifics of your life, character, skills, spiritual giftedness, and inner sensibilities matter in the life of faith. Engage a gently guided, experiential approach to spiritual discernment, relational spirituality, Quaker “leadings,” and universal ministry or Spirit-led service. Way of the Spirit seeks to integrate the wholeness of our experiences in God. The ordinary, or practical, and the “spiritual” weave one Reality. More here.

Grow Beloved Community

Join the extraordinary community of participants and alumni, intentionally fostering each others’ faithfulness over time. Enjoy spiritual accompaniment (Quaker “eldering”) by program staff during and between retreats. Grow through participants’ mutual support of your unique faithfulness. Class size limited to 15-18. Read what participants say.

Way of the Spirit welcomes sincere seekers from several faith communities. We are enriched by the gifts of Quaker spirituality even as Quakers are nourished by other perspectives. We connect in our common yearning for the Holy, share deeply, and grow in faithfulness to our own paths.

Learn from Quaker Wisdom

Study and integrate Christian and Quaker resources through a highly responsive curriculum. Approx. 70 pages of carefully selected materials in preparation for online mini-courses.

Way of the Spirit is funded through participant fees and tax deductible donations through Good News Associates