Spiritual Formation Intensive with Mark Yaconelli

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Each year I work with 8 to 10 people over a 3-month period to do intensive spiritual formation and counseling. The program is a mixture of individual and group work exploring a variety of practices that deepen our relationship to God, self, and others. The program begins with an intimate beginning and closing 24 hour retreat. This year it will be held in the Northwest (Seattle or Portland area). Read the description below and let me know if you are interested in working together. Program dates, costs, and descriptions are below.


Spiritual Formation Intensive is a three month program designed and led by author, spiritual director, retreat leader, and veteran minister Mark Yaconelli. Through contemplative retreats, practical teaching, spiritual direction, weekly spiritual practices, engaging group discussions, online correspondence, and selected readings participants will:

 *Deepen their experience of and relationship with the God of Jesus

*Grow in practice and knowledge of the Christian spiritual arts: prayer, discernment, contemplative listening, personal healing, and compassionate action

*Learn a variety of spiritual exercises, disciplines, and compassion practices for spiritual growth and use with individuals and groups

*Gain personal guidance and clarity on vocational gifts and calling

*Learn how to hold and heal relational conflicts and personal wounds

*Learn leadership skills for guiding others in prayer, spiritual practice, discernment, and compassionate action


 Becoming a Spiritual Guide is a personal, practical, and transformative program that is grounded in Christian spiritual growth. The program includes:

 *Two (beginning and closing), one-day retreats led by Mark Yaconelli

*Twelve weeks of guided spiritual practice (with print and audio versions)

*Copies and guidance for teaching each of the practices used within the intensive

*Twelve weeks of individual spiritual direction with Mark Yaconelli through correspondence and phone conversations.

*Weekly online conversation and support from other program participants

*A copy of Wonder, Fear, and Longing: A Book of Prayers by Mark Yaconelli

 Fees and Application Process

Becoming a Spiritual Guide is a transformative and intensive mentorship program. In order to give participants focused attention, spaces are limited to ten. There is a simple application (see below) designed to help interested leaders discern their own readiness and commitment to the program. We have tried to make the fees as reasonable as possible given the amount of time, resources, and energy devoted to each participant. Cost for the program is $1200 per participant. That includes all program costs for the two retreats, 12 weeks of online teaching, 12 weeks of individual spiritual direction and consultation, and all print, audio, and video materials. This fee does not include travel, food, or lodging for the two retreats.

Retreats take place Friday dinner through Saturday dinner.

Retreat expenses for the opening (March 13-14) and closing retreat (June 5-6) is $120 per retreat  (includes one night, single room occupancy and four meals). $60 scholarships are available for each retreat to help reduce retreat fees.


Send an email with subject header: Spiritual Formation Intensive to yaconelli@msn.com.  Within email include your name, address, email, organization (if applicable) and a response to these three questions:

Question 1: How are you?

Question 2: What are you looking for?

Question 3: [Because the program has strict limits we want to insure that each person in the program commits to entire program.] If you are accepted will you commit to attending both retreats and honestly engaging all weekly practices, dialogues, and exercises?

Deadline: December 15, 2014. Once application is received applicants will be asked to sent $200 deposit (which will be applied to program fee) to secure a spot in the program.

Dates: Program begins with opening 24 hour retreat March 13-14 (Friday dinner through Saturday dinner) and ends with a closing retreat June 5-6 (Friday dinner through Saturday dinner), 2015.