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Drawing from the Depths of Spirit​

​​​2017-2018 Year Long Programs

​​ Deepening Year for Direction Ministries

Deepening Year for Direction Ministries is a year long program for graduates of a spiritual direction program.

This is a year long program in continuing education consisting of two retreats and six monthly sessions for practicing spiritual directors who desire to deepen their discernment and enhance their direction skills in a contemplative approach to the art of spiritual direction.
Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides
Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides is a two year program in contemplative spiritual direction.

During the two years of learning the art of spiritual direction, participants will discover the richness of contemplative community, the intimacy of small group interaction, and the gift of close supervision in the practicum portion of the program.
Contemplative Leadership

Contemplative Leadership is a one year, certificate program in spiritual deepening and contemplative Leadership.

​This program is ideal for both pastors and others seeking to deepen contemplation in ministry and life. Most participants will have previously found some contemplative practices transformative in their personal life and desire to grow in creating and equipping contemplative groups in their communities and desire the contemplative to shape and infuse their leadership.

Men4Directions is a renewable year long program intended to help men grow in faith, self-awareness, and spiritual wholeness.

We can all use help finding our way from time to time-men are no different. Men need the support of one another to be honest and real about life. Through small group discussions, monthly consultation with a "spiritual brother," and contemplative practice, men are encouraged to know themselves, listen to the still small voice within, and to honor their souls.
​​Why Oasis Might be Right For You! ​​
Which Program?

Why do people come? Why when they come to one program, do they often come back for more? For some, it is straight forward--they are looking for training in spiritual direction or contemplation. We offer quality training in those areas, so they come and treasure what they find. But for others it is far from straight forward. They feel a draw toward a deeper walk with God and are really looking to find a community, where that desire resonates on the faces of others as they speak it into the opening circle. Or they have some notion of wanting to be able to lovingly listen to others around spiritual matters and come hoping to be equipped in that way. Some want to take their prayer to new levels of communion. Some come wanting to balance seminary academics with immersion into the mystery of God. Some have walked from church without walking from Spirit and seek to grow and integrate their spiritual life in new ways and learn from other seekers on the path.

 What draws you? What tugs at your heart and spirit? What would it mean to deepen your trust right there? Know from Oasis, if you come we will meet you where you are and surround you with a loving, safe, and contemplative learning community. More than anything else, that is what Oasis offers.
          --Glenn Mitchell, Director of Oasis


Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides

--Do you like being a listener to others--receiving from others their stories, their longings, their dreams and experiences?
--Do you find that others often seek you out to share their spiritual queries?
--Do you long for a spiritual home--a place where who you are finds a safe and supportive community? A place where you can continue to learn and grow?
--Do you love to ponder or ask life's big questions?
--Do you long for an inner quiet amidst the busyness and overflow of daily life?

Contemplative Leadership
--Do you hunger for ways to go deeper in your spiritual life?
--In your prayer life are you feeling drawn to fewer words?
--Do you feel invited to accompany and lead others in the practice of prayer?
--Would you like to find ways to integrate your leadership more deeply with your spiritual life?
--Do you cherish the energy that stirs when people gather together in prayer or meditation?

Deepening Year for Direction Ministries
--Have you missed the spiritual community you shared when you were a part of your spiritual direction training cohort?
--Do you want to keep learning on the path of being a spiritual director?
--Do you want to find ways to deepen your presence with others?
--Would you like to explore what might be entailed in growing your spiritual direction practice?
--Are you ready for fresh ways of receiving supervision in your work?


 More Info about Year Long Programs

​​​Upcoming Single Day Events

T homas Merton Retreat Day

​​​​Seasonal Labrynth Walk

​​​​A Necessity of Shadows

​​​​Photography as Spiritual Practice
​Upcoming event on May 13, 2017, in Elizabethtown, PA ​. Join us for prayerfulness, playfulness, and instruction. No prior knowledge of photography is necessary...a curiosity and deeper seeking is all.
​​Upcoming event on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Carlisle, PA. Join us for a repeating event with a fresh look at new explorations into Thomas Merton. Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is a Trappist monk, writer, poet, contemplative, and was one of the most influential Christian voices of the 20th centrury.
Upcoming event on June 17, 2017, in Tower City, PA . Come join us for a day each season to explore and walk the labyrinth. This very ancient practice in the church has much to offer us today as we open to the Spirit and walk the way. Show up for one or all four of the days and learn about the tradition, with time for reflection and prayer, and with guidance in the walking.

​​​​​ Deeper Into The Wild Hike

​​Finding the Presence of God in your own Backyard

​​​​​ Deeper Into The Wild Hike

​​4 hikes per year.​
Upcoming one on June 21, 2017, Summer Equinox. 5-7 miles as a celebration of the season at hand. Hiking participants will be guided into times of reflection, sharing, solitude, and community. Hikes are in South Central Pa and Northern Maryland.
​​Upcoming event on Saturday, September 9, 2017, in Hummlestown, PA. Join us for a day apart, a day of prayer and play, of beauty and healing and rest, as we encounter God in this lovely backyard setting, planted with wildlife in mind. Our day will include an exploration of nativce planting for wildlife and a seed collecting walk, for those interested in planting at home.
​​4 hikes per year.​
Upcoming one on September 22, 2017, Summer Equinox. 5-7 miles as a celebration of the season at hand. Hiking participants will be guided into times of reflection, sharing, solitude, and community. Hikes are in South Central Pa and Northern Maryland.
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Prayers for This Fool and Others
April 1, 2017
By: Glenn Mitchell

Each morning before coffee, before Centering Prayer, before I even leave my bed, I offer this prayer from Thich Nhat Hanh. I pray it for myself and I pray it for Theresa and at times and in seasons, I pray it for others. It has become an important way to begin my day. I know my need for it and I know how praying it begins to change the way I hold others and the way I hold the world. I offer it to you as we begin a new month.

Meditation Prayer on Love
Thich Nhat Hanh

1. May I be peaceful, happy, and light in body, mind and spirit.[1]

2. May I be free from injury. May I live in safety.

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