The Academy For Spiritual Formation

The Academy fulfills a unique place in the lives of Christians reaching for deeper spiritual growth, whether clergy or lay, whether leader or participant. I have never known a spiritual frontier which combines such a wide spectrum of Christian experience: the academic teaching, the spiritual guidance, the liturgical experience, the small group depth encounter and sharing, and silent reflection -- not only balanced, but interwoven through the days. Yes -- it changes lives, including mine. ~ Flora Wuellner, author and Academy faculty member.

The Academy for Spiritual Formation is an experience of disciplined Christian community emphasizing holistic spirituality -- nurturing body, mind, and spirit. The program is meant for all those who hunger for deep spiritual experiences, both lay and clergy persons. Each Academy fosters new spiritual rhythms -- of study and prayer, rest and exercise, solitude and relationship. 

Academy participants rediscover Christianity's rich spiritual heritage through worship, learning, and fellowship. At a personal level, participants find a time and space to discern direction, make covenants, and practice commitments.

  • The Two-Year Academy meets for 5 days in residence (once every three months) eight times over the course of two years. For those seeking a short-term experience of spiritual formation, the Five Day Academy is also available.
  • The Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation™ is like the two-year Academy, but it consists of a single five-day session. The leadership team of Five Day Academies are chosen from alumni/ae of the two-year Academies. The faculty of the Five Day Academies are chosen from among the many outstanding spiritual leaders in seminaries, churches, and denominations in the United States.

A Five Day Academy typically begins on Monday and ends on Saturday. On the evening of the first day, there is a group dinner, a welcome and orientation, Covenant Group sessions, and a Eucharist celebration. Each day following includes curriculum sessions, times for silent reflection, discussions with faculty, and Covenant Group meetings. There is also a nightly Eucharist Service, Morning Prayer, and Night Prayer.

Five Day Academies are offered each year in locations around the world. The cost varies according to the location.

For more information please contact Pat Luna, Kathy Norberg or The Upper Room Ministries.