School of Contemplative Life

There is a school starting up this Spring that some of you may be interested in. For those who have been interested in Sustainable Faith’s Schools of Spiritual Direction but aren’t interested in becoming Spiritual Directors, this may be for you. This School swims in the same stream.

The cohort that is beginning in Winnipeg is led by Rick and Luanne Hill! Below is an invitation from the Hills:

For the past several years, we have been on a path of unpacking our well-worn spiritual lives and seeking to find deeper meaning in our relationship with God and with ourselves. We have made some discoveries that we wanted to share with you.

Many of us in our spiritual walk, have been taught to learn things about God and to do things for God. In our experience, we have found that this way of doing life can leave us tired and weary and asking ourselves “is there something more to sustain our sense of connection with Love?”. If the extent of our relationship is based primarily on learning and doing we can miss out completely on the invitation to know our Creator on a deeper level, in our hearts, the place of our deepest longings and desires. 

We are curious…. what is going on in the quiet, hidden places of your soul? Are good things happening there? Are you hungry to experience God in a deeper way? We would like to invite you on a journey to experience the slow unhurried process of transformation in your life. Together we will learn how to develop the healthy spiritual habits/practices that create a space for us to deepen our awareness of how God is moving in our lives and to allow our truest selves to emerge – an opportunity for awakening.

We are offering the School of Contemplative Life (SCL), beginning April 30th – May 1st.  SCL is set up as a two-year journey, but you can commit to Year 1 and Year 2 separately. Each year consists of four 24-hour experiences spaced evenly over a 12- month period. Each retreat will focus on a particular spiritual practice that will help us to experience God in a more profound way. It is important to note that much of the transformation occurs between retreats as we connect our interior work with our outer world.

You can find out more information about the School of Contemplative Live (SCL) on the website of Sustainable Faith here.

Please note that although the school is designed for in-person retreats, in light of current public health restrictions, the cohort will be offered online this year.

Please contact us with any questions you may have and feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone you feel might be interested. 

We look forward to connecting with you!

Luanne and Rick Hill

Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

Spiritual Formation Schools: SOSD & SOMJ

This fall, we are hosting two Sustainable Faith schools: the School of Spiritual Direction (SOSD) and the School of Mercy and Justice (SOMJ). Both schools offer spiritual formation with an emphasis on the contemplative life.

Particularly, the SOSD is designed to develop your skills of being attentive to others on their journey with Jesus; the SOMJ is designed to help you cultivate a vibrant, interior life with God as you engage in mercy and justice work. Both schools are open to pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike from any church or denomination. You do not have to be part of the Vineyard to take either training.

Both schools involve five modules (each two days, every other month from October to June), practicing spiritual disciplines, spiritual direction, reading, and written reflections. For specific information, see the syllabi below.

  • Note: Each school typically has no more than 12 students.

We’re hosting an interest meeting at WCV at 6 pm, Sunday, June 3 where you’ll receive an overview of the curricula and be able to meet the teachers and former students.


SOSD (Year 1) (US$1,850 / ~ CAD$2,378.01) *

  • Syllabus (2018-2019) [PDF]
  • Module 1: Spiritual Direction Foundations Part 1
    • Oct. 12-13, 2018
  • Module 2: Spiritual Direction Foundations Part 2
    • Dec. 7-8, 2018
  • Module 3: Self-Understanding and Image of God
    • Feb. 1-2, 2019
  • Module 4: Group Spiritual Direction and Discernment
    • Apr. 29-30, 2019
  • Module 5: The Soul’s Path – Movement toward God
    • May 24-25, 2019

SOMJ (US$900 / ~ CAD$1,165.45) *

  • Syllabus (2018-2019) [PDF]
  • Module 1: The Story of Our Life and the Life of Christ
    • Oct. 5-6, 2018
  • Module 2: Compassion and Grief
    • Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018
  • Module 3: Humility and Power
    • Jan. 25-26, 2019
  • Module 4: Mercy and Justice
    • Mar. 22-23, 2019
  • Module 5: Rhythm and Rule
    • May 17-18, 2019

* excludes books.

Our 2017 SOSD graduates.

Our 2018 SOMJ cohort.