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Foundations in Spirituality (Online): Strengthen Your Understanding of Spirituality and Open Your Heart to a Deeper Spiritual Life

The Foundations in Spirituality course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer and develops an appreciation of a contemplative attitude and presence, as basic to living a spiritual life.

Foundations in Spirituality is a 9- month serious reflective study that opens our minds and hearts to the teachings and life examples of the great Christian spiritual teachers that deepen our present spiritual journey. Explore the rich preaching of St. Dominic; the unbreakable faith of St. Teresa of Avila; the deep spirituality of St. John of the Cross; the life-giving wisdom of the Beguines; the deep courage of Howard Thurman; the daily prayerful life of St. Ignatius; and the lives of many more that enrich our own faith and spirituality.

The course is open to all who desire to strengthen their understanding of spirituality and who thirst for opening their hearts to a deeper spiritual life. The registration fee covers instruction and supplemental materials; required books are not covered under the registration fee.

Contemplative Instructors

Contemplative instructors dedicated to life-long formation are:

Carmelita Switzer, OP ~ Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids for more than 60 years and Spiritual Director

Amanda Dobson ~ Spiritual Director and Living School  graduate from the Center for Action and Contemplation

Session Dates, Days, and Times

Dates and Times

The Foundations in Spirituality formation intensive meets Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm:

  • September 20, 2021
  • October 4, 2021
  • October 18, 2021
  • November 1, 2021
  • November 15, 2021
  • November 29, 2021
  • December 13, 2021
  • January 10, 2022
  • January 24, 2022
  • February 7, 2022
  • February 21, 2022
  • March 7, 2022
  • March 21, 2022
  • April 11, 2022
  • April 25, 2022
  • May 9, 2022
  • May 23, 2022


Register for Foundations in Spirituality

Registration Fee

  • $600 - program cost
  • Books are not included in registration fee


Foundations in Spirituality will meet entirely via Zoom. Help is available for those new to this technology. Participants will receive the Zoom link prior to the first session.



Foundations in Spirituality was transformative for me. It expanded my understanding of who God was, is, and will be through exploring the spiritual practices and experiences of the mystics. I grew up with one narrow understanding of God. It was an image that was unsettling and distant from the Spirit that lives in me and I often felt like my spirituality was incorrect or even irreverent. The Foundations course gave me the much needed “permission “ to experience God's presence that uniquely dwells in My spirit, how the spirit communicates with me, and how I partner with God in bringing Love into this broken world.
~ Ruth N.


I participated in the Foundations in Spirituality course, which began a wonderful, faith-filled journey for me. In Foundations in Spirituality we studied all the saints and holy people from the time of Christ through the Reformation and beyond. I learned so much about their lives, and they all became my friends and mentors. They taught me how to live. I chose St. Teresa of Avila as my mentor because of the way she lived her life as a mystic. It became my goal to find this balance in my life. I also learned how to pray in different ways than I was used to, which has given me a thirst for more time with God ... I have learned “to see God in all things.”
~ Pat J.


Questions, Information, and Registration

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