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Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction

Susan Currie

Greetings, friend in Christ!

Welcome to Selah ~ a program, a ministry, and a way of being with God that we offer in spiritual direction. Spiritual direction is a gift that’s nurtured more than a skill that’s taught. Thus Selah (the program) and selah (the Hebrew word occurring in the psalms) craft a space for nurturing the holy mystery of what happens when we pause reflectively, in listening attentiveness to God. While everyone can grow in this awareness, we believe that God calls some among us to a deeper ministry of spiritual attentiveness and companionship, and we’d like to nurture that gift within you!  Here's a glimpse of how our approach is defined:

Selah is intentionally Trinitarian in theology

Paying attention to how God the Father is actively shaping a person's life through the Holy Spirit in ways that form them ever more deeply into the image of Christ.

Selah is intentionally contemplative in style

Characterized by an attentive resting in Christ's presence in the direction time, noticing the movement and activity of the Holy Spirit.

Selah is intentionally Biblical in grounding

Drawing our understanding of God and his ways from the Scriptures.


In this threefold context, we grow from the wisdom and experience of the Church, through readings in the classics of spiritual formation, and through the learned practice of spiritual direction together.

Selah’s curriculum is designed around two foci:  We nurture spiritual direction’s foundational understanding of the theology of spiritual formation, through faculty teaching during retreat Residencies, as well as reading and reflection assignments in between Residencies. And we develop spiritual direction’s central practice, through small group experience of this in retreat Residencies, as well as individual experience of offering spiritual direction and reflecting on it with a Selah faculty Supervisor in between Residencies, either in person or by phone.

Please check out the Selah Details (and other links at top right), which will give you a fuller idea of who we are and what it's like to be part of our Selah community.  Feel free to contact me directly if I may be of further help to you!

In Christ's Grace,

Susan Currie
Director of Selah

PS - Check out the links at the top right of this page for more information about the Selah program, application, and faculty

A Residential Model

We believe that the skills necessary to attentive listening are learned best in attentive space--away from the busyness and distractions of daily responsibilities. Hence Selah is designed around 5 residential retreats over a two-year period, each of 3-4 days/nights in duration where we learn, develop deep friendships, and experience God together in community.  Selah-West residencies are held near Phoenix, AZ; Selah-East residencies are held near Boston, MA. (Each location stands on its own; applicants choose either Selah-West or Selah-East, and journey with the same cohort for all 5 residencies.)  In between each residency, participants will be required to continue course work and course practice, which will provide much of the growth we bring into our times together. Both Phoenix Sky Harbor (Selah-West) and Boston-Logan (Selah-East) are major international airports with direct flights from major cities all over the US.

Susan Currie Steve Macchia Jeremy Stefano Angela Wisdom Ted Wueste Tom Ashbrook Adele Calhoun John French Alan Fadling Gayle Heaslep Genalin Niere David Vryhof John Coe David Wu


2015-2017 Cohort Dates

All Residencies begin at 3pm on the starting day and end after lunch on the final day.

  • September 18-21, 2015 (Fri-Mon)
    Franciscan Renewal Center, AZ
  • January 4-7, 2016 (Mon-Thurs)
    Franciscan Renewal Center, AZ
  • May 30 - June 3, 2016 (Mon-Fri)
    Redemptorist Renewal Center, AZ
  • January 6-9, 2017 (Fri-Mon)
    Franciscan Renewal Center, AZ
  • May 19-23, 2017 (Fri-Tues)
    Redemptorist Renewal Center, AZ



(New England)

2015-2017 Cohort Dates

All Residencies begin at 3pm on the starting day and end after lunch on the final day.

  • June 28-July 1, 2015 (Sun-Wed)
    Miramar Retreat Center, MA
  • Nov. 8-11, 2015 (Sun-Wed)
    St. Methodios Retreat Center, NH
  • June 9-13, 2016 (Thu-Mon)
    St. Methodios Retreat Center, NH
  • Nov. 11-14, 2016 (Fri-Mon)
    St. Methodios Retreat Center, NH
  • June 2-6, 2017 (Fri-Tues)
    St. Methodios Retreat Center, NH

2014-2016 Cohort Dates

All Residencies begin at 3pm on the starting day and end after lunch on the final day.

  • June 22-25, 2014 (Sun-Wed)
    Adelynrood Retreat Center, MA
  • Nov. 9-12, 2014 (Sun-Wed)
    Miramar Retreat Center, MA
  • June 5-9, 2015 (Fri-Tues)
    St. Edmund's Enders Island, CT
  • November 8-11, 2015 (Sun-Wed)
    St. Methodios Retreat Center, NH
  • June 9-13, 2016 (Thurs-Mon)
    St. Methodios Retreat Center, NH
Jim Ennis shares about his experience in Selah.

What Others Are Saying...
"I firmly believe that my two years in Selah have not only been life-giving but life-saving! Everything that I have been exposed to has not only helped me re-tool for the second half of my career as a pastor but has also moved me into a completely new and deeper relationship with my Heavenly Father. I really do feel reborn! The 2 year format and integration of teaching, reading, practice of spiritual direction, and peer supervision really was effective in preparing me to provide spiritual direction and to pastor out of a more contemplative model."

-- David Shaw, Selah 2010-2012

"Selah has changed my life. Thank you for all you have done."

-- Daryl Driscoll

"I have received more personal and ministry support and encouragement in the past year in Selah than in the previous 20 years. I really am grateful for you all!"

-- Andrea Chan

"Thanks again … Selah has been life changing for me… and life giving.  I long to see this imparted to others in the local church, it is so freeing."

-- Deb Bellevue

"Spiritual direction takes place when two people agree to give their full attention to what God is doing in one (or both) of their lives and seek to respond in faith ... whether planned or unplanned, three convictions underpin these meetings: (1) God is always doing something: an active grace is shaping this life into a mature salvation; (2) responding to God is not sheer guesswork: the Christian community has acquired wisdom through the centuries that provides guidance; and (3) each soul is unique: no wisdom can simply be applied without discerning the particulars of this life, this situation."

-- Eugene Peterson
Selah Faculty
Selah Faculty

Senior Faculty
Additional Faculty
Selah Cohorts
Selah Faculty 2008-2010
Selah 1: 2007-2009

Selah 2 Faculty 2009-2011
Selah 2: 2009-2011

Selah 3 Faculty 2010-2012
Selah 3: 2010-2012

Selah 4 Faculty 2011-2013
Selah 4: 2011-2013

Selah 5 Faculty 2011-2013
Selah 5: 2012-2014

Selah 6 Faculty 2013-2015
Selah 6: 2013-2015

Selah 7: 2014-2016 Faculty
Selah 7: 2014-2016

Selah 8E: 2015-2017 Faculty
Selah 8E: 2015-2017

Selah 9W Faculty 2015-2017
Selah 9W: 2015-2017

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