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If you're looking for...

  • A more contemplative lifestyle in the midst of the growing demands of leadership
  • A deeper understanding of spiritual leadership
  • A caring, listening, and discerning community of sacred companions
  • Growth in intimacy with Christ
  • A variety of learning-style experiences
  • Resources to help you care for your soul and the souls of others in your ministry context...

Then, LTI's Emmaus — a retreat-based leadership community — is for you! Come and journey with others who hunger for rest, renewal, encouragement, and deeper spiritual companionship.

The opportunity for learning and personal development that Emmaus offers is experiential. Distinct from a typical classroom environment of learning by note-taking, Emmaus provides a context for prayerful participation and allows for learning by involvement through giving and receiving in the life-transforming experience of a listening community. Participation requires presence, attentiveness, silence, and honest engagement that will inform your experience of God and reshape your view of true community.

You choose the time frame of your sojourn in Emmaus, committing to just one year at a time (fall to spring). Three years of rotating curriculum introduces new content and keeps the dialogue fresh. Some Emmaus participants join for one year, while others stay on for several years.

Optional: Certificate in Spiritual Leadership is offered for those who complete two full years of Emmaus (one-year commitment at a time), and complete additional written and reflection assignments. Additional $250 per year.


Emmaus – LTI's Spiritual Leadership Communities are unique groups of leaders who desire ever-deepening attentiveness to the presence and movement of God within their hearts and in all life's circumstances and relationships. A year in an Emmaus community offers four (midweek) topical retreats over a period of nine months. Each retreat is designed to provide a spiritually enriching environment for ongoing encouragement and growth in the spiritual life, in discernment and renewal. It is our hope that by coming alongside and engaging with one another in unhurried, reflective/contemplative retreat settings we will develop a lifestyle of spiritual formation that will impact both our personal walk of intimacy with Christ and ultimately inform our influence as leaders in our ministry contexts.

Each retreat includes the following:

  • A listening community of sacred companions with whom to fellowship over relaxed meals
  • State of soul sharing that serves as our re-introduction to one another each retreat
  • Scripture, prayer and reflective disciplines that keep us focused on biblical, contemplative and Trinitarian means of grace
  • Crafting a Rule of Life as the foundation for personal growth and small group sharing
  • Worship times as a community scheduled throughout the retreat
  • Silent breakfasts each morning
  • Spacious blocks for silence and solitude in the afternoons for prayer, Scripture reading, personal reflection, a walk in the woods or perhaps a nap
  • Optional spiritual direction appointments
  • Stimulating book study discussion
  • Teaching sessions on spiritual formation topics based on the retreat theme
Genuine transformation comes not through what we know,
but through what we do with what we know.

Certificate in Spiritual Leadership (Optional)

Certificate of completion requires participation in a minimum of 8 unique retreats within the Passage, Pilgrimage, and/or Pathway Years (each year offers 4 unique retreats); written reflection papers (2-3 pages) on each theme book assigned; crafting of a personal rule of life; completion of a ministry application plan for developing spiritual leadership in your broader life, workplace, and/or ministry context; taking the Enneagram, MBTI or similar self awareness tool; and participation in mentor meetings between each retreat (1 hour session in person or on Skype three times each year). Additional $250 per year fee applies.

Application Process

Fill out and submit the online application along with an application essay and $50 application fee.

Cost: $2,450 per year* (fall/spring). Monthly payment plan is available as well as limited scholarship aid. Contact Jeremy Stefano at Jeremy@ltinc.org.

Cost includes overnight lodging and meals, plus onsite printed materials and instruction. Each participant is responsible to acquire approximately four books per year.

*Optional Certificate in Spiritual Leadership, add: $250 per year


Emmaus- MA
Wonderland Conference Center
Sharon, MA

Emmaus Faculty

Jeremy Stefano Photo

Jeremy Stefano
Director of Emmaus


Suz Skinner Photo

Suz Skinner
Spiritual Formation Associate


Stephen Macchia Photo

Stephen Macchia
LTI Founder & President



Currently Enrolling. Apply Now!

Pathway Year: 2019-2020

  • Spiritual Attentiveness: Hearing God Whisper Our Name - Sep 24-26, 2019
  • Spiritual Formation: Role of the Holy Spirit in Life Transformation - Dec 3-5, 2019
  • Spiritual Discernment: The Voice of Jesus - Mar 3-5, 2020
  • Spiritual Community: Seeking God Together - May 5-7, 2020

Passage Year: 2020-2021

  • Spiritual Relinquishment: The Way to Love - Sep TBD, 2020
  • Spiritual Reading: The Gift of the Classics - Dec TBD, 2020
  • Spiritual Guides: The Ministry of Listening - Mar TBD, 2021
  • Spiritual Impact: The Mission of Jesus and His Disciples - May TBD, 2021

Pilgrimage Year: 2021-2022

  • Spiritual Autobiography: The Gift of Being Yourself - Sep TBD, 2021 (Sharon, MA)
  • Spiritual Leadership: Leading Like Jesus - Nov TBD, 2021 (Sharon, MA)
  • Spiritual Practices: Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection - Mar TBD, 2022 (Sharon, MA)
  • Spiritual Renewal: The Joy of Sabbath Rest - May TBD, 2022 (Sharon, MA)
Iain Whitfield shares his experience with Emmaus.

Rowena Day on the gift of community she found in Emmaus.

Dan VanHorne shares about his Emmaus journey in this short video.

Alison Cook talks about the gift of sacred companionship through Emmaus.

Paul Powers on the importance of silence, solitude, and Sabbath.

Rusty Ward Image "The yearly rhythm and format of Emmaus recalibrated my soul toward God, fueled my desire to pursue God and heightened my awareness of God. Emmaus has equipped me to experience more of the fullness and variety that God offers to all who earnestly seek Him. The expertise of the faculty and the experience of the Emmaus program have enabled me to discover and connect with my God, myself and my Emmaus community in levels of awareness and relationship that I truly believe would not have been attainable in other settings. I have laughed and cried more passionately in this safe place than anywhere else, as together we have plumbed the depths and mined the sacred treasures of honesty and vulnerability toward spiritual formation. Emmaus has been nothing short of transformational for me and I will never be the same."

Rusty Ward

Dave Ripper Image "The most important task of spiritual leadership is hearing Jesus. Without his voice, our congregations are only hearing our voices. And that's not saying much. Discerning the voice of Jesus amidst the wordiness of our world is rarely a solitary act. It takes others. But not just any group of people—or even any Christian group of people for that matter—but a listening, unhurried, transforming community. Through LTI's Emmaus Spiritual Leadership Community, I received the gift of being surrounded with trusted voices that enabled me to hear the most trusted Voice when I needed to hear it most. These voices helped silence the blather of fear, so my wife and I could respond fearlessly to the Voice of Love. Our family, our future, our ministry will never be the same."

Dave Ripper
Lead Pastor
Crossway Christian Church
Nashua, New Hampshire

Jeff Schuliger Image "The spiritual friendships I've formed though my involvement with Emmaus have been places of real encouragement—not only for me personally but also as a reminder for what God is doing in the hearts of other church leaders.  One specific way that this community has encouraged me is by reminding me (and softly exhorting me!) to honestly and faithfully lean into who God is calling me to be, which has freed me up to more fully do what God is asking me to do.  Words like freedom, grace, wisdom, rest, authenticity, and joy come to mind as I reflect back upon my experience with Emmaus."

Jeff Schuliger
Elder/Pastoral Team
Hillside Church,
North Vancouver, Canada

"Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. Let him who is not in community beware of being alone. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation, and despair."

-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Emmaus Cohorts
Emmaus 13: 2018-2019 Faculty
Emmaus 13: 2019-2020

Emmaus 12: 2018-2019 Faculty
Emmaus 12: 2018-2019

Emmaus 11: 2017-2018 Faculty
Emmaus 11: 2017-2018

Emmaus 10: 2016-2017 Faculty
Emmaus 10: 2016-2017

Emmaus 9: 2015-2016 Faculty
Emmaus 9: 2015-2016

Emmaus 8: 2014-2015 Faculty
Emmaus 8: 2014-2015

Emmaus 7: 2013-2014
Emmaus 7: 2013-2014

Emmaus 6: 2012-2013
Emmaus 6: 2012-2013

Emmaus (SLC) 5: 2011-2012
Emmaus (SLC) 5: 2011-2012

Emmaus (SLC) 4: 2010-2011
Emmaus (SLC) 4: 2010-2011

Emmaus (SLC) 3: 2009-2010
Emmaus (SLC) 3: 2009-2010

Emmaus(SLC) 2: 2008-2009
Emmaus (SLC) 2: 2008-2009

Emmaus(SLC) 1: 2007-2008
Emmaus (SLC) 1: 2007-2008

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