Sabbatical Planning & Coaching

Dear Friend,

Your Sabbatical is a gift from God and an amazing opportunity; the gift of rest. Sabbatical coaching can help you make the best use of this wonderful gift.

The word Sabbatical comes from Sabbath – so your time should be restful above all else. It’s amazing how quickly we default to some form of productivity even when we try to rest. We can help you craft an intentional process, customized to you, aimed at making the most of a truly life-giving, restful, and renewing experience.

Fill out the below form for an introductory Sabbatical coaching session with me. In the introductory session, we will have the chance to get acquainted with one another and start exploring together what you’re looking for in your Sabbatical.



Jeremy Stefano

Sabbatical Coach

Introductory Sabbatical Planning Session

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Sabbatical Coaching Sessions

In your session(s) topics such as the following could be explored:

    • Considerations prior to and/or concluding a sabbatical
    • Understanding key elements of a sabbatical experience
    • Exploring how to be on sabbatical and why that may be hard
    • The function of spiritual practices during a sabbatical
    • Spiritual direction as a support to your sabbatical process
Further sessions may be scheduled as desired for a deeper exploration of any of these matters. 

More Resources

DIY Retreat: Interested in getting away for a day on silent retreat during your Sabbatical but don’t know what to do or how to structure the time? Check out these downloadable retreat resources that will help you make the most of a half-day or full-day retreat on your own or with your team.

Jeremy Stefano

Director of Emmaus, Director of Abide, & Minister of Spiritual Formation

Jeremy offers spiritual direction, leads retreats, teaches on spiritual formation topics and serves as the director of Emmaus, a Certificate Program in Formational Leadership, and Abide, a Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation. He also works with students of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary at the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building. The heartbeat of Jeremy’s calling is to encourage Christian leaders in the cultivation of their relationship with God. He has served various churches as pastor and interim pastor. He and Bethany, his wife of 35 years, have been blessed with eight children and five grandchildren. They make their home in Massachusetts. He has a Licentiate in Theology from the Cape Town Baptist Seminary in South Africa, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Regent College in Canada and a D.Min. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary in Portland, OR. “Friendships have been a source of grace in my life. It is a gift to serve in LTI alongside those who value the priority of rich and enduring relationships with each other.

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Mitzi Mak

Selah-West Faculty

Mitzi started her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband Jerry then served cross-culturally for ten+ years, living abroad first in India and then Kurdistan, N. Iraq. In addition to being a Spiritual Director, she now serves as a Formation and Care pastor in her local church in Houston, TX. She has graduated from LTI’s Selah Spiritual Direction training as well as LTI’s Emmaus Formational Leadership Program.

Mitzi enjoys engaging conversation, reading fiction, doing jigsaw/crossword puzzles, ocean gazing and exploring the world with Jerry through food and travel.

God has two main callings in Mitzi’s life: to care for those who care for others and to be a guide in helping others have a healthy relationship with the Trinity – recognizing God’s loving presence and activity in their lives and how to faithfully respond.

Selah was a transformative experience for me – allowing the contemplative within to emerge and to beautifully co-exist with my extraverted personality.