Our curriculum is broken up into six themes. The six themes will be taught during the six retreats in the order that is most appropriate for each cohort. The general themes can be explored below.
ARCHITECTURE OF THE SOUL
A comprehensive overview of caring for the soul using historical, theological and practical insights to aid in a practice of soul care.
Overview of the two-year experience
What is soul care and how do we care for the soul?
Surveying ancient models of soul care
Understanding the Jesus Way; developing a rhythm for life
Exploring the tools for soul care; classical spiritual exercises used in soul care
Soul friends; the role of community and spiritual friendship
exploring soul identity through the enneagram
The journey of transformation with the Enneagram.
A deep look into the Enneagram
Understanding our instinctual, emotional and intellectual center
Introduction into the True Self-False Self dynamic
Discovering a “Self to Lose and a Self to Find"
Encouraging the Real You in work and ministry
Soul Care as a catalyst for transformation
Understanding the transformation process; how change happens in one’s life.
How does a person really change?
Spiritual growth vs. inner change
How is the soul renovated? Understanding the process
Practices that create the climate for transformation
Investigating illusions of how people change
The role of the Holy Spirit
Exploring common obstacles to transformation
becoming who you are
The movement from image management to our core identity as the beloved of God.
The deeper journey into exploring the True Self-False Self dynamics of the soul
Choosing to become the Real You
Being and becoming the Beloved
Mapping the journey
Understanding the importance of limits and capacity
Critical Issues in Offering Care of the Soul
Exploring the critical issues the soul encounters as we live on this side of heaven
Evil, suffering and pain—exploring the unholy trinity
Understanding the importance of lament in the care of your soul
Sexuality and brokenness
The body-soul connection
Brokenness, disillusionment (shattered dreams) and despair
Hot topics and soul care
Integrating the Care of Your Soul with the World
Incorporating the Care of Your Soul with Living Care-Fully in a Care-Less World
The active contemplative
Discerning your true vocation and calling
Developing a manual/field guide for life and work
Developing your rule of life
When spirituality collides with reality
Exploring the intersection of soul and world
Engaging the great needs of today with your soul’s delight
For the sake of others—helping others