Application Process

The Living School application is intended to lead you through a process of self-exploration to help determine your expectations and needs, and to clarify the requirements of participation in the Living School program. The entire application process takes place online and could take several hours to complete.

The application includes the following components: assessing your current situation and spiritual journey, general and background information, and understanding of the program. Some questions require short essay responses in 125-250 words or fewer; a personal narrative is requested in 500 words or fewer.

You will be asked to identify two individuals who can provide recommendations in regard to your readiness for the program,. Each recommender will be invited via email invitation to complete an online recommendation form for you. You will also be asked to provide the name of a program witness (accountability agent), someone who, pending your admission to the Living School, is willing and able to be an active presence to your work and studies during the program.

Many who have completed the application process have found it to be a helpful tool in discerning the next steps in their life’s journey, regardless of acceptance into the Living School. An applicant shared, “Another thing that helped . . . was the Living School’s application questions. Many of those questions challenged me to reflect deeply upon key life experiences and led me to an understanding of how those experiences helped form my spiritual character and inclinations.”

Admissions Timeline

Admissions Timeline for the Living School
PROCESS DATES
Application Window Opens July 1
Application Packet Sales End September 16
Application Window Closes September 30
Applications Reviewed January 15
Students Receive Notice of Application Status January 15
Accepted Students Confirm Enrollment By February 28

Admissions Timeline for the Living School
PROCESS DATES
Application Window Opens July 1
Application Packet Sales End September 16
Application Window Closes September 30
Applications Reviewed January 15
Students Receive Notice of Application Status January 15
Accepted Students Confirm Enrollment By February 28

As noted in the timeline above, individuals may apply during a three-month window, July through September, every year. Accepted students begin the Living School program the following year with an online orientation in July and the first on-site Symposium in August.

Application Packet

There is a $50 (USD) non-refundable fee to access the application for the Living School.

The application is completed online and is intended to lead you through a process of self-exploration to help determine your expectations and needs, and to help clarify the requirements of participation in the Living School program.

As an applicant, you will also be able to download the complimentary items listed below to help you in your discernment process and completion of the application. All items are authored or taught by Fr. Richard Rohr.

  • The Foundational Lineage and Themes of the Living School, audio recording (MP3; not sold separately in CAC’s store)
  • Beginner’s Mind, audio recording (MP3)
  • Unitive Consciousness: Beyond Gender, set of short essays (PDF)
  • Exploring and Experiencing The Naked Now, audio recording (MP3)
  • Returning to Essentials: Teaching an Alternative Orthodoxy, audio recording (MP3)

(Total value: $65.00)

Applications are available around July 1 – September 15 each year. Applications for the 2017-2019 program are no longer available for purchase. Applications for the 2018-2020 program will be available beginning June 30, 2017.

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