Living School FAQs

How do I apply to the Living School?

To apply to the Living School, follow the steps here.

What is the application deadline? How do I find out if I’ve been accepted?

The Living School accepts applications from July 1 to September 30 each year. Prospective students can order application packets until September 16. Applicants will receive notice of their application status in mid-January. Applicants will not be notified during the review process, nor should an applicant inquire about their status during this period. To see the exact dates of the application process click here.

What are the ideal criteria for a prospective student?

Please visit our Discernment Steps page to see the ideal criteria for a prospective student.

Do I have to be a certain age to apply?

Students who fit the ideal criteria will be given preference regardless of age or religious background.

Do I have to be a Christian to be a student?

Students who fit the ideal criteria will be given preference regardless of age or religious background.

When does the Living School start?

The school year begins in July with an on-line orientation, followed in August with a symposium. Students must attend all of the symposia during their two-year tenure at the Living School.

What is the general format of the courses?

The general format of the courses is a mixture of educational disciplines. Since each course is tailored to the subject matter, the best descriptors are these disciplines. Click here to review the Living School educational disciplines.

What are the dates of the annual symposia and the small-group intensive? Are students required to be on-site for both?

Students are required to attend both the annual symposia and the small-group intensive. Click here to view the Program Calendar.

How much work is required during the Living School?

Living School students can expect an average of 35 hours a month when they are at-home. When students are on-site they can expect full days (10-12 hours). Learn more about at-home study and on-site sessions.

Do I have to study on-site to enroll in the Living School? Can I participate entirely online?

The Living School’s two-year program is an intentional combination of on-site study (New Mexico-based sessions) and at-home study (online). This maximizes the relationship between personal and communal practice and study. It also reflects the latest industry findings that a combined learning model is most effective for programs like ours. For these reasons, students in the two-year program are required to attend all on-site sessions (the small-group intensive and the three annual symposia). See the Living School Program Details for more information. If you determine that you cannot participate in the Living School’s two-year program, you may be interested in taking self-paced, individual online courses. Learn more about Online Education here.

How many students will attend the Living School?

The Living School will admit an average of 180 to 200 students per cohort for a total maximum enrollment of between 540 to 600 students who will be active in various stages of the program.

Is there financial assistance for Living School tuition and travel expenses?

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from their local support networks for tuition and travel expenses. Students may apply for limited tuition assistance once they have been accepted into the Living School. Assistance is granted based on financial need. Click here to see the tuition assistance form.

Is spiritual direction a part of the program?

The Living School finds inherent value in spiritual direction. Two spiritual directors are available during each symposium and on-site intensive for an additional fee. Students are highly encouraged to be in spiritual direction in their local community. Visit Spiritual Directors International to find a spiritual director in your area.

Will room and board be provided during the on-site sessions?

Students will be responsible for paying for their lodging during all on-site sessions. We will ensure that students have access to the lowest room rates possible at area retreat centers or hotels. Students will be given details about local lodging options after their acceptance. During the intensives, all meals will be included. At the Symposia, daily breakfast and lunch and one dinner are covered by the Living School tuition fees. Students will pay for all other dinners during the symposium. There are a number of grocery stores and restaurants in close driving proximity to the campus/venue.

Will I need a vehicle during the on-site sessions?

Students will not need a vehicle during the annual symposia or the intensives; everything will be available on-site.

What are the Living School’s technology requirements?

Students will need reliable access to a computer that meets these requirements for the online courses taken during the at-home portions of the program.

Will Living School students have access to Fr. Richard and other faculty?

Students will learn directly from Fr. Rohr and other faculty in small and large learning environments. Both the small-group intensive and the annual symposia provide students with opportunities to learn in person with Fr. Richard, other core faculty, invited teachers, CAC staff, and fellow students. One-on-one time should not be expected with any of the faculty.

I am interested in teaching at the Living School. Are there openings for teaching positions?

Teaching at the Living School is an invitational process intended to serve the larger curricular emphasis of our program. Leading the School’s cutting-edge curriculum is a group of world-renowned ecumenical leaders with whom we have established a relationship for the first three to five years of the program’s operation. These teachers bear witness to the Christian voice of universal awakening, grounded firmly within its mystical and transformational tradition. As knowledge-makers, rather than focus on developing expertise around one worthy subject, each teacher is a synthesizer who has brought together several realms of knowledge in a holistic way that speaks to this universal perspective. Each is a pioneer in opening Christianity to a broader and more inclusive theological vision. This is the focus of the Living School curriculum and we think many people will agree that this roster of knowledge-makers offers rare access for the most mature students—including other teachers and ministers. It creates an opportunity to learn at a deeper, more spacious level that ultimately builds a greater capacity for compassionate action in the world. Our hope is that individuals who consider themselves candidates for teaching positions at the Living School would consider joining the School as a student first.

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