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 around July 1 to September 30 each year. Prospective students can order application packets July 1 through September 15. Applicants will receive notice of their application status at the beginning of February. 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?

Adults who fit the ideal criteria will be given preference regardless of age.

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

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

When does the Living School start?

The school year begins in July with an online orientation, followed by a symposium in late July or August. Students must attend all three 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 disciplines. An outline of the units for the school covers can be reviewed here.

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 three annual symposia and one onsite 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 intensive and 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 165 students per cohort for a maximum enrollment of approximately 500 students who will be active in various stages of the program.

How much time is required (travel and at home)?

In addition to the recommended 35 hours a month for online course work, study, and contemplative practice, several days will be spent on-site in Albuquerque. Click here to see an estimate of travel time required.

What is the estimated cost of the program, including travel, accommodation, and meals not covered by tuition?

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 within the Living School Application. All scholarship decisions are made after students are accepted. Assistance is granted based on financial need.

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 a few months before each symposia and intensive. During the intensives, all meals will be included. At the symposia, the Living School tuition fees cover daily breakfast and lunch and one dinner. 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 Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and James Finley in small and large learning environments. Both the intensive and the annual symposia provide students with opportunities to learn in person with core faculty, invited teachers, CAC staff, and fellow students. One-on-one time should not be expected with any of the faculty.

I have read all of the information on your website, but my question is still unanswered. How do I contact the Living School?

If you are unable to find the information you’re seeking elsewhere on the Living School web pages, you may send your question via email to livschooladmissions@cac.org. Please allow up to three business days for a response.
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