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Do you seek contemplative grounding and purpose?
Do you long for wisdom elders and companions to share your spiritual journey?
Are you willing to be shaken and changed at your very foundation?

The Living School for Action and Contemplation was launched in 2013 to offer a unique opportunity to a select group of students to deepen engagement with their truest selves and with the world. Through rigorous study and contemplative practice, these students were invited to awaken to the pattern of reality—God’s loving presence with and in all things and embrace a rich heritage of faith from Christian mystical traditions.

The school is currently led by four of the greatest living contemplative teachers, Living School core faculty Richard Rohr, James Finley, Barbara Holmes and Brian McLaren.

Program Overview

The Living School welcomes applicants who are committed to both contemplation and action, who are willing to receive the lessons of darkness and suffering, and who are open to profound transformation and change of consciousness.

The Living School is an “emergent” or para-school, on the edge of the inside; it is not affiliated with any church or institution of higher education. As such, formal degrees or certification are not offered. The reward is the experience itself—learning and practices that can support students’ continued growth as fully human, God-indwelled beings.


The Living School is currently working through an extensive process to update it’s program and curriculum.

Applications will reopen once that process is complete.

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Current Students

If you are a student in the 2022 or 2023 cohorts, please refer to Canvas for specific program details.

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