Academies and Faculty

The Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation has been meeting in Arizona since 1995. 

Each Academy session organizes around a unique set of themes for the week’s presentations, and each individual presenter shares from their vocational and personal experiences.

  • October, 2017 – Word, Silence, Window
    • Rabbi Chava Bahle
    • Dr. Luther E. Smith Jr
  • October, 2015 – Rooted In The Wind
    • Rev. Gina Campbell
    • Ray Buckley
  • October, 2013 – Space for Grace: Nurturing the holy fire
    • Sr. Dawn Annette Mills, “Making Space For God”
    • Rev. Daniel Wolpert, “Exploring Contemplative Space: A Journey Into Reality”
  • October, 2011 – Seeds of Hope: A Desert Journey
    • Rabbi David Horowitz, “Slogging Through A Spiritual Wilderness: Understanding God Through Hebrew Text and Ritual”
    • Dr. Amy Oden, “Life In The Desert: Wisdom from the Journeys of the Desert Mothers and Fathers.
  • February, 2010 –  Weaving Generous Spirits
    • Dr. M Thomas Thangaraj, “Spirituality for Interfaith Hospitality”
    • Linda R. Douty, “The Authentic Spiritual Journey: Path from the Heart to the Hands”
  • October, 2007 – Water in the Desert
    • Dr. Loyd Allen, “The History of Christian Spirituality”
    • Dr. Kathryn Damiano, “Spiritual Practices for Turbulent Times”
  • October, 2005 – God’s Call to Courageous Faithfulness
    • Rev. Jane Vennard, “Becoming Spiritual Leaders”
    • Rabbi David M. Horowitz, “Hebrew Spirituality”
  • October, 2003 – Come To The Waters
    • Wes Howard-Brook, “Becoming Children of God: the Call to Discipleship in the Gospel of John”
    • Sr. Joann Heinritz, “Experiments in Prayer and Meditation”
  • October, 2001 – Many Paths… One Journey
    • Sr. Jose Hobday, “Native American Culture and Friends”
    • Dr. Robert Jonas, “Buddhist-Christian Dialogue”
  • November, 1999 – Healing and Hope in the Desert
    • Rev. Flora Slosson Wuellner
    • Rev. Charles Gibson
  • October, 1997 – Streams in the Desert
    • Roberta Bondi, “Desert Spirituality: What We Can Learn from the Desert Fathers and Mothers”
  • October, 1995 – Following the Spiritual Path
    • Marjorie Thompson, “Spiritual Disciplines”
    • Dr. Richard Eslinger