Other Organizations

Abbey of the Arts

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The Abbey of the Arts is a non-profit founded by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE, OblSB.  It is in part a virtual monastery – existing as an online community through classes, reflections, and resources which integrate contemplative practice and creative expression.  You can also join Christine in person for a variety of retreats and classes through various organizations.. For more information visit the Abbey website.

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Tall Cross The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society transforms higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative/introspective practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society. For more information visit the Center website.

The Center for Spiritual Growth and the Contemplative Life

Tall Cross The Center for Spiritual Growth and the Contemplative Life is an ecumenical community in San Antonio, Texas, seeking God in the world. The staff and volunteers are committed to listening and responding to the spiritual hungers of our times by nurturing spiritual renewal and growth and by cultivating a contemplative stance toward life. They wish to live in harmony with the diversity provided us by God. For more information visit the Center website.

Contemplative Outreach

Contemplative Outreach Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites their international, interdenominational community. For more information visit the website.

Earle, Mary C.

Mary EarleMary Earle is a writer, spiritual director, retreat leader and Episcopal priest. In retirement, her ministry focuses on practices for the spiritual life in sickness and in health, spiritual direction, contemplative prayer, and opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith retreats.

For more information inclduing a list of her books, retreats, workshops, and courses, visit her website.

Grünewald Guild

Tall CrossGrünewald Guild awakens the creative spirit through art, faith, and community. The Guild community gathers and connects people from around the country and the globe, from the hopeful to the accomplished, artists and theologians in everyday clothes who delight in unique talents and a common mission to share their creative spirit with a world seeking nourishment. For more information visit the Guild website.

Lebh Shomea House of Prayer

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Located in Wild Horse Desert, six miles due east of the small South Texas town of Sarita, the purpose of the House of Prayer is to assure a milieu and to furnish a place where a person can go off to at any time in order to be alone and pray. Lebh Shomea stresses the silent listening of the heart - contemplative prayer. For more information, visit the Lebh Shomea website.

Nada Hermitage of the Spiritual Life Institute

Nada HermitageNada Hermitage offers a unique environment for a wilderness retreat in Colorado. Their life is a rhythm of work and play, solitude and togetherness, fast and feast, discipline and wildness, sacrifice and celebration, contemplation and action. Retreatants participate in their monastic rhythms or choose solitude in their own hermitages. They welcome men and women, young and old, married couples and singles, clergy and laypeople, Christians, practitioners of other spiritual traditions, and those without any religious affiliation.

Gardener's House of Prayer retreated as a group at Nada in September 2010 and is considering a second group retreat. Members also make solitary retreats.

For more information, visit the Nada web page and the Spiritual Life Institute website.


Oriental Orthodox Order in the WestMonksworks' Jonathan Montaldo is an internationally recognized writer, editor and retreat director whose work promotes the monastic contemplative tradition vibrant and accessible to those seeking to transform the quality of their everyday lives through the guidance and inspiration of the monk and writer Thomas Merton (1915—1968). Learn more at the website.

Oriental Orthodox Order in the West

Oriental Orthodox Order in the WestThe Oriental Orthodox Order in the West is an order of sages, women and men devoted to the path of wisdom and the spiritual transformation of humanity. Recognizing its ancient roots in the early Christianity of the East, the mission of the Order is to manifest the inner wisdom tradition of the Christian faith in its fullness, and to gather into communities of support those individuals who are making their journey into the experience of mystical Christianity. Learn more at the website.


Praxis RiverStone is a group of ecumenical Christians working to create a retreat center in the Austin, Texas, area that will offer quiet and renewal and promote personal transformation and meaningful social engagement arising from contemplative prayer. In addition, the group envisions cultivating a small resident community that will support the activities of the Center and will be living proof that a life embodying the Gospel values of neighborly love, simplicity and joy is still possible in today's world. For more information, visit the website.

Praxis: The Christian Contemplative Tradition


Praxis publishes and manufactures quality materials, texts and resources for the contemporary spiritual seeker. Since the community’s small beginning over a decade ago, it has grown to publish books, educational materials, and manuals for study and reflection. The staff also offers periodic retreats and seminars at their north Texas location in Telephone as well as throughout Texas and the U.S. For more information, visit the Praxis website.

Santuario Sisterfarm

St. Mark'sSantuario Sisterfarm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by Latinas of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands and Dominican Sisters. Located in the Texas Hill Country and rooted in the rich multicultural legacy of the Borderlands, Santuario Sisterfarm is dedicated to cultivating biodiversity and cultural diversity—and living in right relationship with the whole Earth community. For more information, visit the website.

School of Wisdom and Practical Spirituality of St Mark’s Episcopal Church

St. Mark's

Located in San Marcos, Texas, the school offers various classes to broaden one’s faith and deepen the seeker’s relationship with God. Classes are offered on a semester basis, beginning in September and January. For more information, visit the School’s web page.

Spirituality & Practice

LogoThe Spirituality & Practice website is devoted to resources for spiritual journeys. The site's name reflects a basic understanding: spirituality and practice are the two places where all the world's religions and spiritual paths come together. With respect for the differences among them, the site celebrates what they have in common.

The Threshold – A Place of Prayer

LogoThe Threshold provides a setting, an opportunity and an invitation to their life of prayer in the high plains and desert mountains of far West Texas. Its rural isolation offers dramatic views of God’s unspoiled creation; stillness, silence, and contemplation in the star filled night skies and sunny days.

For more information, please visit the website.

Viva Arts, Books, Cafe


For over 30 years, Viva has carried a vast array of diverse books with an emphasis on spirituality and religious education and enriched the San Antonio community by offering a variety of Events.

Way of the Wolf Retreat Center

Way of the Wolf Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, surrounded by the beauty of Creation, the ranch in Fredricksburg provides a welcoming and peaceful place to retreat from the noise and clamor of daily life. Comfortable lodging and a beautiful chapel welcome you. If one desires, spiritual direction by a Shalem Institute trained spiritual director is available. Self-directed and group retreats offered. For more information, visit the Center's website.

The World Community for Christian Meditation

Way of the Wolf The World Community for Christian Meditation took form as a global spiritual community in 1991 and continues the 30-year-long work begun by the Benedictine monk John Main. His legacy is found in his teaching Christian meditation as part of the great work of our time of restoring the contemplation dimension of Christian faith in the life of the church. For more information, visit the Community's website.

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