Recommended Courses, Offered by Our Partner Organizations

The Science of Happiness

Led by Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas
Hosted by The Greater Good Science Center
Self-paced course now through May 2015

Since it first launched in September, more than 200,000 students have registered for this course. Participants learn research-tested practices that foster social and emotional well-being. For more information and to register, visit the Greater Good Science Center site.

Creating Sanctuary for Ourselves and Others

Led by Terry Hershey, Patricia Campbell Carlson
Hosted by Spirituality & Practice
May 18 - June 12, 2015

This e-course offers you an opportunity to bask in the gift of places that replenish you, to foster creative new ideas about how to design a sanctuary, and to receive inspiration for offering sanctuary to others. For more information please visit the Spirituality & Practice site.

On-Demand Gratefulness E-courses Available

Br. David Steindl-Rast talking into a microphoneAwakening to Gratefulness

An Online Retreat led by Br. David Steindl-Rast and
Patricia Campbell Carlson

In August 2011, Br. David Steindl-Rast gave some of his clearest, most inspired teachings about the practice of grateful living to a group of 85 people who cruised with him through Alaska’s Inside Passage.  Our staff and volunteers at A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) were fortunate to capture these talks on film to share with you in the form of webinars. 

For $25.00, we will send you eight class sessions with nine accompanying video links of Br. David's first day of talks (he gave a series of four talks on the ship) -- the equivalent of a four-week online course.  You can treat these sessions as an independent study, going at your own pace.  Contact us if you have any questions.

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Interested in more?  "Awakening to Gratefulness" is the prelude to Br. David's teachings on the Divine Virtues, based on the second, third, and fourth days of his Alaska cruise lectures, all done in conjuction with and available through Spirituality & Practice:

Trusting in Life (Faith) - available on demand
Engaging Hope (Hope) - available on demand
Choosing to Love (Love) - available on demand

Dale Biron standing in front of treesPoetry of Gratefulness
with Dale Biron

“Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” writes Robert Frost. Who could refuse either? And it’s all the better when the delight comes in the form of a month-long feast of delicious poems with the expert guidance of life-coach and teacher Dale Biron.

Immerse yourself in the lively images of Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Stafford, Derek Walcott, Wislawa Szymborska, and other great poets who open to us a world of wonder -- a world of gratefulness.

This e-course, originally offered in July and August 2013, is now available on demand. The course has been life-changing for many participants. For $29.95 we will send you five lessons that include: Dale’s message, a featured poem, a featured quote, an optional practice, and links to call recordings, PowerPoints and additional poems.

You can treat these sessions as an independent study, going at your own pace; they're also excellent for group discussion. Contact us if you have any questions.

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Fra Angelica angelsLiving the Hours
An Online Retreat led by Patricia Carlson, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Living the Hours is a retreat based on the monastic tradition of marking  nuances of dawn, day, dusk, and dark with prayer. Retreat sessions, delivered right to your email inbox, explore how this ancient Christian practice can be made universal and can enhance our lives in today's fast-paced world. You choose the start date and the frequency with which you would like to receive the sessions, based on what was originally a six-week format.  Chaplains can receive six continuing education hours for this course. Sign-up & info

Lynn TrojahnGratefulness and Generosity
A Webinar with Lynn Trojahn

Gratefulness is the heart of generosity. When we fully appreciate the bounty in our own lives, we develop the capacity to contribute generously to the well-being of others.

This e-course was originally led in December 2012 by one of the gems of the philanthropic world, Lynn Trojahn, board member of A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L), Chair of ANG*L's Development Committee, and Vice President of Advancement for Accion New Mexico • Arizona • Colorado, an award-winning non-profit that empowers people to be catalysts for positive change - one small business at a time. Now available on demand, the course explores:

* The context of money in our lives: how we look at money and nonprofits.
* Generosity in our lives: how important it is to joyously contribute to what we care about and how to bring others on board with our passion.
* Generosity from the macro to the micro: how philanthropy affects the world and the U.S.

For $25.00, we will send you three class sessions with accompanying articles plus recordings of three teleconferences with Lynn -- the equivalent of a three-week course.  You can treat them as an independent study and go at your own pace.  Contact us if you have any questions.

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Practicing Spirituality with Brother David Steindl-RastPracticing Spirituality
texts by Br. David Steindl-Rast

This 40-day e-course, available on demand, delves into the teachings of Benedictine monk Br. David Steindl-Rast, a leader in the contemplative movement and the cofounder/advisor of ANG*L. Every weekday, participants receive an email containing a brief passage from one of Br. David's books and a suggestion on how to practice that thought during the day. Included are his teachings on the value of interreligious dialogue, the significance of faith, the benefits of living a sacramental life, the playfulness and meaning of proverbs and parables, the practices that can help us to reverence the many moments of mystery and grace in each day, the importance of the listening heart, the challenges of reading the world spiritually, and the creation of imaginative ways to deal with the surprises of everyday living. On each weekend, course lessons tap into other sides of Br. David's creativity through his poetry and videos. This course ran live from January 10-February 18, 2011. Now it's available on-demand:


See these additional e-courses, available from our partner site,
Spirituality & Practice.