We offer special online retreats led by experienced teachers.

Dale Biron smiling in a nature settingPoetry 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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Brother David Steindl-Rast talking at a microphone in AlaskaAwakening 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:

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

Angels Living 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: Sign-up & info

three purple blossomsPracticing the Divine Virtues
A three-part series
with Br. David Steindl-Rast

Grateful living as a valid spiritual practice opens the door to what in the Christian tradition have been called the three “Divine Virtues.” They are good habits that have become second nature and connect us to the deepest reality of life, the divine spark within us. These three virtues – attitudes towards life, really – are faith, hope, and love. You find them in all traditions.

According to Br. David, the grateful person grows into these basic virtues. And why? In order to be grateful you have to entrust yourself to life. If you don’t trust life, you will always say, “Who knows, is that really a good gift? Maybe it is a trick with strings attached.” As long as you have this fearful attitude, you cannot really be grateful.

In this series of e-courses, drawn from Br. David’s talks on a cruise to Alaska in August, 2011, we share film footage of his three talks on the Divine Virtues. Two courses are currently available on-demand; you can schedule your own start date and frequency (daily, three times a week, twice a week, weekly).  The third is now being held live and will be available on demand in a few months.

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

Please see also "Awakening to Gratefulness" -- the prelude to these three courses -- described above.

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