CTS Spiritual Formation

Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life

April 19–22, 2020AdultContinuing Education
A Columbia Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Program
This event has been canceled until further notice.

Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life is for those seeking to cultivate a more meaningful life with the triune God. The retreat provides grounding in Old and New Testament spirituality, monastic spirituality, and introduces classic spiritual practices. Guided meditative journaling, a creative process for life review and preparation for writing a spiritual autobiography will be used throughout the course. The schedule includes small group conversations as well as space for personal prayer and reflection.

Participants are encouraged to begin preparation for the retreat 1-2 months in advance by reflectively reading and then writing a one-page reflection on each of the following books:

  • Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, 2014 newly revised edition by Marjorie Thompson
  • Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries by Gerald L. Sittser

Detailed reading and writing guidelines will be provided upon registration.

This is the foundational course for the Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Credit toward the certificate will be given to all who complete the pre-and post-retreat reading and writing assignments in addition to participating in the retreat.



This program is offered as part of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary and serves as course credit. Anyone interested in the course is welcome, but must also register through Columbia Seminary.

Rates below include conference fee only. Housing and meals are not included.

  • Program fee: $390 per person

Questions regarding conference registration? Please contact lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu.

Refund Policy

Refunds for program fee are subject to the policies of the Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.


Rates are per person and include all room and meal charges for the entire conference (Sunday supper to Wednesday lunch). No adjustments to package will be made except for extended stay.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $349.50
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $222.00 per person ($444.00 Total)
Check-in/Check-out Times
  • Housing Check-in: Sunday, April 19, 2020 AFTER 3:00 pm
  • Housing Check-out: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 BEFORE 11:00 am
Refund Policy

Refunds for housing in Assembly Inn will be awarded in the following ways: Full refund if notice of cancellation is received on or before March 8; full refund less $40 if notice of cancellation is received after March 8, but before April 9; no refunds will be given after April 12; all requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Montreat Conference Center via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Questions about Housing and Meals?

If you have any questions about housing and meal reservations, please email SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.


The course will begin at 5:30 on Sunday, April 19 and conclude Wednesday, April 22 at 12 noon.

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