There is no great outer work without great inner work. Our courses cultivate both.

Second Breath’s programming is centered on a critical shift: helping you activate the intelligence of the mind, heart and body so that you can move in the direction of your heart’s longing. You’ll gain a transformative kind of wisdom based on a nuanced, fresh and expansive expression of Christian spirituality — one that provides a roadmap to living freely and fully. And more importantly, we’ll empower you with a toolbox of spiritual practices that help bring about a powerful transformation: What you come to understand in your mind drops into your heart. This shift changes the way you understand and experience daily life, allowing you to invest your life’s energy in more meaningful ways.

Ways to participate

We offer programs in person at our Greensboro, NC campus as well as online. For some courses, facilitator kits are available for small group learning at your location.

Learn more about current on-campus offerings.

Learn more about current online offerings.

4 Core Courses that build the foundation for living freely and fully

The transformative impact of the Second Breath curriculum is best experienced by moving through our four core courses over time. Journeying through this curriculum will bring about a shift in perspective and a new, more peaceful and purposeful way of living. SB1: The Inward Journey of Faith is a prerequisite to taking any of our other core classes — SB2: Practicing Presence, SB3: Deep Healing and SB4: The Outward Journey of Service. SB2, SB3 and SB4 may be taken in any order, however we recommend moving through the program in the following sequence.

SB1: The Inward Journey of Faith

This class invites us to experience what Jesus described as a life of fullness and meaning. We will explore how the lenses and paradigms that we inherit from our culture and upbringing keep us stuck. Featuring the wisdom of ancient spirituality, psychology, sociology and cosmology along with an extensive toolbox of practices, this course blends the inward journey of personal transformation with the outward journey of service in the world. Learn more

SB2: Practicing Presence

Often our cultural context emphasizes intellectual understanding to the detriment of the heart and body. As a result, many people can describe their spiritual beliefs, but do not experience joy, freedom and fullness of life. This class creates space to make a shift from an intellectual belief system to actual inner experience by activating the three centers of intelligence — grounded body, open heart, clear mind — and increasing our capacity to serve as instruments of God’s compassion. Learn more

SB3: Deep Healing

Deepen your inner journey of personal awakening by becoming more whole. We’ll take a deeper dive into some of the practices learned in the first year and introduce new practices that awaken our heart’s true desires. Our time together includes breathwork, the Enneagram, shadow work, self-compassion and a variety of small group exercises. In creating a safe space to embrace the orphaned parts within, we free ourselves and experience the tenderness there. The goal: a more authentic and integrated self with the hope that you are led to live a more compassionate life towards self and neighbor. Learn more

SB4: The Outward Journey of Service

This class is about discerning your call at your current stage of life. Through reflection, exploration of our gifts, engagement of spiritual practices, and dialogue, we ask: What is the particular piece of God’s dream that has been specifically entrusted to me? What has my entire life, to this point, prepared me for? The work of this class will enable you to live more freely and fully, with purpose and meaning in the world. Learn more

Companion Programs

Second Breath offers a variety of transformative companion courses to support your journey and personal growth. Learn more or enroll.

An Introduction to the Inward Journey of Faith Talk there is no great outer work without great inner work ENROLL

Prayerful Yoga meeting our bodies, minds, Spirits with where they are ENROLL

Contemplative Prayer taking three deep breaths and then entering into silence together for twenty minutes ENROLL

Divine Mystery as Mother experiencing God as the mysterious feminine—full of grace ENROLL

Writing from the Heart taking time to write from the deepest understanding of our lives ENROLL

Sacred Activism: Being Present to Children in Poverty working together to support and with children in poverty. ENROLL

Second Saturdays for Spiritual Practice coming together in community to engage in spiritual practices ENROLL

Fourth Saturdays for Healing Breath Community participating in a Healing Breath session in community ENROLL

Retreats, Conferences and Workshops


Join Second Breath for retreats, conferences and workshops — typically held at our center in Greensboro, NC. Learn more on the pages below or enroll.

Second Breath Inward Presence Process Workshop with the Rev. Greg Farrand and Dr. Ruth D. Anderson.  A 2 ½ day workshop focused on experiencing a nuanced, fresh and expansive understanding and embodiment of Christian spirituality with emphasis on spiritual practices in the Christian wisdom tradition.

Enneagram Workshop with Summer Estes, MA, NCC, LPC.  The Enneagram, an ancient symbol with modern psychological roots, provides a map of nine distinct personality types, revealing insights into our deepest motivations, fear and desires. The Enneagram shows us the precise ways we brace against our life and the strategies for opening up to new life.

Healing Breath Retreat is a 1 ½ day experience designed as a deep dive into the powerful Healing Breath modality.

Healing Breath Workshop is a three hour experience designed to introduce both new and experienced participants to the powerful Healing Breath modality.

After a forty year career of guiding adults through growth experiences, I was startled, delighted and touched deeply by the powerful mix of tools used by Second Breath faculty. This includes contemplative spiritual practices, small groups and content from current psychological perspectives, all designed to guide us on our own life journeys.

David L. DeVries, PhD, Founding Member and Honorary Senior Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership

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