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 and facilitator kits.

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.

Contemplative Prayer, taking three deep, intentional breaths and then entering the silence together for 20 minutes.

Creating Your Sacred Space, working with classic design elements and using all of the senses to design your own peaceful, enchanting space.

Prayerful Yoga, meeting our bodies, minds and spirits right where they are.

Sacred Activism: Being Present to Children in Poverty, working together to support and be with children living in poverty. No fee.

Mutual Awakening, a class based on the Mutual Awakening practice.

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.

“Breath as a Pathway to Presence” Healing Breath Retreat, experience the transformative power of healing breath and discover how breath is the key to personal transformation.

Money: From Cultural Addiction to Spiritual Freedom Weekend Workshop, examining our relationship with money and how our patterns of earning, spending and giving away money offer an intriguing insight into our minds, hearts and acts of service.

The Radical Wholeness National Conference, featuring Philip Shepherd, author of Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being. Includes conference companions Wisdom of the Body (Free public lecture) and Radical Wholeness Workshop.

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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