Spiritual contemplation and community.


For over 30 years, Second Breath has been welcoming individuals of diverse faith traditions and no faith tradition to journey the path of contemplatives. We believe that you are wonderfully made – and our school is here to support you in living fully and freely.


In Spring 2024, join us for a workshop or course grounded in teachings from the spiritual mystics of the Christian Wisdom Tradition, and latest peer-reviewed scientific research to help you explore and expand the life you are living.


Meditation in Motion: Marking the Spring Equinox on the Labyrinth
SATURDAY, March 16, 2024 | Join us for this experiential workshop and cultivate the gifts of serenity, creative inspiration, and connection to Spirit. Explore the history of labyrinths and learn why they are the perfect container for meditative walking. Our time together will allow for periods of walking a painted canvas labyrinth and quiet reflection.
Sacred Creation: Savoring Food and Re-Examining Our Food Systems
SATURDAY, March 23, 2024 | What if, instead of viewing food as a commodity that comes in a package, we viewed food as the incredible gift of aliveness that it is? In this half-day workshop, you’re invited to experience a paradigm shift in your relationship to food; one grounded in appreciation of Nature’s abundance, awareness of our role in the symbiotic relationship between Earth and human food systems, and reverence for the gift of aliveness food can offer. This workshop is facilitated by Rev. Susan Gladin, founder of Down Yonder Farm.
Eastern Modalities: Exploring the Practice of Reiki
SATURDAY, April 13, 2024 | Research shows that ancient practice of reiki activates the parasympathetic nervous system to support physical and emotional wellness. This workshop is for those curious to explore Eastern modalities and in need of restorative care. It’s offered freely by Second Breath alumna Beverly Vaughan, PhD.


You Are Not Alone: Loving Someone Who Struggles with Addiction [Virtual]
WEDNESDAYS, February 28 - April 3, 2024 | Join us for a virtual spiritual practice circle, facilitated by Kathleen Donohue and Nancy Spencer. Walk alongside others who are traveling the difficult road of loving someone with addiction, and experiencing the effects of this disease in the life of their family or friends. Discover the companionship and hope that can arise from contemplative practice and community.
Exploring the New Creation: Engaging the Nine Practices of Jesus
THURSDAYS, February 29 - April 18, 2024 | This course, grounded in research of Yale biblical scholar Paul Minear, explores nine practices Jesus taught his innermost disciples. They're tools for exploring your own behavior, and for deepening a conscious awareness of how Spirit operates in the world around us. Facilitated by Curt Shaw.
Radical Jesus
TUESDAYS, March 12 - May 7, 2024 | Radical Jesus is a course that focuses on: who Jesus is, what his ministry is about, and what it means to follow him in our day. We will talk about the essence of Jesus message, why he was put to death and how we can hear his call in our lives. Come open and prepared to learn about a Jesus who demonstrates in the word and deed what a new way of life looks like! Facilitated by Frank Dew.
Women’s Wisdom Circle
THURSDAYS, April 4 - May 16, 2024 |  This wisdom circle will provide space to gather and welcome greater self awareness, deeper connection with one another and ourselves while relying on Spirit. Our intention of being together in new ways will provide an opportunity for women to hear their own voices, the voices of other women and perhaps the inner voice of love that abides in us all. Facilitated by Ashley McCarthy.


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The Inward Journey includes keystone teachings and practices developed to help you move toward a life of greater meaning and aliveness.


This path creates the space for you to ask questions such as:

  • How does my culture and my ego impact my choices?
  • How do I cultivate a loving relationship with all that arises each day?
  • What is my purpose for being on planet earth?
  • What would my life look like if I co-created with the Divine dwelling within me?

If you are asking these questions and have 1.5-5 hours a week to dedicate to deeply listening to your life, this path may be a good fit. All students are invited to meet with a personalized Second Breath coach at the end of their course.

The Inward Journey: Self-Guided Experience


A weekly reflection and guided audio spiritual practice delivered to your inbox every Tuesday.