• Program VI Spiritual Formation graduates and staff.

    Fostering Christian Spiritual Formation

    Program VI Spiritual Formation graduates and staff.

Grace Institute for Spiritual Formation

Grace Institute for Spiritual Formation provides immersion in core Christian spiritual practices and small group leadership for individual and congregational renewal.

Eight quarterly retreats are held over two years, all at Shalom Spirituality Center, Dubuque, IA.

Participants can register using the online application as individuals or with a group from their congregation through the Congregational Transformation Program.

Total cost of the program, $2450.00 per person, includes meals, lodging and programming for all 8 retreats, payable over 3 years, 2015-2017.

Grace Institute log


On May 1-3, 2016, Brad Hanson will lead a ​Spiritual Pause Retreat at the Shalom Spirituality Center in Dubuque, IA on his 2014 book Spirituality and Your Life Story. Purchase the book and read chapters 1 and 2 prior to the retreat. The remainder of the book will be read during the retreat. Chapters are:

  • Our Spiritual Journey
  • Our Childhood Story and Spirituality
  • The Success Story
  • The Romantic Love Story
  • Friendship Stories
  • Stories of Revenge, Apology, and Forgiveness
  • Spirituality and the Migration Story
  • Stories of Loss
  • A Master Story

Check-in at Shalom Spirituality Center begins at 3:00​ p.m. May 1; the retreat will end by 3:00 p.m. May 3. The cost of $275 includes meals, lodging and program. Spiritual Pause participants will have discussion sessions with Brad Hanson and will join the Grace Institute participants for worship and meals. Worship for this session will be led by Marty Haugen and Susan Briehl. Questions? Contact [email protected]