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We are pleased to announce a recent grant award from the 1440 Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The mission of 1440 is to support programs and best practices that cultivate authentic relationship skills in education, wellness, and the workplace. Grant funds were give to the Center for Engaged Compassion to promote the Triptykos School of Compassion. We are grateful for the award. You can read the 1440 announcement here.

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Frank Rogers and Mark Yaconelli have written a powerful article for Red Letter Christians that captures the central ideas and teaching of Triptykos School of Compassion. You can read it here.

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Come Home: A Retreat in the Mountains SOLD OUT!

by Facilitator on June 11, 2013

Frank Rogers, Nancy Linton, and Doug Frank have spent the past seven years leading a beautiful retreat up in the Cascade mountains here in Southern Oregon.  You live in cabins, spend mornings in silence, and Frank Rogers leads powerful spiritual exercises that help you recover your sense of God and self.  There are two retreat sessions, the dates are June 22-28 and August 3-9, 2013.  These retreats sell out each year, so if you’re interested register here. ALL RETREATS SOLD OUT FOR 2013

Here’s the description:

The world moves at an inhuman pace, compelling us to move with it.  We have too little time for remembering the spirit that brought us to our place of work or study, too few opportunities for replenishing the inner resources upon which the genuine expression of our gifts depends.  Before we know it, we are living at the surface, running on empty.  Why not step back and take some time out for self-recollection?

Spend a rejuvenating week in our serene mountain community, in the company of others who wrestle with similar challenges, who are on a similar journey.  Let the silence and the solitude bring you closer to yourself, awaken what is deepest in your, reconnect you with what you love.

Allow the experience of contemplative listening and the practice of contemplative prayer animate deep thought and real talk about life in our world, the world in which we work, study, and seek to be true to our calling.  For more information go to Greensprings retreat.

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How Do You Love Your Enemies?

by Facilitator on May 30, 2013

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Jesus says, “Love your enemies.”

But how do you love when your enemy is

your persecutor,

your co-worker,

your neighbor,

your parent,

your child,


The teachers at Triptykos School of Compassion have spent the past five years developing a Christian approach to compassion formation through our work with pastors in Zimbabwe, prison chaplains across Canada and the U.S, sexual abuse survivors, Democrat and Republican staff members in Washington D.C., non-profit leaders, social-justice activists, youth workers, and ministers in a variety of church and public settings.

Triptykos now offers The Certificate in Engaged Compassion, a practical spiritual formation program for persons who seek to deepen their skills and capacities for compassionate living. The program is ideal for ministers, organizational leaders, social justice activists, teachers, parents, and anyone who seeks practical training in compassionate living.

Grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus, this program transforms the desire to love God, self, and others into practical actions that heal oneself, individuals, families, organizations, and the larger world. Taught by Mark Yaconelli, Dr. Frank Rogers, and Dr. Andy Dreitcer from Claremont Lincoln’s Center for Engaged Compassion, the Certificate in Engaged Compassion offers a mixture of retreat, one-on-one spiritual direction, online instruction, weekly spiritual practices, group processes, readings, and radical Christian teachings for personal and social transformation.

The course is available for CEU and academic graduate credit through Claremont Lincoln University. It includes an opening retreat in beautiful Burlingame, Calif. Jan. 23-26, 2014, twelve weeks of online instruction, and a closing retreat Apr. 24-27, 2014.

Click here for more information.

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Spiritual Guide Intensive with Mark Yaconelli

by Facilitator on May 20, 2013

Becoming a Spiritual Guide

A Three Month Leadership Intensive

with Mark Yaconelli




Becoming a Spiritual Guide is an intensive three month program designed and led by author, spiritual director, retreat leader, and veteran minister Mark Yaconelli. Through contemplative retreats, practical teaching, spiritual direction, weekly spiritual practices, engaging group discussions, online correspondence, and selected readings participants will:

  • Deepen their experience of and relationship with the God of Jesus
  • Grow in practice and knowledge of the Christian spiritual arts: prayer, discernment contemplative listening, and compassionate action
  • Learn a variety of spiritual exercises, disciplines, and compassion practices for use with individuals and groups
  • Experience a variety of discernment practices and processes for use within churches, non-profits, and other organizations that seek the Spirit’s guidance
  • Gain personal guidance and clarity on vocational gifts and calling
  • Learn how to hold and heal relational conflicts and personal wounds
  • Learn leadership skills for guiding others in prayer, spiritual practice, discernment, and compassionate action
  • Gain a set of skills, methods, and processes for forming communities that are creative, compassionate, and attentive to the Spirit


Becoming a Spiritual Guide is a personal, practical, and transformative program that is grounded in Christian spiritual growth. The program includes:

  • Two (beginning and closing), three-day retreats led by Mark Yaconelli and a team of trained spiritual directors and worship leaders
  • Twelve weeks of guided spiritual practice
  • Twelve weeks of online teaching and live online discussions with Mark Yaconelli
  • Weekly, individual spiritual direction and counseling
  • Weekly online conversation and support from other program participants
  • A handbook of spiritual practices, exercises, discernment processes, formation programs and methods for leading individuals and groups

ywm-nywc-11Opening Retreat: The Inner-Work of Spiritual Leadership. The primary gift of a spiritual guide is their experience as a spiritual seeker. This opening three-day retreat takes place in a contemplative setting with regular moments of silence, solitude, spiritual direction, guided practices, talks by Mark Yaconelli, and morning and evening worship. Just as Jesus went to the lakeside or up on the mountain to dwell with God, the presentations and exercises for this opening retreat will seek to help participants discern, develop, and deepen their own particular and unique experience of God’s love. The retreat promises to be not only transformational but practical in the way it empowers participants to claim their own unique path of Christian growth.

Closing Retreat: Guiding the Beloved Community. In the closing three-day retreat we will look outward and explore processes and practices that facilitate spiritual growth in communities. In particular we will explore: discernment processes (“How do we help individuals and communities listen and radically respond to God’s spirit?”); spiritual growth practices (“What kind of cultures, leadership, and programs transform and free people to practice the spiritual path of Jesus?”); conflict-resolution (“What practices help a community address unresolved conflict?”); and outreach (“How do we use the skills of spiritual leadership to benefit and address the suffering, and to celebrate the gifts within our communities?”).

For fees, dates, and application information go here.

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Andy Dreitcer was an invited presenter-participant at a staff in-service gathering of Brown University’s neuroscience-related “Contemplative Development Mapping Project (CDMP)” January 3-5, at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre MA. (For a description of the CDMP, see this interview with its director.) His presentation, “Roles of Imaginal-Affective Relationality in Compassion-Oriented Christian Contemplative Practices” was the group’s introduction to practices within the Abrahamic traditions, was followed by presentations on Muslim and Jewish practices, and was preceded by presentations on Dharmic practices. Until this gathering, the CDMP had focused on neuroscientifically “mapping” only Buddhist practices.

In March, Dreitcer was the guest speaker for Stanford’s compassion-cultivation training program. His presentation focused on the nature of compassion-formation within Christian contemplative practices.

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