Since its opening in 1998, Cranaleith Spiritual Center has welcomed and served nearly 35,000 guests through its non-denominational program offerings and spirit-rekindling environment of hospitality, respect and trust. Our programs and services include:
Spiritual Programs and Retreats
Themed day, evening and overnight programs that provide support and safe space for those discovering, probing or nurturing the spiritual issues and relationships at the heart of life. Special emphasis is placed on connecting people of vastly different circumstances in an atmosphere of mutuality and respect. Personal spiritual accompaniment is available to those seeking to deepen the spiritual dimension of life.
We also offer formal and informal retreat opportunities for marginalized men and women receiving support from human service agencies as they deal with homelessness, abuse, mental illness, poverty and other trauma. Through a guided process of non-denominational reflection, dialogue and response, we seek to awaken spiritual resources that foster self-esteem, hope, dignity and peace. Exercises draw on metaphor to tap imagination, creativity and resilience. With growing recognition of the importance of spirituality in the healing process, Cranaleith is viewed by our partners as playing an essential role in the continuum of social services
Work & Spirit Series
Uniquely designed programs led by professional facilitators that enable business leaders to respond to the challenges they face and reflect on their work, life, values and opportunities to make contributions to society.
Since 2012, over 100 leaders and consultants for nonprofit, educational, and religious organizations from the US and Europe have attended Cranaleith Master Seminars for in-depth exploration of the challenging dynamics they face in their work roles. Using an active and collaborative format for learning, these programs provide experienced leaders with an invaluable resource: protected time, stimulating content, and a supportive group of peers for thinking, planning, and restoration of their vision and energies.
Programs for Veterans
Our “Coming Home, Becoming Whole” program offers retreat opportunities for returning and those that serve vets to address the spiritual dimension of healing from the trauma of war, to unmask the wound and contagion of violence in our society, and to reveal streams of transforming grace through the experience of Veterans. The retreats at Cranaleith provide opportunities to come together in a supportive environment to tend the soul-wounds of war, to rekindle hope and compassion, and to reconnect to the wisdom of your heart. No cost for these days.
Spiritual Direction Formation
Drawing from the rich wellspring of the Contemplative Tradition and the Charism of Mercy, this program seeks to nurture and support those who wish to deepen their own spirituality and explore spiritual companionship with others. Our process focuses in a particular, but not exclusively, on the art of spiritual accompaniment with those on the margins of life.
An annual six-month (April to September) eco-therapy Garden Wisdom program that brings together the homeless, those suffering from addictions and chronic mental illness, and volunteers from the community. Under the guidance of a clinical social worker and a Master Gardener, the participants are involved in planning, planting, tending and harvesting Cranaleith’s garden. Access to natural beauty in a safe, nurturing environment provides an atmosphere conducive to healing, dignity and respect. Some of this year’s participants include friends from Bethesda Project, St. John’s Hospice and CATCH (Citizens Acting Together Can Help).