The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality (WVIS) offers programs throughout the year. These programs, which are currently offered via Zoom, are aligned with our mission of providing opportunities for deepening mindfulness, prayer practice, interior peace, and for integrating moral and ethical values.

WVIS also offers programs for continuing education and/or CEU credits as applicable, for social workers, registered nurses, licensed professional counselors, and spiritual directors.

QUESTIONS: Do you have a question? Email the individual listed with the program or retreat for additional information or email wvisreg@gmail.com.

All times indicated for all programs are Eastern Time unless otherwise noted.

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Transitions: Danger or Opportunity

(Conference offered via Zoom)
Saturday, March 9, 2024
8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Presented by:
Sister Carole Riley, CDP, Ph. D, AAPC-Fellow, LPC, ALPS

During life transitions, we often find ourselves in what is known as “liminal space.” The word liminality comes from the Latin word “limen” which means threshold. New thresholds or being in some form of transition (geographical, emotional, physical, or situational) describes the life experience for all of us.

Understanding how to experience the transition process healthily, can make the difference to whether we see the transition as an opportunity or a threat/crisis. During this Zoom conference, we will explore the work of several noted theorists whose work on healthy transition can serve as a guide.

Offering: $50.00 (includes materials, and certificate)

CEUs will be requested and/or are approved for:
Social Workers – SW, Registered Nurses – RN, and Licensed Professional Counselors – LPC (5.0 CEUs)

Abiding in Hope

A 5-Week Group Spiritual Direction Program via Zoom
Tuesday evenings, February 20, 27 and March 5, 12, and 19 from 6:30 – 7:30 EST.

Offered by:
Cindy Boland, M.A. WVIS Associate Spiritual Director Intern

Is hoping futile when things are beyond hope?  Cynthia Bourgeault in her book, Mystical Hope, notes hope has traditionally been pinned to outcomes; viewed as an optimistic feeling or willingness to go on with a sense that things will get better.

However, she questions where this view of hope leaves us when it appears God has abandoned us. She offers instead another kind of hope represented in the bible and understood by mystics of many traditions. Not only does she challenge your thinking, but through her deft writing draws you toward an experience of the deep inner wellspring that hope is…an abiding state of being, a pulse and quality of “aliveness” that moves us forward and surpasses any feeling that results from a happy outcome. 

Come and join this 5-week journey toward a deeper understanding of:

  • how to recognize this hope in our lives,
  • where it comes from,
  • how to deepen it through prayer, and
  • how to carry it into the world as a source of strength and renewal.

Each evening we will share and prayerfully reflect on her book’s meaning in our life experiences.  Everything shared will be confidential in the group.


Offering: $20.00 plus the cost of the book (purchased separately)

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Little Pieces of Light: Darkness and Personal Growth

5-week Group Spiritual Program offered via Zoom
Tuesday evenings, February 20, 27, March 5, 12, and 19th 2024
7:00 – 8:30 pm Eastern

Offered by: Michael Lisowski, WVIS Spiritual Director Intern

Morning will come! Dawn’s light will pierce the darkness!  “Life does not always unfold as we wish. All sorts of disappointments, obstacles, painful incongruities, unfair circumstances, and harsh events hit us with force. Illness, accidents, termination of relationships, depression, financial dilemmas, deaths – and sorrows of all sorts… knock us off our inner and outer moorings.  When this happens, light-filled happiness buries itself in a murky landscape inside us.” However, God’s light has not abandoned you. Morning will come!

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you…” [Eph 1:18]

Join us this Lent for a 5-week group spiritual direction experience. We will explore the meaning and purpose of spiritual darkness and seek the little piece of light amongst the murkiness of life’s uncertainty.


Offering: $20 plus the cost of the book which should be purchased separately.

Can You Drink the Cup

5-week Group Spiritual Program offered via Zoom
Wednesday afternoons, February 21, 28, March 6, 13, and 20th 2024
1:00 – 2:15 pm Eastern

Offered by: Reverend Beth Mallozzi, WVIS Spiritual Director Intern

You are invited to participate in a Five Week Group Spiritual Exploration that is being held both in person & via Zoom. The Chalice brings us to Jesus’ Last Supper for remembrance and meaning. Like the disciples at the table, we are thirsty for what is offered in the cup.

Nouwen invites us to Hold, Lift, and Drink the Cup. During our time together, we will look at our own life’s cup, holding & seeking to know deeply what sorrow and joy we drink. We will count the blessings as we lift, celebrate, and share with others what life offers to us. How do you drink the Cup of Salvation? How do we drink of ALL that God has put into our own story?

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 18, 2024. To register for this program, contact Reverend Mallozzi at beth.mallozzi@gmail.com.

Offering: A $20 to WVIS is requested. Click the button below to go to the Donation page. Click the GIVE button and select this program from the dropdown menu.

Please note the book is to be purchased separately.

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Little Pieces of Light:
Darkness and Personal Growth

5-Week Group Spiritual Program via Zoom
Thursday evenings, February 15, 22, 29, and March 7 and 14 from 6:30 – 7:30 EST.

Offered by:
Sr. Charlene Schaff, CDP, Spiritual Director

Little Pieces of Light is about seeing the light in the dark areas of our lives.  It gives us hope that we can go through dark times and re-discover the ‘light’ that we need to move forward.  It touches the heart and moves us to see that darkness has a positive role in personal growth.

Darkness provides a “cocoon-like” space, where we, like the caterpillar, wait patiently for the transforming power of new life to develop.

This small book by Joyce Rupp teaches a powerful message of hope in showing all who live with darkness to look for the light in themselves and others to give us comfort and guidance along a sometimes dim journey of life.

Join us this Lent for a 5-week group spiritual direction experience. We will explore the meaning and purpose of spiritual darkness and seek the little piece of light amongst the murkiness of life’s uncertainty.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 14, 2024

    Offering: $20.00 (includes all materials)

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    Tuesday Merton Chapter Meetings

    (Conference offered via Zoom)
    3rd Tuesdays
    7:00 am – 8:30 pm Eastern

    For more information and to be added to the monthly reminder email, contact Fr. Bill Petro at frbpetro42@gmail.com

    March Gladness

    Celebrate the Spirit 12-Step Recovery Monthly Meeting

    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or via Zoom
    Saturday, April 27th
    Spring Fling: Hope and Wholeness to New Life
    10:30 am – 1:30 pm Eastern
    Download the flyer for details