Interlude Details and Forms

We are thrilled to announce the dates for our first Interlude offering: September 28-30, 2020. This new program is an opportunity for individuals working in the fields of ministry, social justice, and care-giving to hit the pause button and enjoy an extended sabbath. This three-day experience will be held at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC. Lodging in one of the private hermitages provides a peaceful setting for this time of rest and renewal.

Interlude begins with a ritual of blessing over the individual’s life and work and continues with guided structure that invites the participant to rekindle their passion for their calling, to reclaim themselves as beloved beings, and to explore contemplative practices that nourish their spiritual journey. In partnership with other soul-care practitioners, we will curate a space where the participant is invited to discern a rhythm of life that deeply nourishes their inner life which will naturally flow into the sharing of their gifts (work). The participant will choose one of the following contemplative practices to engage in during their time at St. Francis: breath work, walking meditation, gentle yoga, centering prayer, welcoming prayer, or expressive arts. To extend and deepen this experience, the participant will be given the option to continue their selected contemplative practice in partnership with a local facilitator for one month at no cost. And finally, each participant will have the opportunity to meet with a Spiritual Director to explore more deeply their own spiritual journey.

Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer Interlude at a minimal cost to the participant. The recipient of this extended sabbath will be required to provide their own transportation to and from St. Francis Springs Prayer Center and pay $100 towards the cost of the retreat. All other expenses are covered by Inner Ground.

Registration is now open for the first offering of Interlude: September 28-30. Individuals may apply for this program or may nominate someone for Interlude. You will find the links here for the application form and the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2020 and the deadline for applications is August 20, 2020. Our selection committee will select one recipient and inform that individual by August 31, 2020.

If you have questions about Interlude, you may contact us at