Core Curriculum

The Seton Cove offers eight distinct classes as part of the core curriculum:

  • The Enlightened Heart
  • Mindfulness: Cultivating a Reverence for Living
  • Crossing Thresholds
  • Integrating Your Life
  • Finding Heart in Your Work
  • Group Spiritual Direction 
  • The Middle Way:  Entering a Contemplative Mode of Being
  • Spirituality and Personality 

These classes can be taken in any order. There is no required progression. Each class has reading and journal assignments, and class participation expectations. These classes are central to the mission and vision of the Seton Cove: providing the solitary searching of the spiritual journey, and the time and space for receiving help and guidance from others.
The Christian theologian, Karl Rahner, says that learning always involves self-transcendence. Learning calls forth what is in us, helping us to move toward authenticity and wholeness. The Seton Cove has developed a series of classes that we believe focus on Rahner’s theology that learning always involves our free self-creation.

***Group Spiritual Direction

July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 Sept 1, 15, 22, 29 (T) 10-11:30am $195 (Pre-registration required.) Pre-requisite: One class in the Core Curriculum
Taking a Long, Loving Look at the Real

8-week series

“As all mountains stand on the ground,
As all trees root in the soil,
As all rivers flow to the sea, 
There’s a substance under all life
That joins us and holds us up.”  ~ Mark Nepo, Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living
In this group we will look at what it means to develop a compassionate heart and to see life from a contemplative stance. The contemplative sees life as it is and not as she imagines it to be or wishes it to be.  We will draw on readings from poets, philosophers, and mystics to help guide us along the path of equanimity and loving kindness.

We will use Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes for Living by poet and philosopher, Mark Nepo as our primary text in this group. These books are available for purchase at the Seton Cove