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We are celebrating our 25th year of cultivating compassionate spiritual directors in the contemplative tradition!

The Silver Dove Institute began in 1992 with a series of workshops and retreats that focused on spiritual awareness, contemplation and cultivating understanding across faiths. 

In 1995, responding to a deep call to support healthy spiritual development and contemplative living,  our founders laid the foundation for the Silver Dove Institute as an educational non-profit with the commitment to cultivating peace, honoring the sacred journey of life,  healing and interfaith understanding in service to all of humanity. 

The symbol of the Dove is a sign of peace across all faith traditions and spiritual paths inspiring our name as a statement of the vision of a compassionate loving world where the healing spirit of peace and community lives freely in the hearts of all and among us.

With the heartfelt belief that true peace comes through the deep peace experienced from contemplation as well as the choices that emerge from our sources of  meaning and values that are informed and shaped by faith and spirituality,  Cultivating inner peace and compassion combined with action manifests the fruits of spirituality as a source of healing and grace in the world.

In 1996, the first Art of Spiritual Guidance program was offered in Burlington, VT near beautiful Lake Champlain.  This first program became the cornerstone for the Institute.  Since then we have been inspired to offer retreats, workshops and new programs such as the Art of Contemplative Living, the Days of Solitude Retreats as well as the Interfaith Leadership Summer Intensive!

In 2009, Spiritual Directors International awarded a "Tree of Guidance" in recognition of the Silver Dove Institute's initiative to develop and offer an Interfaith Spiritual Direction Symposium in collaboration with Spiritual Directors International and St. Michael's College in Vermont.  The tree was blessed and planted during a special ceremony in July,

In 2012, Spiritual Directors International awarded a "Tree of Guidance" in recognition of the Silver Dove Institute and the Art of Spiritual Guidance program and the Silver Bay Y of the Adirondacks for our mutual contributions to spiritual direction in service to humanity as well as the global community of seekers and tenders of the Holy.  The Japanese Red Maple, a symbol of peace, grace, balance, serenity, beauty and perserverance was blessed by the International spiritual direction community at the 2012 Spiritual Directors International Conference.  In May during a day of celebration, we planted the tree at the Spiritual Life Center.

The Silver Dove Institute provides outstanding spiritual and faith formation programs, retreats, professional trainings in Vermont and other locations.  If you're interested in bringing an Art of Spiritual Guidance program to your community we're happy to discuss the possibilities with you!  Contact us at 802-865-2600!