Courses and Workshops

With an academic background in both teaching and religion, I have taught and facilitated numerous programs on topics that include (though are not limited to): interreligious dialogue, creative spirituality, contemplative practices, spiritual caregiving, chaplaincy, theology, Quaker history and practice, discernment, pilgrimage, clerking & facilitation, spirituality, healing worship, international peace work, compassionate communication and undoing oppressions. I absolutely love teaching and actively embrace new opportunities. Please contact me if you would like me to run a program, course or workshop for your community.

Two programs that I teach and faciliate are described below: 

Spiritual Caregiving Volunteer Training

Interested in Volunteering with Elders?
Would you like to learn how to provide compassionate support to enhance the wellbeing of seniors?

If your answers are yes to these questions, Spiritual Caregiving may be for you! Contact Rachel through this site or the contact information below for an application and training schedule. Spiritual Caregiver Volunteers:

  • Will receive fifty-hours of training, over six months, to help people struggling with depression, loss, grief, illness, or spiritual concerns of normal aging
  • Visit their client once per week for about an hour
  • Meet for peer mentoring & continuing education monthly


Soul of Leadership Program

Are you seeking inspiration and encouragement for a new type of leadership?
Would you like support and guidance for leading in a more grounded, heart-centered way?

If your answers are yes, then the Spirit may be calling you to Shalem’s Soul of Leadership Program.

For Anyone in a Leadership Role:

Shalem’s offerings now include The Soul of Leadership, a program that began in 2012 in Boston with Margaret Benefiel, Shalem’s Executive Director, and is designed for leaders from various sectors (businesses, non-profits, churches, etc.).

The Soul of Leadership recognizes that leaders today face particularly difficult challenges. The commitment to inspire others while also increasing productivity and balancing the needs of the organization can leave leaders feeling depleted. Long hours and countless demands often result in a deep need for renewal.

More information about current 10-week and 18-month programs can be found at: