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Interning with Coracle is an opportunity to delve deeply into a life of Christian witness and ministry with Bill and Tara Haley in the unique setting of Corhaven, the Haley’s “retreat home” in the Shenandoah Valley. Living at Corhaven gives the intern first-hand ministry experience in the area of Christian hospitality, an opportunity to learn more about the theology and practice of spiritual formation, and a place to explore questions surrounding care for the earth and environment as he or she learns the practical skills of organic gardening and animal care. In all, the internship is an opportunity to “go deep” into the abundant life as you learn to care for others and the land.
Although the internship experience is “holistic” in the sense that it encompasses all areas of daily life, the program focuses on three main areas: spiritual formation, creation care and Christian hospitality.
Spiritual formation is at the heart of Coracle and, over the course of the 10-14 week internship, the intern will grow in his or her understanding of the purpose and practices of spiritual formation. He or she will have an opportunity to apply this knowledge in his or her life and the life others. Practically speaking, this looks like …
• Engaging in guided independent study, in which the intern reads books, sermons, and essays on spiritual formation and spiritual growth
• Reflecting on readings through weekly blog posts
• Incorporating the practices of silence and solitude into a rhythm of life
• Helping to prepare for and lead group retreats
• Meeting with Bill to discuss questions concerning spiritual formation and theology, as well as issues pertaining to the intern’s own spiritual growth
Interning at Corhaven exposes the intern to organic gardening and gives him or her a place to learn practical skills relating to creation care and animal husbandry. In addition, the intern has as an opportunity to explore the theology behind this work. On a daily basis, this looks like …
• Assisting and learning with Tara with the daily care and cultivation of Corhaven’s large organic garden (ie. weeding, watering, planting, pruning, composting, harvesting, etc.)
• Working to harvest and prepare food for individual retreatants’ meals and group retreats
• Meeting with Tara to read and discuss Making Peace with the Land
• Writing and reflecting on the theology and pratices of creation care
Living at Corhaven gives the intern first-hand ministry experience in the area of Christian hospitality as he or she seeks to answer the question: how do you create a space for people to experience and encounter the love of God? The answer takes many and various forms but, practically-speaking, this looks like …
• preparing for and welcoming retreatants when they arrive and providing orientations
• sometimes meeting with retreatants for conversation and prayer, as the retreatant desires
• caring for the needs of retreatants during their stay as they arise (accommodations, requests, etc.)
In all, the 10-14 week internship at Corhaven is an opportunity to step back from the rush of our noise-filled world and experience a deeper kind of activity – the kind of “kingdom” activity that flows out of a knowledge of God’s love and an experience of His presence. It’s an opportunity to experience life-as-ministry and be transformed by God as He uses you in the lives of others.
In the words of a former Coracle intern, “I was actually transformed! I’m a different person.”
To express your interest and get more information, contact Bill. The internship includes accommodations and a stipend, and the number of weeks is flexible.