Fellowship Program

Coracle Fellowship: Northern Virginia + Washington DC

The Coracle Fellowship leads you through a year-long process of discovery and formation in community with others seeking More in their relationship with God and in their redemptive engagement with the brokenness that surrounds us all.  It is a program of “Spiritual Formation For Kingdom Action.”  The world needs more people who are alive and strong in God for the sake of the world.  That is why we offer this program, so that you might become God’s joyful and redemptive presence wherever he leads you.

By the end of your Fellowship experience, here are our hopes for you:

that you would know God’s love more truly – understand Jesus more clearly – connect with God more easily – embrace your uniqueness more deeply – understand your vocations more confidently – live more hopefully – hear God’s voice more readily – participate in God’s redemptive work more eagerly – trust God more radically – live more fully with great joy.

The Coracle Fellowship is woven around a framework of twelve group retreats, which have traditionally taken place at Corhaven, Coracle’s retreat space in the Shenandoah Valley.  This year, while we’ll still have a few retreats at Corhaven, most of the retreats will be hosted at our partner churches– in DC at The District Church, Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, and National Community Church– and in NoVA at Restoration Anglican and Truro Anglican.  Learn more about our corresponding on-line fellowship here. The program will also include other key elements experienced individually and in group settings in your locale.  These elements include:

recommended readings – exposure to a variety of spiritual disciplines – written reflections – several local Coracle Fellowship dinners – a personal retreat – the opportunity to participate in other Coracle offerings over the course of the year – and the opportunity to synthesize what you have learned in a final reflection project.

All the while, we encourage you to continue to participate regularly in your home church.

On top of individualized attention to your spiritual journey and growth, we will provide a Fellowship reading list, a robust notebook of retreat resources, a specialized prayer book, and a journal for your use throughout the program.

Please reach out to us at info@inthecoracle.org with any questions you might have!

Retreat dates for the 2023 Coracle Fellowship at Corhaven are as follows:

  • Jan 7 – God Loves You… No, Really! – DC/NoVA Church
  • Feb 4 – To Be with God: The Contemplative Life – DC/NoVA Church
  • March 4 – Becoming Who You Are: True Self/False Self/Christ’s Self – Corhaven
  • April 1 – Grow to the Next Level: Stages of Spiritual Development – DC/NoVA Church
  • April 29 – Spiritual Formation for Kingdom Action: Christ in You for the World – DC/NoVA Church
  • May 20 – All Things New: Where It’s All Going – Corhaven
  • June 24 – In the World: Vocation and Work – Office Space
  • July 22 – The Holy Spirit and You: Power – DC/NoVA Church
  • Sept 9 – Discernment: Becoming Familiar with God’s Voice to You –Corhaven
  • Oct 7 – Take, Eat, Be: On the Eucharistic Life– DC/NoVA Church
  • Nov 4 – Light in the Darkness: Consecrating Your Pain – DC/NoVA Church
  • Dec 2 – Where Faith Leads: Abandonment to God – DC/NoVA Church

Most retreats run from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (EST)

For a full calendar of other Coracle events and offerings that complement this program, visit our Calendar page.

The Coracle Fellowship faculty is made up primarily of our staff including Rev. Bill Haley, Wade Ballou, Carla Meuller, our spiritual directors, and others.

Cost:  The cost for the full year, including retreats, materials, and a personal retreat, is a suggested tax-deductible donation of $1,995 or $167 per month.  The cost of books is not included in this amount, nor are additional donations for sessions with a spiritual director, which would be offered separately and directly to your spiritual director.

Fully-Online:  In addition to the in-person Fellowship, we will also be offering a fully-online form of the program.  All of the in-person retreats will be live-streamed over Zoom to any participants who are unable to attend the retreats or who live out of the area.  This version of the Fellowship program has a suggested donation of $1,350 or $113 per month.  You may indicate in your application the version of the Coracle Fellowship upon which you hope to embark!

Scholarships:  We are glad and able to offer some scholarship help for the Coracle Fellowship experience.  Particularly, Coracle is excited about and committed to the leadership and contribution of people of color in spiritual formation.  Therefore we have scholarships available if that will enable participation. For any African American brothers or sisters who would like to participate, we are excited to offer full scholarships as part of our Howard Thurman Scholarship program.

If you are interested in a scholarship, please indicate this in your application. We want whoever God is drawing to this to be able to participate in it!

*Application Deadline Extended to December 15th*

You’ll hear back from us: Before Christmas

Fellowship start date: January 7, 2023

Concluding retreat: December 2, 2023

Final reflection due: March 20, 2024


If you have any other questions, or if you would prefer we email you the application, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at fellowship@inthecoracle.org.