Friends & Sites

The Sacred Art of Living Center has connection to many diverse groups with a common vision of integrating spirituality into every dimension of human activity.

Below are links to some of our special Friends.

About the Ceile De Community

The Ceili De Community is located in Kippen, Scotland.  The abbess or main teacher – called the “Anam Chara” – of the Céile Dé is Fionntulach.  Since 2003, she has also been head of the Order.  The Celtic Spiritual tradition has been her life for almost thirty years.  Fionn has also become an important teacher in the evolution of the Anamcara Project.  Click on the Ceile De link to find out more about this remarkable community and the ancient Celtic spiritual tradition.  To learn more go to

About the Center for Action and Contemplation

The Center for Action and Contemplation, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded in 1987 by Franciscan Richard Rohr, who saw the need for a training/formation center.  It would serve as a place of discernment and growth for activists and those interested in social service ministries—a place to be still, and learn how to integrate a contemplative lifestyle with compassionate service.  The Center’s purpose is to serve not only as a forum for peaceful, non-violent social change but also as a radical voice for renewal and encouragement in the modern world.  Click on the Center for Action and Contemplation link to find out about Richard Rohr who has been a special friend and mentor to the Groves and Sacred Art of Living Center. To learn more about Richard Rohr and his organization go to

About the Center for Courage & Renewal

When we reconnect who we are with what we do, we approach our lives and our work with renewed passion, commitment, and integrity. Since 1997, the Center for Courage & Renewal has helped foster personal and professional renewal through retreats that offer the time and space to reflect on life and work. These retreats, called Courage to Teach®, Courage to Lead®, or Circle of Trust®, are led by skilled facilitators and make use of poetry and stories, solitude, reflection, and deep listening. Developed with the author, educator, and activist Parker J. Palmer, Ph.D., and the Fetzer Institute, this approach was initially created to renew, sustain, and inspire public school teachers. Educators remain at the heart of our mission, but retreats are also offered to those in serving professions such as health care, clergy, and law, as well as to anyone yearning to become more wholehearted in their life and work. To learn more go to

About Coma Communication

Coma communication is taught under the larger discipline of Process Work, also known as Process Oriented Psychology.  The main North American center is the Process Work Institute located in Portland, Oregon founded by Drs. Arnie and Amy Mindell.  Process Work operates through the deeply democratic belief that all parts of a person, the environment, relationships, groups, and the world are valuable and meaningful.  We work with a diversity of issues through body symptoms…  Coma Communications is an integral teaching in the Sacred Art of Living & Dying program series.  Teachers Stan Tomandl and Ann Jacob have been part of the SALC faculty for 13 years.  To find out more about Coma Communications go to

About Golden Healing Publishing was one of the internet’s first sites to help the bereaved. Created by Tom Golden, LCSW, it continues to function as a meeting place for grieving people from around the world to offer mutual support and understanding. To learn more about Thomas Golden and his work go to

About Jennings Center for Older Adults

Jennings Center for Older Adults is a vibrant, Catholic-based continuum of care campus for senior adults. With more than 65 years of experience in serving the aging population in the Cleveland area, Jennings offers assisted living, adult day services, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, nursing home care, rehabilitation, respite/short stay suites, senior apartments, villa homes, infant/child care and more. For more information go to

About Providence Renewal Centre

Providence Renewal Centre (PRC) is an ecumenical retreat and conference center, located in south Edmonton on 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Established by the Sisters of Providence in 1983, it has evolved and changed over the years. Today Providence Renewal Centre opens its doors to those who are looking for a Christian environment in which to nourish their spiritual lives as well as those who are looking for a peaceful environment to hold their meeting, seminar, or conference. To learn more about Providence Renewal Centre go to

About Star of the North Retreat Centre

In 1953, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate opened the doors of Star of the North Retreat Center to provide spiritual retreats, workshops, and seminars for persons seeking spiritual renewal in their lives. The Oblates are a missionary, religious order of the Roman Catholic Christian tradition committed to walking with and serving alongside the poor. Their houses of retreat offer formation in spirituality, contemplative private retreat for personal renewal, and human growth, psychological, emotional, spiritual as well as wisdom teachings around justice, peace, and integrity of creation. They also offer hospitality for groups seeking an alternative and affordable place to gather for their meetings, conferences, and retreats. For more information go to

About the Taize Community

Founded in 1940 by Brother Roger, a Lutheran Pastor from Switzerland, the Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers from Orthodox, Catholic, and various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations.  By its very existence, the community is a “parable of community” that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between persons divided by faith and culture.  The brothers of the community live solely by their work and do not accept donations. Certain brothers live in some of the disadvantaged places in the world, to be witnesses of peace there, alongside people who are suffering.  They strive to be a presence of love among the very poor, street children, prisoners, the dying, and those who are wounded by broken relationships, or who have been abandoned.

About Anam Cara Caregiving

Anam Cara Caregiving, LLC provides custom care at the end of life, collaborating with an established medical team (like home health and hospice) to implement an individualized plan of care – so caregivers can stay engaged, connected, and healthy while individuals requiring care are able to experience comfort and safety at home.  To learn more about Anam Cara Caregiving, visit

About Final Season Doula

As an end of life doula, Julie Jaecksch, founder of Final Season Doula, can help guide you, empower you, and support you in implementing your choices. Doulas provide emotional, spiritual, and physical support at an intensely personal and crucial time. They assist people in finding meaning, creating a legacy project, and planning for how the last days will unfold. Doulas also guide and support loved ones through the last days of life and ease the suffering of grief in its early stages. To find out more about Julie and what she can offer you and your loved ones, please visit