The Academy for Spiritual Formation Resumes Two-Year Academy

September 1, 2022 by The staff of The Upper Room

NASHVILLE, Tenn. August 24, 2022 / The Upper Room / The Academy for Spiritual Formation will resume its Two-Year Academy program on January 23, 2023. Academy #42 is the first Two-Year Academy offered since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Academy #42 will take place at Camp McDowell Retreat and Conference Center in Nauvoo, Alabama.

The Academy for Spiritual Formation creates transformative space for people to connect with God, self, others, and creation for the sake of the world. The Two-Year Academy is The Academy’s most comprehensive and impactful offering. Participants meet in the same location for five days, every three months, totaling 40 days in residence over the course of two years.

“In the face of a global pandemic, I am grateful [maybe proud] that we have continued to fulfill our mission by learning to create transformative space in online settings and developing new expressions of The Academy that have nurtured and empowered people during a time of tremendous upheaval. At the same time, there is a longing and need to be in a physical and spiritual community, so the future of The Academy is both online and in person. That’s why I’m so excited to resume our in-person Two-Year Academies and to see a new community forming for Academy #42. We have an outstanding leadership team and an incredible list of faculty who embody the wisdom and depth needed for these times. I look forward to witnessing the ways God works in and through the lives of those who join us,” said Johnny Sears, Director, Academy for Spiritual Formation.

Previous Two-Year participants describe The Academy as life-changing, restorative, and spiritually grounding—a necessary offering in an age of deep division and political posturing.

For more information or to register for Academy #42, click here. Scholarships are available for those who need financial support. For additional information, contact The Academy for Spiritual Formation office at [email protected] or 615-340-7233.


Since 1983, the Academy for Spiritual Formation® has offered an environment for spiritually hungry pilgrims, whether lay or clergy, that combines academic learning with experience in spiritual disciplines and community. The Academy for Spiritual Formation is a part of The Upper Room, a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual life of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully.

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