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What is it?

The Intimacy Project is an eight month journey into your life with God, creating space and time for what you say is most important to you. Over five weekends, you will experience a rhythm of learning contemplative practices, spending time alone in reflection and the opportunity to process your experience in a safe group setting. But this is so much more than a “learning” experience. It results in changes in your inner life with God and yourself which changes your outer life with God and others. This course speaks to the heart and spirit. Healing occurs.

For those who have been through a spiritual formation program of some kind or perhaps are spiritual directors, please don’t think ”been there, done that." Although some of the practices won’t be new to you, the way they are offered is new and you are in a different place than you were the first time you learned them. This time, you wouldn’t be learning something to offer to someone else but you would be immersing yourself in your own love relationship with God. As a spiritual director and founder of a spiritual formation center, Deb Turnow (founder of Kavanna House and Director of The Intimacy Project) knows that one of the temptations is to give, give, give. Being a part of The Intimacy Project (IP) would guarantee you’d have five weekends set aside to just “be” with God. Imagine what space that might open up in your own soul to truly rest and receive. We’ve had many spiritual directors take part and it offers freedom and a place to just “be."

The Intimacy Project is also perfect for those who are sensing there must be more to this spiritual life. If you have become tired in the “doing", yearn for more closeness, more intimacy, more freedom, in your relationship with God, then we encourage you to check it out.

There is limited space as we feel this work is best done in small groups so there is the opportunity to build intimate community. There are a total of eight (8) spaces in each scheduled cohort.

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What is the format?

The five retreats include a rhythm of brief times of teaching (via Zoom), periods of silence and solitude and reflection (alone, off of Zoom), and the opportunity to process in community (via Zoom). Cohort participants will have work between retreats (continuing to sit in the practices, a very brief weekly journaling piece, several books to read and an integrative paper between each retreat).  

Because the cohort format requires a greater commitment of time, an application and interview are required for all prospective participants. To begin the process, please click on Scheduled Cohorts and Applications to download an application. Upon receipt and review of your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview (by phone , FaceTime or Zoom).

Participant cost is $2,000 per person. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The balance of the cost can be paid in installment payments. We are committed to individuals who are called to Kavanna’s programs being able to participate so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if financial assistance may be needed.