A Franciscan Leadership Program

Forming Soulful, Authentic and Resilient Leaders

in Uncertain Times

Is Spark for you?


Feeling stuck in the daily stress and busyness and missing the joy and big picture of your work?

Longing for spiritual practices that support visionary and soulful leadership?


If this is you, Join Spark and learn and grow with us.

Looking for solid content, practical hints and supportive relationships for an uncharted future?

Seeking new approaches to the people problems you face every day?


If this is you, Join Spark and learn and grow with us.


Learn to Flourish as you weave together the practices of leadership and spirituality.

I want more clarity & courage.

What you'll receive...

Traveling Partners

Discover a diverse cohort of leaders with questions, joys and struggles like yours

3 Three-Day Retreats

Dive deep into leadership challenges, connect with your peer leaders, all in the beautiful old growth trees of the Alton Collins Retreat Center.

Monthly Group Coaching

In between our retreats, receive monthly group coaching with your cohort. Accountability, connection, grow friendships and support

Ancient Practices + Emerging Wisdom

Do the deep interior work it takes to incarnate your mission in the world. Our skilled guides have decades of experience in leadership development, executive coaching and spiritual direction

Sound Investment

Experienced teachers and coaches who can help you claim your gifts, develop your strengths and find new resilience.

As a part of this program, you will:

Walk away with new tools for managing and motivating others.

Learn from some of the area's 

leading experts on executive leadership.

Challenge yourself with new insights.

Increase your resilience.

Form new friendships with your peers.

Hone your gifts for more impactful


Align your work with your


Reground yourself in silence.

Immerse yourself in Franciscan 

spirituality (hyperlink)

Retreat Dates

October 18-20, 2021   ~   March 7-9, 2022   ~   June 13-15 2022



Begins 4 pm on Monday and ends 2pm on Wednesday                                                                       Cost $3500       

Location: Beautiful Alton Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek, OR. Private rooms.                               Application Fee $50

Delicious meals, Peaceful, wooded grounds.


Spark changes Lives and Work

Come join the community

Only $3500

Images of Alton L. Collins Retreat Center


Course content includes:

  • Leading in a time of anxiety and uncertainty.

  • Dealing with difficult people

  • Organizational shifts: Two Loops theory

  • How to be the least anxious person in the room

  • Soulful practices for busy people

  • Leadership and your family story

  • Contemplative audacity- going after big things

  • God, Money and You


Meet the Core Leaders

Margaret  Marcuson
Larry Peacock
Kelly Deutsch


Katherine R.

Joshua K.

When I walked in and saw the diversity of leaders from clergy, the non-profit world and education, I felt right at home as a business leader. Exploring faith-based leadership with such a diverse group has enriched my own leadership skills and led me to more deeply considered decisions.

Spark helped me connect my inner life to my public life. The best of my desires were validated. My experience counted and I grew a great deal.

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PAY for Spiritual Direction

in Aston, PA

Franciscan Spiritual Center

2512 SE Monroe St - Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

Phone: 503-794-8542      Email:

OPEN Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm