Community Wellness Advocate (CWA) Trainings

Hosted at The Nicholas Center of the Diocese of Chicago and other locations by invitation.


Community Wellness Advocate (CWA) training retreats are both instructive and experiential.  For just short of 48 hours you will experience the Living Compass process with a cohort of other like-minded people who feel called to learn how to begin or expand wellness offerings in their ministry context. 

Experience a unique retreat and training setting in downtown Chicago and enjoy everything from night prayers in the chapel to an improv performance and workshop. Our team will help you develop skills to facilitate small wellness groups and lead wellness classes in your community on a breadth of topics including forgiveness, aging well, mindful eating, spiritual practices and well-being, and grief. You will be trained in offerings for adult, parent, and teen wellness. You will also be equipped with a variety of digital resources/classes that you can implement at no cost, including our very popular Advent and Lent devotional programs.

These training retreats are ecumenical, and you will meet and learn from others from around the country who are increasing the vitality of their congregations and communities by offering a variety of wellness opportunities.

 These trainings are for people excited about integrating faith and wellness in their own lives and helping others to do the same. Lay and clergy leaders are all welcome to attend. Congregations are encouraged to send several people to be trained together whenever possible. 

 Cost: $300 includes all meals, nightly accommodations for three or four night retreat (single rooms with private bathrooms), and all training and CWA facilitator materials. Full scholarships (room, food, and all materials) are available for our fall training. 

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CWA Training Testimonial

Crystal Tidmore of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas, reflects on her experience at Living Compass's Community Wellness Advocate (CWA) Training.