Shalom Retreats™ were developed by Jerry and Elisabeth Jud, in 1969, as a process for exploring the transformative power of loving community. Jerry and Elisabeth demonstrated that by creating a community that practices the skills of intentional loving, great personal healing and transformation can occur. In 1976, Shalom Mountain Retreat and Study Center was established in the Catskill Mountains one hundred miles northwest of New York City as the home of Shalom Process. It was founded as a ‘hope structure’, calling people to live passionately and with compassion in the world.
From 1992 to 2007 the subsequent owners, Joy Davey and Lawrence Stibbards expanded the center’s retreat offerings and developed leadership training programs. Currently established as a not-for-profit 501c(3), Shalom Mountain is governed by a board and management team, and run by staff, volunteers and a network of retreat leaders with backgrounds in psychology, theology, education, medicine and business. Our retreat leaders are extensively trained and experienced in Shalom Process.
Shalom Mountain offers a variety of programs including the core Shalom Process retreats, programs geared to specific groups such as teens, men, women, couples, LGBT and those in recovery; as well as retreats for specific interests such as the spiritual journey and sacred sexuality. Shalom Mountain also provides training courses, internships, as well as residential volunteer opportunities.
Shalom Mountain retreats and community groups have been established at locations across the United States.