Aurora Living: Word & Creation

The Star of the North Retreat Centre’s signature two-year program is Aurora Living: Formation Through Word and Creation. Our emphasis is to deepen our relationship with Sacred Word and renew our relationship with Christ’s Spirit for the good of creation. Aurora Living is learning, integrating, and practicing a contemplative way of living in response to the call to love and serve our global family and care for our common home. 

Word ~ Creation ~ Community ~ Contemplation ~ Right Relationship 

will transform us for a radical way of life to become agents of  a new dawn.

Welcome to Aurora Living!


Aurora Living is a two-year formation journey comprised of six unique modules offered both in-person or online. Each three-month module includes:

  • an opening retreat weekend
  • two Saturday retreats (1 per month)
  • two small-group Wisdom circles (1 per month)
  • monthly readings and videos
  • Optional spiritual direction (up to 3 sessions)

Inclusive of everyone, we invite you to consider joining us on this journey of hope and action! Do you have a higher-education goal? Contact us about how Aurora Living can contribute to your Master’s degree.


Creation: Stories of Beginnings

Wilderness: The Journey to Wholeness

Psalms & Wisdom: The Wells We Drink From

Truth-Telling: Finding Our Prophetic Voice

Good News: An Invitation to Everyone

New Community: Together Toward New Creation

We aim to keep our application process relatively simple, so if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Step 1: Check Admission Requirements 

❑ Applicants must demonstrate in their application a desire and openness to personal spiritual growth and a commitment to the learning process through participation in all aspects of our program.

Step 2: Complete Application
NOTE: To download and print these forms, please find the attachments at the bottom of this page.

❑ Complete the online Application Form, including a brief reflection outlining your background and spiritual formation journey; their reason for application to Aurora Living, etc. as outlined.

Step 3: Make Reference Request

Please contact a spiritual and/or professional reference (i.e. mentor, spiritual director, employer, pastor, priest, etc.) who can provide a brief, online character reference on your behalf. We will send you the reference link as part of the application process.

Step 4: Application Review & Payment

Program registrants will be notified of payment options/plans within two weeks upon acceptance of their application. 

We want to ensure access to funds for people in need of assistance to cover the cost of these modules. Please note bursary applications are available upon request for those in need.


Vision: Awaken Spirit – Transform the World

Guided by Laudato Si, sacred teachings and wisdom traditions, Aurora Living aims at learning, integrating and practicing a contemplative way of living in response to the call to love and serve our global family and to care for our common home.


Recognizing as common to all spirituality the longing for depth and communion, our goals are inspired by the universal wisdom contained in the Christian, Indigenous and other faith traditions, as communicated through Scriptures, guiding us to union with God, each other and creation.  

Goals: Love in Truth & Action

  • Heart – Discern our path with God in the world through prayer and reflection
  • Soul – Deepen our awe and wonder through faith-based celebrations and rituals
  • Strength – Integrate faith and daily living by participating as active agents of social transformation for the common good
  • Mind – Grow in spiritual wisdom through learning and experiencing the impact of the Scriptures and Mystical traditions
  • Neighbour as Yourself – Communicate and practice in our relationships with each other and creation, attitudes of kindness and mercy
  • As Jesus Loved – Nurture an awareness of the Person of Jesus to transform our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions into a commitment of self to each other and creation.

“You shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart,

and with all your soul,

and with all your strength,

and with all your mind;

and your neighbour as yourself.”


~ Jesus, Luke 10:27 ~

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