The Hemera Contemplative Fellowship Program

The Hemera Contemplative Fellowship Program was created to make the unique benefits of a sitting contemplative practice in a retreat context more widely available. In the early years of the Program, fellowships were offered to educators, artists and health care professionals. Now, Hemera will make the experience of a contemplative practice available to anyone with a commitment to service – a deep desire to devote oneself to servicing others through their work. Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older and working full-time in their profession.

Potential eligible fellows may include:

  • Educators, school administrators and staff (pre-K through college)
  • Health care professionals
  • Artists
  • First responders
  • Employees working for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or private foundation
  • Employees of government and non-governmental organizations providing direct services
  • Members of active or retired military; reservists

Eligible Retreats

The following retreats are eligible for the Hemera Contemplative Fellowship Program:

How To Apply

Fellowships are awarded on a rolling basis, but we recommend applying early while there is still funding available. To apply for a fellowship, submit your online application through the Hemera Foundation’s portal.

Due to overwhelming demand, we are unable to guarantee that all qualified applicants will be awarded a fellowship. We make every effort to respond to all applications within two weeks. If you have any questions, please contact us at