Formational Prayer

Through Kavanna House, we endeavor to help others focus on what it means to know God with a power and intimacy that changes them and, therefore, how they relate to others. People need more than solutions to their problems. They need to experience the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ in every aspect of their lives. Formational prayer is a means to facilitate emotional and spiritual healing through the intimate and powerful presence and work of the Holy Spirit.

In The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun, she describes inner healing prayer (formational prayer) in the following way, “Inner healing prayer focuses attention on emotional wounds, needs, lies, vows, and dysfunctions.  Many of our dysfunctional coping mechanisms are ways of addressing our longings to be significant and loved.  To handle the pain that comes from not feeling significant and loved, we move into unhealthy coping patterns.” Richard Rohr suggests that pain that is not transformed is transmitted. Untransformed pain leaks onto others.

Believing in the transformative power that can be experienced in formational prayer, Kavanna House is honored and humbled to include this ministry.


Formational Prayer Seminar ~ April 19-21, 2018

You are invited to experience a three day healing journey with Jesus in formational  prayer. Our days together will include teaching, video teaching clips of Dr. Terry Wardle, personal time with the Lord, and processing in small groups. This seminar is for anyone interested in finding wholeness in Christ. Experiencing our own personal healing moves us deeper into wholeness which impacts not only our own lives but those around us.


"The Formational Prayer Seminar led me to the blistering desert, then supplied the balm that soothed and nourished my soul. The facilitators do an excellent job creating a safe community where healing can take place; all in the  midst of the peaceful surroundings at Kavanna House. My personal experience with the seminar was not only a life changer, but a literal name changer."

~ Debbie Mansberger ~


“I initially registered for the seminar with reluctance; however, I had seen how formational prayer had impacted my wife. So, I did want to learn more about this, and I wanted to honor my wife. By the end of the three days I had experienced, first-hand, the healing power of God as he released me from demons in my past.  I am so glad that I attended the Formational Prayer Seminar, it has been a life changing experience!

~ Larry Whittemore ~

"Participating in the Formational Prayer Seminar was a life-changing catalyst for me to explore some important issues that have impacted my life and who I am today. The teaching from Doris Barr and other facilitators, coupled with safe, candid small group discussions and ample time for personal quiet time allowed me to unpack a deep wound in my life that I had buried for decades.  The seminar provided a beginning for me for even deeper reflection to bring me even closer to God and how He sees me.  So thankful for my  experience and would encourage others to seek God’s direction on whether this is a good next step for you!"

~ Diane Sargeant ~


"Through the Formational Prayer Seminar, I discovered I had been carrying around with me the words from a first grade teacher that said to me, 'If only you could be smart like your brother.' I believe these words changed the trajectory of my life. Never feeling quite good enough or smart enough, but not really knowing why. Through formational prayer, I was able to go back and open up that deep wound and allow Jesus to come in and fully heal me. Through the process of unpacking the wound I experienced Jesus' healing, as He was with me then as He is with me now."

~ Alice Whittemore ~
1516 East Market Street
York, PA 17403
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