2019 18 Inch Journey: Phase one


When : Tuesday, September 3-Wednesday, November 13

Cost : $4500

Age : 20 - 29

Male Applications available : 7/26 through 7/29



Phase I is a school devoted to the process of living a wholehearted and Holy Spirit-empowered life.  We impart what it means to move beyond ideas about God and into truly experiencing Him in daily life.  Phase I primarily focuses on discipleship, creativity and community.

In considering your application, we are looking for applicants who are committed to do the work it takes to live and cultivate a wholehearted life. We have created an environment for transformation that is rooted in the saving work of the Gospel. However, what you get out of it is entirely up to you. We cannot want your wholeness more than you want it! 





  • Impartation sessions with Jonathan and Melissa, the Cageless Birds and guest speakers

  • One-on-one counseling and discipleship with our staff

  • To receive heart tools that empower you to cultivate healthy relationships with God and people

  • To practice breaking out of unhealthy belief systems and destructive patterns, and learning to renew your mind

Our expectations

  • A desire to receive feedback from leadership

  • Humility and constant willingness to learn

  • For you to come with a vision for your growth - we will not work harder than you

  • For you to come ready to practice vulnerability and trust with leadership

Community Living


  • To live in communal housing

  • To engage in consistent community meals that lay a foundation for connection and celebration

  • To learn basics of cleaning and tending the land to practice ownership and value

  • To practice powerful communication on a daily basis

  • To participate in rhythms of physical exercise as a school

Our EXPECTations

  • For you to enter into our existing culture of respect, gratitude, joy and healthy boundaries

  • For you to give in to the gift of beautiful friendships and reject patterns of isolation

  • For you to learn how to invest in healthy relationships and practice healthy relational boundaries



  • Phase I to be a full-time commitment; every day of the Journey is intentionally scheduled

  • A full class schedule with homework and projects outside of class time

Our EXPECTations

  • Flexibility

  • Punctuality; arriving to scheduled classes and community gatherings on time

  • A strong work ethic

  • A willingness to initiate beyond what is scheduled or asked

  • An understanding that you are submitting to a structured school; meals and sessions are not optional

Creative Rhythms 


  • 6 + hours a week of visual art classes that create a platform for every student to learn a new form of expression

  • 6 + hours a week of Collectives consisting of things like: pottery, darkroom photography, videography, voice and expression, dance, printmaking and music

  • To be challenged in new ways

  • Access to studios and creative materials

  • Access and feedback from staff and teachers

  • Consistent writing exercises that develop your ability to communicate confidently

  • To engage an analog lifestyle; very few of your class projects will be completed on electronic devices

Our EXPECTations

  • A willingness to take creative risks every day

  • A desire to move beyond doing the bare minimum and fully engage projects and assignments

  • For you to take advantage of the resources and materials provided so that you can pursue excellence

Applications have closed for 2019

3. Below are the Reference Forms. Each applicant needs two references to be submitted with their application (one from a pastor/spiritual leader and one from a friend).