Grace Year is a yearlong, residential fellowship program in the Hudson Valley for recent college graduates. Each year, 5 or 6 fellows are invited to Millbrook, New York to live in to live, learn, and work together for one year. While they are here, fellows explore the pillars of spirituality, intentional community, and vocational discernment. They do this through praxis — or a cycle of action and reflection based practices. The goal of all these practices is to give fellows a year to dive deep into questions about how they would like to live their lives, relate to others, and contribute to the world. Grace Year is affiliated with Episcopal Service Corps, a network of 17 programs across the U.S. offering residential service year programs. ESC has a common application, which allows each applicant to discern which program is the best fit. We hope it will be Grace Year!
We are rooted in the Episcopal Church, but we are open to those of all faiths as well as seekers. We nurture spirituality through prayer, meditation, worship, retreats and spiritual direction. The fellows gather weekly to learn about different faith traditions and practices, social justice and leadership and vocation.
Fellows live together for one year in a house in the Hudson Valley, living, studying, and working together.
Fellows share meals and chores, support each other and develop communal spiritual practices and activities.
Justice and Service
Fellows spend 32 hours each week with local non-profit organizations. Fellows develop professional skills and leadership experience while making a difference in the community.
The cycle of action and contemplation helps illuminate our values, gifts and vocation.
What we do
Grace year is about putting our values into action with each other and the broader world. Fellows are shaped by working with and impacting local organizations.
Fellows take a step back to reflect on the impact they make, and their values on study days each week, and several retreats each year.