Six-Week Spring

Upcoming Dates
  • February 16th – March 29th, 2025

More Than a Pilgrimage

The Six-Week Spring sabbatical program includes all of the elements mentioned in the Tantur Experience.  This program is designed to allow participants to have an extended encounter time in the Holy Land during a period with fewer tourists and a cooler climate, and yet still have all the excitement and activity of our summer One-Month Continuing Education Programs. 


A special component of the Six-Week Spring program is a "wilderness experience" into the Negev Desert and/or Jordan. Other excursions include an extended time in Galilee, opportunities to meet Palestinian Christian families (some of which trace their roots back to apostolic times), see village life and experience the proverbial Arab hospitality.  

While the Six-Week Spring program offers its participants an engaging schedule, it still allows time for personal reflection, rest, and spiritual renewal, and some free time for exploring on your own or with others in the Six-Week community. 

This program's length and content make it a popular choice for many clergy, members of religious communities, and educational professionals on sabbatical.

Click here to view the Six-Week Spring sample itinerary.



Program fees include your room, all meals (including on overnight trips), all lectures and excursions, and all program related tips. There is no price reduction for missed meals, although simple packed lunches/dinners can be made in such cases. 

2024 program costs

Please note all prices are in US Dollars (USD)

  • Single room  (with private bathroom) at Tantur & Single Room on Trips: $10,307
  • Couple or roommates registering together, double OR twin room (with private bathroom) at Tantur and on Trips: $7,543 (price per person)

Apartments are non available for CEP Participants.

The first and the last days of this program are meant to be travel days for arrival or departures.  If you wish to arrive earlier or depart later than these transitional days, you may do so, space permitting, for an additional per-day fee. Our Reservations Office will endeavor to keep visitors in the same room throughout their stay. If you wish to extend your stay before and/or after your program, please contact Program Director, Nizar Halloun as soon as possible after acceptance to the program. 

You will have some free time to explore the region at your own cost. Please budget for these opportunities and other personal expenses accordingly. Each participant should also have adequate medical insurance during their stay. 


Payment is due upon arrival for a program.  Further payment details will be sent to you when we have received your application.

Payment options are as follows:

  • Credit Cards: Visa and Mastercard (American Express and Diners Club are not accepted)
  • Wire transfers: payment should be made to the University of Notre Dame and clearly indicate the name and/or organization of the sending party for tracking and accounting purposes. Do not address the wire transfer to Tantur Ecumenical Institute. Payment will normally take 5 to 10 working days. Transfer fees are the responsibility of the party issuing payment. 

Please note: we can no longer accept payments by cash or check. 


There is no deadline for applications, but we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Each application will be considered until a program is full, and may be placed on a waiting list thereafter. 

*A special note on visas: Depending on your citizenship, you may need an advance Israeli visa to travel to Jerusalem. Please apply at least 90 days prior to the start of the program as this process can be lengthy, especially in late summer or early fall. For information on applying for a visa, please check with the Israeli embassy or consulate in your country of citizenship.