Frequently Asked Questions

Is SAT a school?  Will I be required to read books, take exams, and write papers?   Yes, SAT is a school, insofar as school, from the Latin, scola, is rooted in the Greek word meaning “leisure.”  SAT offers courses in contemporary theology—spirituality, mysticism, cosmology, scripture, the arts, and personal development—from leading presenters throughout the Bay Area and across the United States.  Our course offerings are optional yet exceptional, and you will not be required to take exams or complete academic assignments.  

What is “applied theology”?   Applied theology is practical, and, for SAT, a way of life.   Through a holistic Sabbath experience of rest, learning, reflection, integration, contemplation, and prayer, SAT provides a learning environment that seeks to apply theology and spiritual practices to work, ministries, and life.

Do I need to be Catholic to come to SAT?  Do I need to be a priest or affiliated with a religious community?  Although SAT is rooted in the Catholic faith and Gospel values, we not only welcome diversity and inclusivity, but embrace it.   While many of our guests are priests, deacons, and women and men religious, others also come to SAT for sabbatical.  Our doors are open.

Do you offer CEUs? SAT offers CEUs through our affiliation with the Graduate Theological Union (one CEU per ten contact hours).  The GTU is accredited by two accrediting agencies ATS and WSCUC:  Please determine in advance if your board will accept the credits offered by SAT. There is a $10 processing fee per each unit.