The author of the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius of Loyola, lived in the 16th Century. From his own prayer experiences he wrote notes which became known as the Spiritual Exercises.
Through the centuries the Exercises and the spirituality which flows from them have been a powerful and flexible tool in helping many kinds of people find freedom to seek God’s way and come to follow it.
If your interest is in making the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in full, this requires regular individual meetings with a spiritual director/companion.
After a time of preparation, the Spiritual Exercises are made either in retreat over 30 days, or in daily life over a period of about 30 weeks. Occasionally other arrangements may be made, and more recently some Epiphany Group members have offered them by Skype.
For more information on more background to the Spiritual Exercises visit Ignatian Spirituality.