Spiritual Conversation Training 2023-24
(Mainly online with four days in-person – three of the in-person days in
Edinburgh and one in Dunfermline, Fife)
For whom is the course intended?
There is increasing interest in the spiritual journey and how it relates to living faithfully in today’s world. This speaks of a need for people skilled in spiritual conversation, living out this ministry in a variety of ways. This course builds on the foundation course Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living and is a training programme for accompanying others on their inner journey, alongside continuing self-development. For some, this course may lead on to training in spiritual accompaniment/direction.
Applicants should have completed Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living or a comparable course, or have made the full Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Consideration may be given to applicants with equivalent experience which includes knowledge of different ways of praying and basic Ignatian discernment.
If you apply for the course, you are expected to be receiving regular spiritual direction and to have this in place before the course begins. We may be able to help you find a spiritual director if necessary. It is also helpful if you have had experience of an individually guided retreat.
Practice in spiritual conversation
If you are accepted on the course, you will be expected to engage in accompanying others on their spiritual journey.
In practice, this means meeting for spiritual conversation with two people on a regular basis during the course, usually through your local contacts. These conversations will allow you to apply course learning and reflect on your experience, both with a tutor and in small groups.
Module 1 Introduction to Spiritual Conversation – Listening Skills
Module 2 Personal Prayer – Ways of Praying
Module 3 Discernment according to St Ignatius
Module 4 Spiritual Conversation
The programme is experience-based and uses small groups, role plays, case studies, personal reflection, input and discussion as methods of learning.
There is one written assignment for each module.
Participants are expected to attend all sessions. If you miss a session due to illness or unforeseen events, you are expected to catch up with relevant content by liaising with another course participant.
Mode of presentation:
a mixture of online and in-person components for all participants
The course contains two major components:
- regular Tuesday evening sessions online on Zoom
- four days in person – three of these at Christ Church, Morningside, Edinburgh and
one at Link Church, Dunfermline
The in-person sessions are integral to the course and all participants will need to
The sessions will take place on the dates below.
- Tuesday sessions take place on Zoom in the evening from 7 – 9.30pm
- Friday session in person 3pm to 9pm
- Saturday sessions in person 10am to 4pm
Oct 3, 10, 24 and Sat 28th
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec 5, 12 and Sat 2nd
Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
Feb 6, 20 and Fri 23rd and Sat 24th
Mar 5, 12, 19, 26
Apr 16, 23, 30
The cost of the course is £720. A registration fee of £60, deductible from the total cost, is payable when an applicant is accepted. The balance may be paid in instalments.
Do also contact us at the above address if you wish to make a donation towards helping someone else take part in the course.
If you would like more information, or would like to make an informal enquiry about the course please contact email@example.com
Your application will be acknowledged by e-mail. (Please get in touch again if you haven’t heard back from us in 7 days.) Confirmation will be sent nearer to the start of the course with final details.
Applicants may be interviewed and/or references taken.
If you haven’t heard back from us in 7 days, please get in touch again and also check your SPAM folder.
What people have said:
The course has given me an opportunity to talk about God with other people…I think I have grown in awareness of God, and confidence in speaking about God, through that. I have found listening to other course members’ and my practice peoples’ experiences of God illuminating.
I am learning to be comfortable with what people are sharing, holding them in their space. Rather than running away from the hard places, the darker experiences, I am beginning to feel more comfortable being alongside them with their emotions and burdens, knowing that ‘Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ is in our midst.’
Photos on Unplash by
1 Chaz McGregor
2 Luke Ellis Craven