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For those with some background in spirituality and spiritual direction who would like to learn more about spiritual direction (accompaniment).


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 trained spiritual directors.
This training programme aims to deepen and extend the training given in Training in Spiritual Conversation.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed satisfactorily Training in Spiritual Conversation. Consideration will be given to applicants with comparable experience which includes knowledge of Ignatian spirituality and some practice in Ignatian discernment. Applicants are expected to have experience of regular spiritual direction and of individually guided retreats. The course draws extensively on the Ignatian spiritual exercises, and it is an advantage (though not necessarily a requirement) to have made them prior to beginning the course.


Practice in Spiritual Direction

Participants are expected to be developing a practice in spiritual direction by accompanying at least 2 people regularly, preferably 3, in their spiritual journey, so as to be able to apply course learning and to reflect about practice in the supervision group which forms part of the training.


Course Content

Module 1 Developing a Beneficial Relationship

Module 2 The Transforming Work of the Spirit

Module 3 Standards of Practice

Module 4 Pastoral Applications


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The programme is experience-based and uses small groups, role play, case studies, personal reflection, input and discussion as methods of learning. There is one written assignment for each module.





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The course will take place online on Zoom. There may be an option of a few sessions in person at a venue in Edinburgh for those that wish this, and if the Covid pandemic allows.





Dates & Times


7pm to 9.30pm on Tuesdays with four Saturdays 2pm to 5.30pm.

In addition each participant meets with his/her tutor for a half-hour tutorial on Zoom about once a month.




Sept 28 (shorter session)

Oct 5, 12, 26 and Sat 2nd

Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Dec 7,14


Jan 11, 18, 25 and Sat 15th

Feb 1, 8, 22 and Sat 26th

Mar 1, 8, 15, 22,29

Apr 5, 26 and Sat 30th

May 3



Participants are expected to attend all sessions. If a session is missed, due to unforeseen events, trainees are expected to cover the material by meeting online with at least one other participant. If more than four sessions are missed in the year, participants may be deemed not to have completed the course.


Spiritual Direction

Course participants are expected to be receiving regular spiritual direction throughout the course.


Fees: £640  

A registration fee of £50, deductible from the total cost, is payable when an applicant is accepted.  The balance may be paid in instalments.




You are encouraged to apply using the application form below:

We also welcome informal notes of interest.
Applicants may be interviewed and/or references taken.

Your application will be acknowledged by e-mail and confirmation will be sent close to the start of the course with final details.


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The Epiphany Group  (EG) is keen that no-one should be excluded from our courses for financial
reasons. We encourage applicants to seek funding from other sources and can offer suggestions on this.

Please contact us for further information.

There is also a limited EG Bursary and Development Fund, supported by donations, which is available to those in need of assistance.

Application Form

Application for Bursary (DOCX)


Alternative Courses 

Ignatian Spirituality Centre Glasgow  will offer 
Spiritual Accompaniment (Direction) Course for 2021-22