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.
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.
Module 1 Developing a Beneficial Relationship
Module 2 The Transforming Work of the Spirit
Module 3 Standards of Practice
Module 4 Pastoral Applications
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.
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
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
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.
Course participants are expected to be receiving regular spiritual direction throughout the course.
A registration fee of £50, deductible from the total cost, is payable when an applicant is accepted. The balance may be paid in instalments.
In the case of financial difficulty, applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other sources for which we can supply a letter of support; several previous applicants have been part-funded via their church communities. Limited bursary assistance may be available from the Epiphany Group – an application form can be downloaded Epiphany Group Bursary Form (DOCX)
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.
Please send applications and enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org