School of Spiritual Direction

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Primer

This approximately nine month long cohort prepares you to enter our 2-year certificate program in spiritual direction. First, we link you with a qualified spiritual director so you have nine to twelve invaluable months of receiving direction before ever beginning Year 1 of the training. Second, we guide you in a small group setting through foundational aspects of the contemplative tradition via teaching, practice, debriefings, and short readings.

Each meeting lasts about 3 hours and follows the same format: welcome, prayer exercise, 20-minute teaching, guided practice, time to debrief the practice, and time to comment and reflect on assigned readings from the prior month. (The short readings typically consist of 1-2 chapters.)

9 Modules

  • Presence Over Performance
  • Desire Over Duty
  • (Inter) Dependence Over Self-Sufficiency
  • Vulnerability Over Self-Protection
  • Gratitude Over Entitlement
  • Embodied Over Fragmented
  • Mercy Over Judgement
  • Mystery Over Certainty
  • Consent Over Control

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*Hybrid cohorts meet in person for 2 of the 9 gatherings, while the other gatherings are held online

Primer Cost Overview

The cost for the SSD Primer is $900 total. There will be a $100 non-refundable deposit with 8 monthly payments of $100 over the course of 8 consecutive months. Books (minimal) and monthly spiritual direction are not included.