School of Spiritual Direction

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Year 1

Year 1 of the School of Spiritual Direction encompasses 5 modules. For each of these 5 modules there are face-to-face meetings (virtual or in-person). These normally take place every other month over the course of 2 days. If in-person each day will typically go from 9am to 5pm (with a 90 minute lunch), whereas virtual will typically meet 9am to 4pm (with a 60 min lunch).

Module Themes

  • Story & Conversation 1
  • Story & Conversation 2
  • Self-Awareness & the Enneagram
  • Discernment & Group Direction
  • Stages of Faith

Receiving Spiritual Direction

Participants meet monthly with their own spiritual director. We’d prefer you find a one who has been trained in the School of Spiritual Direction so that you can experience it in the way we teach it, but this isn’t a requirement.

Supervision

Supervision, individual or in small groups, is a way of going deeper with our spiritual direction practice by examining, in a reflective way and with the help of others, a portion of a particular direction session where you experienced some form of interior turbulence. To help you, we have a Contemplative Reflection Form that you’ll fill out with a portion of your spiritual direction conversation.

During Year 1, you’ll have the added feedback tool of recording your practice sessions. (You’ll need written or oral permission, of course; additionally, let directees know we’ll protect their anonymity.) The added benefit of recording all your sessions is that you can go back and listen to yourself as a director, noticing things that escaped you during live sessions. When you choose a particular session for a Supervision Form, upload the recording on which it’s based. Your teacher will listen to these and give constructive feedback.

Summary Reflections

A Summary Reflection is a simple 1-2 page reflective paper in which you briefly recap your experience of the following:

  • Receiving direction
  • Offering direction
  • Engaging in spiritual disciplines and practices
  • The books we’re reading
  • Any pertinent life experiences you want to share with the cohort
  • Questions you may want addressed during the next cohort meeting

Reading

There are 10 books to read: 2 for each of the 5 modules, creating a reading pace of about 1 book per month. In our present culture we have a nasty habit of confusing information with wisdom. We mistakenly equate the intellectual comprehension of a spiritual fact with the embodied wisdom that accrues via reflection and application. That said, we encourage you to read to be formed rather than informed.

Offering Spiritual Direction

Participants agree to offer spiritual direction to two people, meeting a minimum requirement of 10 sessions over the course of Year 1. Meeting with directees from the outset isn’t premature. We learn a language in this same messy fashion – by diving in and attempting to speak it. The simultaneous combination of offering direction, receiving direction, reading on the topic, and group interaction accelerates learning. (During Module 1 we’ll discuss ways to get the word out and find directees.)

Spiritual Practices / Disciplines

Our development as directors is tightly knit to our own spiritual formation. Consequently, we introduce a particular spiritual exercise each time we’re together, encouraging you to continue in the practice while we’re apart. This shared practice will make for richer conversations when we’re together again.

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Online Cohorts


In-Person and Hybrid Cohorts*

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*Hybrid cohorts meet in person for 2 of the 5 gatherings, while the other gatherings are held online

Year 1 Cost Overview

The cost for Year 1 is $2800. Once you’ve submitted your application and had a conversation with your teacher (who gives the green light), you can reserve your spot with a $500 deposit ($100 is non-refundable with the $400 deposit balance refundable up to the start of your cohort). You can pay the entire cost up front if it’s affordable and more convenient. If not, you can elect to pay the balance of $2300 in 8 consecutive monthly payments of $287.50 at the beginning of each month. The first installment is due prior to your cohort’s first meeting.


Other Cost Information

Books, Spiritual Direction, transportation, lodging and food are not included. Each cohort will receive lodging and food information for their particular site from their teacher.