School of Spiritual Direction

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Year 3 - Postgraduate

The School of Spiritual Direction Year 3, is a post-graduate class for graduates of our 2-year certificate program. It is formatted as a five module, one day class. This year of study is designed for those who desire additional training in the ministry of spiritual direction.

As with our two-year certificate program, this course is divided equally between emphasis on and engagement with our own personal spiritual formation and continuing to grow in the knowledge and skills of spiritual direction. Successful completion of Yr 1 and Yr 2 and actively offering direction to others are prerequisites for this third year.

The 5 Modules

  • Module 1 – Our Ongoing Story: Narrative Work

    We reconnect with each other through sharing our ongoing personal journeys and our journeys as directors

  • Module 2 – Soul Making: How Our Lives are Formed

    We emphasize our continued formation into the image of Christ and our companioning of others on that same journey. We explore some of the connections between spiritual direction and psychology.

  • Module 3 – Desire: Our Bus Ticket Home

    Noticing and uncovering desire is one of our main focuses in spiritual direction. Through Curt Thompson’s book, we explore the neuroscience of desire.

  • Module 4 – Contemplative Prayer: The Silence that Transforms

    We take a deeper dive into the invitation and practice of contemplative prayer.

  • Module 5 – Stages of Faith: The Triple Way

    Belden Lane takes us on his very personal journey through the classical stages of formation: Purgative, Illuminative, and Union.


Students will have two group supervisions in each module. Each student will offer a direction session for supervision 1-2 times a year, depending on the size of the cohort.

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Online Cohorts

In-Person and Hybrid Cohorts*


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

Year 3 - Postgraduate Cost Overview

The cost for Year 3 is $1200 with a $100 non-refundable deposit. You can pay the entire cost up front or you can elect to pay the balance of $1100 in 8 consecutive monthly payments of $137.50 at the beginning of each month. The first installment is due before the first module.