School of Spiritual Direction

PRIMER OVERVIEW & COSTS

SSD – PRIMER OVERVIEW & COSTS

If you’re new to the world of spiritual direction and feel a need to first  experience it and grow your understanding of the contemplative tradition, we are now offering an easy on-ramp with our SSD Primer.  

This cohort will provide great preparation for 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: the welcome, a prayer exercise, a 20-minute teaching, a guided practice, a time to debrief the practice, and time to comment and reflect on whatever readings were assigned in the prior month. (The readings are short, typically consisting of 1-2 chapters.)

THE 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

PROVISIONAL MEETING TIMES

The first Saturday of each month starting in Oct and ending in June.

COST

The cost for the SSD Primer is $810 total or $90 per month over the course of 9 consecutive months. Books (minimal) and monthly spiritual direction are not included.

TEACHER-FACILITATOR

Lainie Elander will lead the inaugural SSD Primer.  Lainie has many years of experience as a pastor, Sustainable Faith instructor, retreat leader and spiritual director.