School of Spiritual Direction



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.)


  • 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


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.


Europe Online

Closed: Roanna Quirke’s cohort meets 6-9pm GMT/ 7-10 CET, on Wednesdays beginning February 2023
22/2/23, 22/3/23, 19/4/23, 24/5/23, 21/6/23, 19/7/23, 30/8/23, 27/9/23, 25/10/23

USA Online



Closed: Randy & Clara Maranville’s cohort meets 2 pm – 5:30 pm – CT, on Saturdays
1/21/23, 2/25/23, 3/18/23, 4/15/23, 5/20/23, 6/24/23, 7/22/23, 8/26/23, 9/23/23