School of Spiritual Direction
YEAR 2 OVERVIEW & COSTS
SSD – YEAR 2 OVERVIEW & COSTS
Directly below is a brief thematic overview of each module’s focus as well as a general description of the work overall involved for Year 2. Our 5 face-to-face meetings (virtual or in-person) normally occur every other month over the course of 2 days. If in-person, these typically meet from 9am-5pm (with 90 min for lunch). If virtual, the normal meeting time is 9am-4pm (with 60 min for lunch). Successful completion of Year 1 is a prerequisite for Year 2.
At the right you can find out more about LOCATIONS & DATES, and how to REGISTER.
Below you can find out more about COSTS.
MODULE OBJECTIVES & THEMES
Each module has specific objectives, but three meta-objectives for all modules are: 1) acquire a theological foundation for the ministry of spiritual direction; 2) deepen our own spiritual formation through contemplative practices; 3) grow in skills needed for spiritual direction.
1 Kingdom of God & Spiritual Formation
2 Image of God & Humankind
3 Discernment & The Spirit
4 Self-Awareness & Desire
5 Theosis: The Journey of Love
Similar to Year 1, we aim to read for formation, not information. There are currently 7 required books to read and 2 that we revisit from Year 1.
RECEIVING SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
You agree to continue meeting monthly with your own spiritual director. The only detour occurs when you begin the Ignatian Journey. (Explained below)
Generally recognized (domestic) standards for spiritual direction training programs require 20 sessions of offering direction over two years of training. Consequently, if you had 10 sessions in Year 1, you technically only need 10 sessions in Year 2. This, however, is a minimum requirement. Our expectation and hope is that you’ll offer direction to 2-3 directees per month over the course of Year 2. Time in the trenches is critical to your development
COMPLETING THE 18TH ANNOTATION OF THE IGNATIAN EXERCISES
In the month prior to beginning the Ignatian Exercises, you’ll be assigned to a small journey group of 3-4 members from your cohort. You’ll also be introduced to the spiritual director who will accompany you through the 18th Annotation, which is an abbreviated version of the full exercises. Your group will meet online on a weekly basis with the director to process your experiences. (Meetings are kept to about 1 hour.)
Because you’re receiving spiritual direction during these group meetings, because you meet weekly over the course of 13 weeks, and because we want to preserve the focus of the Exercises, we ask you to temporarily suspend direction with your normal director. (You’ll only miss 3 meetings.)
SUBMITTING SUMMARY REFLECTIONS
It’s common practice for each student to upload for the teacher and other cohort members a 1-2 page reflection on the various aspects of work we do together. The particular requirements vary from teacher to teacher / cohort to cohort. As a rule of thumb, a monthly submission of some kind is typically expected, but your teacher will let you know the content requirements and exact schedule for your submissions. Summary Reflections generally take under 1 hour to complete.
The standard requirement is to receive 10 supervised sessions over the course of two years, and this is a primary feature of our Year 2 experience. Our approach to Supervision is contemplative in nature, as we pay special attention to interior movements that hinder us from offering direction and interior movements that are important for listening to and discerning God’s voice within.
Year 2 Cost Overview
The cost for Year 2 is $2400. 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 $400 deposit (refundable up until Dec 1, 2020 for groups beginning in early 2021). 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 $2000 in 8 consecutive monthly payments of $250 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.