Find a Spiritual Director/Companion Guide

Find a spiritual companion, spiritual director, or life coach to help you on your journey.

Are you ready to take the steps to find a spiritual director/companion? 

Locating and interviewing a spiritual director or spiritual companion is an important step in your spiritual journey. SDI’s desire is to provide an easy, inviting way for seekers to find a spiritual director or spiritual companion, to find a training program, and/or a retreat center. We also help existing spiritual directors and companions find supervisors and additional training resources.

About the FASC Guide

To aid your process in finding a spiritual director or spiritual companion, SDI offers this resource to help you locate and reach out to one of the more than 6000 spiritual directors and companions listed in our free searchable database below.

Find a Spiritual Director/Companion uses database software to provide a list of spiritual directors  and spiritual companions, retreat centers, and formation and training programs that are displayed according to your specific search criteria. It is updated constantly and available to you around the clock.

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Important: If you don’t get results that are useful to you, try selecting fewer search criteria to see how widening your search might produce promising alternatives.

New to this? Read this resource for practical tips and questions about beginning to work with a spiritual director or companion.

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One Spirit Learning Alliance
English
Interspiritual
Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Eco/Nature-based, Hinduism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Islam, Judaism, Native/Indigenous, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Taoism, Unitarian Universalist, Wicca/Neopaganism, Zoroastrianism
Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
Addiction, African Cultures, Alcoholism, Asian Cultures, BIPOC, Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Enneagram, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Latin American Cultures, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, People with Disabilities, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Psychic Phenomena, Sports, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Experience an interfaith learning center, a sacred community, and spiritual home to honor your sacred calling of being of service in today’s multi-cultural, diverse, and rapidly changing world. Through the essential teachings of the world’s spiritual traditions, contemporary knowledge, and emergent wisdom, we nurture a direct experience of Oneness and Interconnectedness. Our core programs include Interfaith Seminary, Interspiritual Companioning & Counseling, and Thanatology with The Art of Dying Institute. Founded by Rev. Diane Berke in August of 2002, One Spirit Learning Alliance embraces and teaches the deep truths found at the heart of all the world’s spiritual paths and traditions; drawing upon the wealth of spiritual and contemplative practices that help us evolve and grow, and to cultivating and living the values shared by all traditions: of peace, compassion, wisdom, service, interconnectedness, social justice, and love. Besides our professional training programs, we also offer a broad range of short courses and workshops open to the general public. In addition to courses offered by our own gifted faculty, our public workshops have been offered by such spiritual luminaries and teachers as Mirabai Starr, Andrew Harvey, Miranda Macpherson, Loch Kelly, Robert Holden, Phyllis Curott, Marta Moreno Vega, Kurt Johnson, Terry Patten, Adam Bucko, and Matthew Fox.
Chaplaincy Institute
Berkeley
CA
English
Interfaith
Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Formation/Training School
510-705-6745
Group Spiritual Direction
NON-DIRECTIVE APPROACH Our Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program teaches a non-directive Interfaith approach. We do not believe in telling people how to think, what to believe, how they are supposed to feel, or what to do in any specific circumstances. We believe that the person who comes to us for direction is the expert on his or her own spiritual life, and given time and prayerful or meditative reflection, can discern what is best. Thus, we teach skills to help people discern their own deep inner wisdom and to live with a deeper sense of connection and alignment with Spirit. INTERFAITH SPIRITUAL DIRECTION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM This program is designed for those who feel called to a private practice in personal, one-on-one spiritual direction, and who anticipate working with clients from a variety of faith traditions. It is also well-suited for those who intend to do group spiritual direction, and for those of other helping professions who want to add a spiritual guidance perspective to their current work (such as psychotherapists, social workers, health practitioners, ministers and chaplains). Upon successful completion of the program, participants are qualified to provide spiritual direction in the context of their choosing. This offering is designed to inspire, nurture and educate those who are called to serve as Spiritual Directors in an Interfaith capacity in our increasingly diverse world. Our innovative course features a combination of the study of world religions, an exploration of personal spirituality, and spiritual direction skills… all in a creatively infused and experiential context. ORIENTATION OF PROGRAM The techniques and concepts taught in this program rely on there being a Divine reality or a larger Self. How each student experiences and names this sacred presence will be quite diverse. Some students will call it “God,” or “Brahman,” “Buddha Nature,” or many other names, but however it is conceived of some acknowledgment and engagement with this Divine reality is essential. Students who do not believe in any Divine reality may be able to engage if they can rest in and trust a transcendent concept of Life seeking wholeness and harmony in all things. Students who do not believe in any Divine reality whatsoever will find this a difficult and frustrating program, since much of our practice depends on a deep trust, connection, and reliance on a Divine reality. If you have concerns about this, please contact the program director to discuss whether the program is right for you.
Bianca DeMaria
Columbus
OH
English
Christianity
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Life Coach, Formation/Training School
(614) 546-9204
Energy Work
Bianca is currently a Spiritual Director Intern with the Spirituality Network's Wellstreams Training Program in Columbus OH (Graduating Spring 2023). In addition, she completed a 2-year Spiritual Life Maintenance program with Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development (Silver Spring MD, 2005-2007); is a Western Usui Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner (2011); and recently graduated as an Emotion Code Certified Practitioner (2021). Bianca is Organist/Accompanist for Dublin Community Church UCC, Dublin OH. Client Testimonial – "I’ve had the benefit of doing some work with Bianca. I felt completely enveloped in love and grace during our work together. I highly recommend working with her. Bianca thank you for the beautiful work you do!!" – Judy D.
Tree of Life Interfaith Temple
Amherst
NH
English
Interfaith
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual Independent
Formation/Training School

The Tree of Life Interfaith Temple offers worship services weekly on Sundays and on certain holidays. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Our Seminary Program and programs in the form of classes, workshops, and retreats, offer an interspiritual approach to bringing the Divine into everyday life.

We are a community of ordinary people forging the extra-ordinary mission to create a place where we may practice truly seeing the Divine within all peoples of all religions.


Spiritual Mentoring Certificate Program

Registration for the Spiritual Mentoring Certificate Program is NOW OPEN for the 2022-23 season. Please visit our website to request more information or to apply: https://www.tolinterfaithtemple.org/spiritual-mentoring-certificate-program.html

Spiritual Mentoring offers the opportunity to hold another in a space of love, compassion, and acceptance as they seek to align with their own inner Divinity. A spiritual mentor creates a space in which a mentee will be seen, heard, and guided on their spiritual journey. This profound opportunity to guide another makes the mentoring process a sacred opportunity to sit with another and experience the Divine Beloved within the mentee.

​The Spiritual Mentoring Certificate Program is especially designed for those wanting to cultivate the inner presence and skills necessary for offering mentoring to those in need. This program is open to ordained clergy, seminarians in training, as well as to mental health counselors and other helping professionals who may desire to incorporate a spiritual focus into their practice. If you are interested in this program but do not find yourself in one of the above categories, please contact us to discuss your particular situation and, together, we can assess the appropriateness of this program for you.

The Goals of Spiritual Mentoring are to . . .

  • Create a safe container where the client can feel seen, heard, and honored.
  • Deepen and strengthen the client’s experience of and relationship to the Divine in a way that is authentic and meaningful to them.
  • Help the client to name, understand and work with the problems, blocks, and patterns in their life by using spiritual perspectives and practices.
  • Guide the client to assume self-responsibility, not for all that happens to them, but for how they choose to be with what happens.
  • Assist the client in remembering their Wholeness, integrating all aspects of the self – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
  • Support the client in the cultivation of compassion (heart), discernment (mind), and courage (action).

Sample Topics Covered in the Spiritual Mentoring Certificate Program

  • Developing the mentor/client relationship – establishing trust
  • Deep listening – qualities of presence – skills of attunement
  • Basic skills: reflecting feelings, restating information, questioning, offering reflections
  • Identifying the core issue(s) – going beyond the “story”
  • The use of spiritual practices in the mentoring process, e.g. prayer, meditation, journaling
  • Cultural and identity awareness
  • Working with trauma, grief and loss
  • Understanding the spectrum of anxiety, depression, and addictions
  • Seeing the client as a mirror – ongoing self-awareness and growth
  • Scope of practice – knowing our limits – when and how to refer out
  • Ethical issues – confidentiality and boundaries
  • Self-care – exploring our personal practices
  • Envisioning your Spiritual Mentoring practice – professional and practical issues
  • Ongoing support for the mentor

Dates and Times
The class will meet one full Saturday and one Wednesday evening per month from September 2022 until June 2023.
Saturdays: 9am-5pm ET. 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17, 1/21, 2/18, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20, 6/17
Wednesdays: 6:30-9:00pm ET. 9/28, 11/2, 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 3/29, 5/3, 6/7
We are open to the possibility of adjusting the times to accommodate those in other time zones. Final times will be determined by the class cohort.

Format
The class will be structured to be available in dual-mode, allowing participants to be either in-person or online via Zoom.

Cost
The cost for the program is $1800. Payment plans are available. If you have taken the program in the past, a discount will be available.

Facilitators
Beth Cohen is a psycho-spiritual counselor and bodymind therapist in private practice. She was ordained by the Tree of Life Temple in 2013 and certified as a Spiritual Mentor in 2018. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch New England Graduate School.

She worked for many years in the mental health field as a counselor and expressive arts therapist, and in the holistic health field as a bodymind practitioner, yoga and meditation teacher, and massage therapist.

Her greatest passion is exploring human potential and the evolution of humanity. She loves dance, yoga, music, creative writing, and all creatures great and small. She can often be found walking in the woods with her dogs, or lying in a hammock with a good book.

Carrie A. Ives is an interfaith spiritual director and ordained minister with personal and professional experience working with cancer and other chronic illnesses. Her program ‘Spiritual Resiliency: 5 Facets to a Complementary Treatment Program’ and her book ‘Chronically Inspired: Living a Divine Calling through Chronic Illness’ (working title, under contract with PageMill Press) both explore the intersection of spirituality and chronic illness. She is trained in trauma and trauma-informed care. Carrie serves on the Leadership Council of Tree of Life Interfaith Temple in Amherst, NH. She leads worship services 4-5 times per year.

Carrie is a longtime member of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Chelmsford, MA and is currently studying for a Masters of Spirituality at Merrimack College, Andover, MA. She lives in Chelmsford with her two partners and their three fur-babies.


Feel free to contact us with any questions, or visit https://www.tolinterfaithtemple.org/spiritual-mentoring-certificate-program.html
We look forward to hearing from you!

Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development
Camp Hill
PA
English
Christianity
Christianity
Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
717-737-8222
Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development offers ecumenical online training programs in spiritual direction and contemplative prayer practices: deepening growth through spiritual companioning, day workshops, and retreat leadership.
Brian Beall
Boise
ID
English
Christianity
Buddhism, Christianity, Eco/Nature-based
Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
2088662934
Cherry Hill Seminary
Columbia
SC
English
Wicca/Neopaganism
Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Unitarian Universalist, Wicca/Neopaganism
Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
8034224565
Education in Pagan and Nature Spiritualities to transform the world. Cherry Hill Seminary is the leading provider of education and practical training in leadership, ministry, and personal growth in Pagan and Nature-Based spiritualities. We offer the Master of Divinity degree along with a Community Ministry Certificate (CMC) and Spiritual Direction Certificate (SpiDir), fully online with video class meetings. Our 24-month spiritual direction certificate program is cohort-based, with new communities forming in April of each year. This 24-month, fully virtual program is the first of its kind, as currently there are no programs grounded in earth-relating/deities-honoring spiritualities. More information may be found at https://www.cherryhillseminary.org/academics/spiritual-direction-certificate/
Caterina Lucke
Burnt Hills
NY
Not Yet Selected
Formation/Training School
5182804420
Stillpoint: The Center for Contemplative Spirituality
Pasadena
CA
English
Christianity
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
626-385-7242
Addiction, BIPOC, Creative Arts, Dreamworker, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Women's Issues
We are an open, inclusive community that exists to form deeply grounded spiritual directors, and to live together in a contemplative life of faith, spiritual practice, and action. We offer programs to form spiritual directors who are deeply grounded in contemplative practice and faithful action. We create spaces to learn and experience spiritual practices that integrate contemplation and action in everyday life. We cultivate connections and resources to help spiritual companions nurture their souls and sustain their practices. Our offerings and formational programs are offered in Southern California, Ghost Ranch in Northern New Mexico and Online. A few of our programs include: + An Introduction to Contemplative Community: The Spiritual Journey, Wisdom in Practice and Group Spiritual Direction + The Art of Spiritual Direction: Stillpoint’s Program to Become a Spiritual Companion + Graduate Programs for Spiritual Directors: The Art of Group Spiritual Direction, Eco-Spiritual Direction, The Art of Peer Group Supervision
The Studion School for Spiritual Direction
Edmonton
Alberta
English
Christianity
Christianity
Formation/Training School
Education
The Studion offers a two-year program for the training of Christian spiritual directors. Our teaching is experiential and occurs in community, with gatherings taking place (as COVID-19 restrictions allow) at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. Our program consists of three courses which run concurrently over the two years: Knowing the Tradition, Knowing the Practice, and Knowing God and Self. Participants spend a significant amount of time being directed through silent retreats along the themes of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The second year of the program includes a practicum in which participants offer 40 hours of spiritual direction under the supervision of our facilitators.
Not Yet Selected
Formation/Training School
Eden Spiritual Care
Lake Oswego
OR
English
Christianity
Christianity
Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Grief and Loss, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Eden Spiritual Care is a non-profit organization that believes Christ-centered spiritual formation and growth opportunities are not a luxury for a small segment of society, but are essential for everyone. We offer free online growth classes, and spiritual direction and retreats on a pay-what-you-can basis. Current spiritual directors are Sierra Neiman Westbrook, MDiv, and Samantha Gilbertson, MA. Visit us online at www.edenspiritualcare.org.
Franciscan Spirituality Center
La Crosse
WI
English
Christianity
Christianity, Interfaith, Spiritual but Not Religious
Formation/Training School
(608)791-5295
Creative Arts, Education, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation
Check our website: www.fscenter.org/content/spiritual-direction/spiritual-direction-preparation-program-sdpp — New Virtual Options starting this fall. – – – Since 1985, the staff at the Franciscan Spirituality Center has trained more than 500 people in the practice of spiritual direction. This innovative program provides a mix of workshops and real-life experiences to prepare individuals to move into their communities and jobs as trained spiritual directors. The Spiritual Directors Preparation Program (SDPP) extends over three years, giving participants an opportunity to integrate theory and practice. While SDPP prepares the participant to companion others regardless of their spirituality, this program teaches from the Judeo-Christian tradition. Applications for 2022 cohort are available now! For more information: Contact Steve Spilde, Director SDPP: (608)791-5295. To view a video about our program: – – – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtwW_ESYA2I – – – To see a brochure for our upcoming cohort: – – -https://www.fscenter.org/uploads/content_files/files/SDPP_brochure.pdf
Shekinah: Formation in Spiritual Direction
Winnipeg
Manitoba
English
Christianity
Christianity, Quaker
Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
Children/Teens, Creative Arts, Dreamworker, Education, Energy Work, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, People with Disabilities, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Young Adults
The Shekinah Formation program is a legacy of the Sisters of St. Benedict’s Monastery. It is rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition and Benedictine hospitality, and is informed by a deep commitment to the interconnectedness of spirituality and social justice. Hospitality, as understood by Benedict, requires cultivating an openness to being transformed by the other – be it a person, an idea or an experience. It anticipates a blessing from the unexpected visitor. Our program welcomes and places special interest on the parts of ourselves, our lives, and society that are usually disregarded or marginalized, because we know these spaces will lead us to new awareness of ourselves connected to God, the ground and depth of all being. "Shekinah’s formation program on the great plains of Manitoba is one of the most creative and cutting-edge programs in North America. Deeply rooted in the Christian- Benedictine tradition of spiritual guidance, it offers wisdom and language from our past, complemented by an intersectional and trauma-informed approach that is necessary for our present. Shekinah actually is one of the most truly wholistic and bridging programs in North America. Kalyn Falk, who directs the program, lives this wholistic approach of body, mind and spirit." -Brother Don Bisson, FMS An exciting element of our program is the active involvement of many experienced spiritual directors, who will accompany us on our full seminar days, offering their wisdom and supervision. Interns also help students with facilitated conversations and support throughout the two year program. This interaction with a robust community of people who share the same love for the ministry of spiritual direction creates a dynamic learning environment, and sets a foundation of relationship and collaboration beyond completing the program. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds. The Shekinah Formation Program makes use of asynchronous and synchronous learning. Asynchronous refers to pre-recorded videos that will be available on the website that students can access on their own time, as well as readings and reflection. Synchronous elements refer to specific times that we meet and learn interactively over zoom. Ideally the Shekinah program will also have an in-person component. When Covid protocols allow, our fall intensive for both years will be held on site in Winnipeg. We will not be meeting in person for 2021, but will finalize what is possible for Year 2. Each year begins with an intensive. Year 1’s intensive will be comprised of both asynchronous and synchronous elements, and will be focused on contemplative practices, foundational understanding and getting to know each other. Monthly Sessions will involve a full day together online (Saturdays 10am-5pm CST) where we will explore the themes of the training modules through discussion, reflection and interactive exercises. In the afternoons, we will invite an experienced spiritual director to join us for a focus on a particular skill and will practice those skills under supervision. In preparation for our day together, students will be expected to access the training module video on their own and participate in our small group process which will be facilitated by an alumni and scheduled at the convenience of each group. Some time between December 12 and January 15th, students will also be expected to complete a 40 hour silent retreat. Shekinah will provide an online video component to support the start of the retreat, and will arrange to provide a session with an experienced spiritual director during the retreat. The location and lodging details are to be supplied by the student. At the end of Year 1, each student will have a private meeting with the Director and one intern to offer and receive feedback.
Providence Renewal Centre
Edmonton
Alberta
English
Christianity
Christianity
Formation/Training School
780-430-9491
Education
Providence Renewal Centre offers PRESENCE: Called in Love, Sent to Serve, a two-year spiritual formation program in the Christian tradition designed to help participants grow in self-knowledge as they explore the ministry of spiritual direction. Being in a spiritual direction relationship for at least a year is a pre-requisite for PRESENCE. The first year, Called in Love, focuses on deepening one’s personal spiritual life and discerning one’s call to spiritual direction ministry through a series of workshops, retreats, group and individual reflection opportunities. Participants may opt to continue to year two or not. The second year, Sent to Serve, nurtures the skills required in the ministry of spiritual direction through a supervised practicum, as well as through a series of workshops, group reflection, and retreats. Year one is a pre-requisite for year two. Providence Renewal Centre (PRC) is a ecumenical retreat and conference centre. PRC provides a peaceful, reflective environment where you can rest and care for yourself. Step aside from everyday life and enter into a Sacred Space in a Busy World!
Kairos at Parish Resource Center
Lancaster
PA
English
Christianity
Christianity
Formation/Training School
717-299-1113
Kairos at Parish Resource Center

Kairos Spiritual Direction Training (SDT) is a contemplative program that teaches the art and practice of spiritual direction – deep listening, walking alongside others, and recognizing God in your own life and the lives around you.

SDT is designed not only for spiritual directors, but for all those who offer spiritual care and companionship. Training in spiritual direction and deep listening provides effective tools for interpersonal relationships, especially when working with those different than yourself. Develop your personal and professional skills of deep listening and learn to incorporate spirituality to create a more holistic understanding of yourself and those around you. SDT is rooted in the life and teachings of Jesus and informed by Ignatian spirituality and the wisdom tradition. Contemplative spirituality is compatible with a spectrum of denominational and theological positions including those who claim no tradition.

Through this course, students will learn and develop skills in deep listening and noticing the presence of God as they practice being spiritual companions. Ample practicums and supervision give students the best chance to implement their learning, receive feedback, and hone their skills. Students have the opportunity to practice spiritual kinship with those on the margins who may not normally have the chance to participate. Students will nurture a contemplative life through times of reflection and as they work with their own Spiritual Director.

Kairos Spiritual Direction Training at PRC features:

-Spiritual Kinship: Broaden the application of spiritual direction by meeting with and offering spiritual kinship to someone on the margins, through PRC’s work in the Community Meal Program in Lancaster City.

-Certificate Program: Students receive a certificate at completion of their two-year program to certify their advanced training in Spiritual Direction and accompanying skills. SDT includes desirable professional and skill development for many career paths.

-Cohort Training: Participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring a range of expertise to contribute to your unique cohort. Each cohort of students remains together through both years, encouraging deep connections to form between peers on this shared journe

-Supervised Direction: Students begin by observing Faculty give Spiritual Direction in the Fishbowl sessions each month before engaging in real-world practice with directees of their own. In small supervision groups, students reflect on their sessions as student directors and receive feedback and guidance by the faculty. This intensive, hands-on learning process increases each student’s skills and confidence.

-Diverse Instructors: Students receive input from Spiritual Direction faculty, Contemplative faculty, and Guest Experts. Spiritual Direction faculty bring years of SD experience to synthesize teachings to apply specifically to SD as well as supervising students as they put new skills into practice. The Contemplative faculty member curates a varied and cohesive course of contemplative practices and learning. These four faculty members form the consistent core of the SDT program. Guest Experts, from a variety of religious, educational, and professional backgrounds, are invited to bring their own unique voice and experience to each month’s topic.

-Comprehensive: The monthly topics offer a comprehensive course of study while allowing for students to pursue particular interests. Topics include: Attending to the God-Person Relationship, Director-Directee Relationship, Ethical Considerations & Boundaries, Discernment in Spiritual Direction, Contemplative & Religious Diversity, Spiritual Practices, Dark Night Experiences, Self-care & Professional Resilience, and Contemplative Practices in Community.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Elkhart
IN
English
Christianity
Christianity
Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
800-964-2627
Creative Arts, Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, an accredited seminary, offers three courses for those who want to become spiritual directors or to make spiritual guidance a part of their ministry. Whether you're just beginning your work as a spiritual director or honing your skills after years of ministry, our supervised courses will help you pay attention to your inner assumptions, issues, and biases that could damage the relationship between you and your directees.

Spiritual Direction: Foundations is the first level of our supervised program and is offered in person or fully online. The second level of our supervised program includes two nonconsecutive courses offered on alternating years: Spiritual Direction: Mystery and Spiritual Direction: Wisdom.

All spiritual guidance courses are taught by Dan Schrock, DMin, who has over 25 years of experience as a spiritual director. Schrock is co-editor of An Open Place: The Ministry of Group Spiritual Direction and author of The Dark Night: A Gift of God. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Christian Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, and has completed a year-long practicum in supervising spiritual directors from Together in the Mystery. He has also worked as a pastor for over 30 years.

To learn more and register, visit ambs.edu/spiritualdirection.

What do past students have to say about our seminars?

"The seminar increased my confidence in my own abilities. It increased my awareness of the presence of God and how to help others have an increased awareness of the presence of God." - Christine Friedel (Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar '17-'18)

"Through this seminar, I'm becoming a better listener both to the Holy Spirit and to others. I gained experiences, and now an expectation, that the Spirit will 'show up' in unexpected ways. Finally, I saw that the 'desert' times in life are and can be a source of great growth." - Anne Munley (Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar '17-'18)

"The best part of this seminar was the experiential learning component. Almost from day one we were engaging in the practice of Spiritual Guidance. I feel much better prepared to continue practicing Spiritual Direction than I would have after a course that was more focused on theory." - Brian D. Johnson (Spiritual Guidance Seminar '16-'17)

Siena Retreat Center
Racine
WI
English
Not Yet Selected
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual
Formation/Training School
(262) 898-2590
Grief and Loss, Mindfulness/Meditation
Siena Retreat Center offers one-on-one spiritual guidance, a two-year Spiritual Guidance Training Program, and weeklong retreats with spiritual guidance. Experienced spiritual guides will also benefit from supervision training (offered every three years) and nourished by our annual Institute for Spiritual Guides. Siena Retreat Center, located on the shores of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee, offers retreats and programs that renew lives and cultivates wholeness.
Emmaus Formation Centre
Mississauga
Ontario
English
Christianity
Christianity
Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
(905) 334-7263
Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation

Experience deeper spiritual transformation, discovering more of yourself as you discover more of God. By joining our training program, you join spiritual directors around the world, to meet the needs of so many, seeking to broaden and deepen their relationship with our God. Our spiritual direction certificate program is offered in an on-line learning experience in addition to residencies in southern Ontario. We are ecumenical, believing God is already at work in all our lives--desiring to draw us ever more intimately into life with God. Visit: http://www.emmausformation.ca

 

Karen Ziegler
Regina
Saskatchewan
English
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Director, Supervisor, Formation/Training School
1 306 527-2738
Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Young Adults
I have been blessed as a hospital chaplain to accompany disabled, ill, suffering, dying and grieving people on their spiritual journey until my retirement in 2018. I enjoy leading people through the Ignatian spiritual exercises and directed retreats. I believe that each companioning experience opens us to a deeper awareness of God’s presence and love in every aspect of life. I am married to Dennis. We have five grown children. I am a gramma! My home is Regina and I can be reached at (306) 527-2738 or [email protected]

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