Encounter is a formation programme in spiritual accompaniment. It draws its inspiration from ancient and contemporary practice in Christian spiritual direction, modern psychological insights and the wisdom tradition found in all religions and cultures.

Encounter is an ecumenical programme rooted in the Christian tradition and is open to people from any background who want to explore and develop their vocation in helping others discern and respond to God’s Spirit in everyday life.

Encounter is an experiential and practical programme led by an experienced team of spiritual directors with related expertise and training, including theology, pastoral care, Christian spirituality and psychotherapy.

Prospectus and Costs

Year One Dates 2017–2018

Tuesday Evenings 6.00 - 9.00pm

This is a three year programme. Each year has six modules of five sessions; each module holding an overall theme. There will be a break between modules but these will not always fall within school half-terms.

We will naturally break for Christmas, Easter and summer holidays. Appraisals happen two afternoons a year in Modules 3 and 6, also on a Tuesday. In addition, each year has one Saturday Intensive.

Module Dates - Year One

  • Module 1 3 October 2017 – 31 October 2017
  • Module 2 14 October 2017 – 12 December 2017
  • Module 3 09 January 2018 – 6 February 2018
  • Module 4 20 February 2018 – 20 March 2018
  • Module 5 17 April 2018 – 15 May 2018
  • Module 6 05 June 2018 – 03 July 2018
  • Saturday Intensive 13th January 2018. 10am–8pm including Shared Dinner

Year 2 will meet on Wednesday evenings and Year 3 on Thursday evenings same weeks as shown above.


The fee for each of the three years will be £1,300. In the first year there is also a £20 library deposit to pay.

To secure your place you need to pay a £50 advance payment after acceptance onto the course.

The remaining fee may be paid in three instalments (September £450, December £450, March £370).

You can also arrange to pay by monthly standing order to spread the cost. Please ask for details.

Further information

Contact the administrator,Kathy Redington: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Julie Dunstan Director

A very experienced psychotherapist and spiritual director, Julie has been teaching and supervising others for many years. She is also a licensed lay minister in the Church of England. Her passion and expertise is the interface between Christian spirituality, psychotherapy and spiritual direction.

Catherine Armstrong Tutor Year 1

Catherine has been a practicing spiritual director since 2007 and a tutor since 2009. She has been involved in prayer ministry at her church for 20 years, leads retreats and quiet days and she recently obtained an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College.

Dawn Pointing Tutor Year 1

Dawn loves being alongside people in their spiritual journey. She has been in pastoral ministry for the past 30 years and a spiritual director for the past 4, having trained at the Centre. She has also worked as a systems analyst, a teacher and involved in caring for Christian workers overseas. She leads retreats and quiet days.

Sue Bennett Tutor Year 1

Sue Bennett holds an MA in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College. She trained on the Ignatian Spiritual Direction Course at Lombard Street. In 2011, she spent a year as an intern at St Beuno’s in North Wales and she continues to work there as a visiting director. She is interested in spirituality and gardening and leads quiet days on this topic and others.

David Darling Tutor - Year 2

David has been an Anglican priest for 20 years. David was also a member of a religious order for 17 years and led quiet days and retreats as well as seeing people for spiritual direction. David also spent 11 years as a specialist nurse running an HIV clinic. David has an MA in psychology of religion and he is looking forward to exploring further the interface between human and spiritual development.

Val Smith Tutor Year 2

With 25 years of experience in an international missions organisation, where she specialised in staff development, Val is passionate about the role spiritual direction plays in personal transformation. Alongside giving direction, Val is also involved in leading retreats and teaching at conferences and training events.

Valerie Pearce Tutor Year 2

An Anglican priest and former member of a religious community for many years, I have been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction for 25 years. As a teacher, I am excited by the opportunity provided by the Encounter Course to further this ministry which I believe is vital for the life of the church.

Nim Njuguna Tutor Year 3

Spiritual director, Multi-Faith minister and Quaker Prison Chaplain, Nim has worked with marginalized communities in Austria, Sudan, Somaliland, Scotland and Kenya where he comes from. He is a former Associate Chaplain at Anglia Ruskin University and is a person-centred therapist.

Antonia Lynn Tutor Year 3

Antonia holds an MA from Girton College, Cambridge in Classics and Theology. Ordained in 1987 in the Church of England, she served in parishes and mental health chaplaincy, and was received into the Catholic Church in 2000. Antonia is an experienced spiritual director, supervisor and facilitator with a passion for spirituality as ‘lived theology’. She is currently reading for a professional doctorate in practical theology’.

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