Courses and Events

​Below you will find information about our one-off workshops and short courses. If you are interested in training to become a spiritual director, please go to our Encounter Course page for more information about our three year formation training.

Healing, Wholeness and Holiness: Exploring the Interface between Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction

Julie will be exploring the interface between psychology and spirituality through the lens of psychotherapy and spiritual direction. It will be a chance to get a bit clearer on the ongoing question of differences and aims to increase the confidence of those in the ministry of spiritual direction by celebrating its unique gifts and possibilities.

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Network Day: Whose Calling

  • Saturday 17th November 2018, 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • £35 full price or £25 for members of the Community of Spiritual Directors
  • Developing Direction

Our annual Network Day is a time to connect, pray and be inspired. With keynote speakers, news and updates, time for networking, and lunch.

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Being a Guide on a Week of Accompanied Prayer

For spiritual directors - add to your skills by training to be a guide on weeks of accompanied prayer.

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Safeguarding for Spiritual Directors

Safeguarding training is now an ethical mandate for spiritual directors who wish to follow the Centre’s Code of Practice. If you’ve not attended a course anywhere in the last 5 years, we encourage you to sign up for this workshop.

From time to time spiritual directors may find themselves presented with a situation which concerns child or vulnerable adult abuse, either historic or current. This morning is designed as an event for all spiritual directors and those training to become spiritual directors on the issues we need to consider when working with vulnerable people.

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Body and Spirit: Embodied Awareness and Movement in Prayer and Spiritual Direction

A day to explore the often neglected interrelationship of body and spirit within Christian spirituality. We will create a safe space to practise connecting with our body in stillness and in movement with a focus on developing our capacity to listen to ourselves, to God, and to others.

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Jesus our Spiritual Director: Lessons from the Master

Jesus, attentive to both the person in front of him and to God, was able to listen with extraordinary freedom and confidence to the needs of whoever was in front of him. This will be a day to learn from the great Master: our spiritual director in the deepest sense.

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Open Door Retreat Training

This training event, for a maximum of 12 participants, will equip spiritual directors to lead open door retreats.

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Mindfulness and the mind of God:  Exploring Mindfulness through the Christian Tradition

Far from a foreign import mindfulness is not only endemic but essential to the Christian understanding of how the human person relates to the divine. The aim of the day is to reflect on the nature of mindfulness, especially as perceived from its Buddhist roots and how this may (or may not) relate to the wider tradition of Christian prayer.

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Being a Guide on a Week of Accompanied Prayer

For spiritual directors - add to your skills by training to be a guide on weeks of accompanied prayer.

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Presence in Dying: Spiritual Care at the End of Life

The process of dying has been likened to a journey. The theme of the day will be ‘presence’ using Nolan’s framework of: evocative presence; accompanying presence; comforting presence and hopeful presence.

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Where is God in all this? How we ask about God in Spiritual Direction

“Where is God in all this?” is a question much-beloved of spiritual directors. However, if God is “in all things” then this question makes no sense. What are we really asking? This day will explore how we we might ask about God with those who come to talk with us.

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The Gifts and Challenges of Diversity

In the vocation of Spiritual Direction we encounter all types of people where diversity is in and out of view. What are the potential implications of diversity for directors and directees? Join us to explore this important topic.

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