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.
Please note that our 2021/22 Developing Direction programme, along with other events, are continuing online.
At the same time, we are also pleased to announce a new strand of programming called In-situ Saturdays for meeting offline. The location and venue varies for each In-situ Saturday. Please check the individual listing for more information.
By deciding to continue with a strand of online events, we hope to expand and strengthen our connections with spiritual directors outside London and the UK. Please do consider joining our Community of Spiritual Directors if you haven’t already done so! We look forward to meeting you at one of our events!
Kenneth Leech famously claimed that “There is no such thing as private prayer. The word private comes from privatio, which means robbery. To the Christian, nothing is private, least of all prayer.” How does that challenge our, and our directees’, notions of prayer?
We may be called to accompany someone who sees their experience of church and their “spirituality” as two separate worlds; someone whose obligation to recite the daily Office leaves them “no time to pray”; someone who regards prayer - or even spiritual direction - online as “virtual”. How does our understanding of the Body of Christ inform the way we work with them?
“May he give you the power through his Spirit for your inner self to grow strong” St Paul; “It is not so much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul, but rather the intimate feeling and relishing of things” Ignatius of Loyola.
The non-anxious, centred self is the sine qua non of a spiritual director. We often seek training to augment our knowledge and techniques, but it is not more information that will form you as a spiritual director, but abiding in who you are, whose you are, and what you are for.
We are looking forward very much to welcoming friends old and new to our annual gathering and celebration.
Informed by the writings of theologian Walter Brueggeman, this will be a day to explore how the prophetic imagination can inform our spiritual conversation providing life-giving streams in the wilderness of these challenging times. When chronic crisis might engender either apathy or mere management, the prophetic imagination calls us to honest lament, practices that honour the sacred, and vision rooted in God’s greater story.
Autism is a frequently misunderstood, hidden disability that affects how people think, learn, relate and experience the world around them. Those who are Christians often experience unique struggles with faith and prayer. In this interactive session, Sue will guide us through the essentials of developing good practice in working with individuals on the autistic spectrum.
We are offering this programme for trained SDs who would like a refresher, perhaps because they have not been practising for a while.
A creative day reflecting on times and seasons and how what we offer as spiritual directors might be informed and enhanced by the seasons and the liturgical year.
We’ll look at what deconstruction is, the impact it has on an individual, and how as spiritual directors we can accompany people who find themselves on this journey.
An introduction to using the sand tray with directees in a safe way
Bringing the insights of the Enneagram into the practice of spiritual direction.
Our preferred ways of living, some of our habits and what we need to flourish may no longer be available as we live with change.
What is spiritual abuse? What impact does the experience of spiritual abuse have on people’s lives and spiritual journey?
As a potter, I remain fascinated by the healing properties that clay has to connect with people at a deep level when used contemplatively.
Receiving supervision is an essential and much-valued aspect of good practice for spiritual directors. But do we always make the best use of it?