First 6 Months of the Spiritual Direction Certificate 2-year program 

Basics of Spiritual Direction

  • Personal formation through theological and spiritual growth.

  • Spiritual listening skill development. 

  • Review history of contemplative spirituality, and the mystics: theology and practice. 

  • Introduction to tools for discernment, self-discovery and transformation such as Myers–Briggs Type Indicator, the Enneagram, clearness committee, Tarot, and Ignatian discernment.

  • Learn about contemplative and devotional practices, such as those in Celtic, Desert, Natural, and Creation spiritualities.

  • Explore the arts in spirituality.

  • Continue to develop personal formation and identity through theological and spiritual growth.

  • Continue to learn and practice spiritual listening skills and the structure of the companioning relationship. 

  • Review ancestors/siblings of Spiritual Direction work: contemplative spirituality, the mystics, theology and practice. 

  • Engage with contemplative and devotional spiritual practices, such as those in  Wiccan, reconstructed Pagan, and indigenous spiritualities.

  • Evaluate and apply more tools and arts, including exploring scriptures (defined broadly) for spiritual direction. 

  • Put Spiritual Direction into contemporary social contexts through discerned action for social transformation: spiritual life and practice as a call to service and justice in our world.