School of Spiritual Direction 

Year 1 of our training offers participants an immersive, integrated and robust introduction to the ministry of spiritual direction. Through the combined experience of reading superb literature, engaging in individual and group exercises, paying close attention to one’s life, practicing spiritual disciplines, receiving spiritual direction and offering direction, students move toward competency as spiritual directors.

Do you have questions before you're ready to register? Contact Elizabeth for more information.

Follow the links to: Year 2  



Module 1 retreat*
09 - 12 Feb 2017
Module 2  
31 March & 01 April

Module 3 retreat*
08 - 11 June 2017
Module 4
22 & 23 Sept 2017
Module 5  
1 & 2 Dec 2017

*Modules 1 & 3 run from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. The modules meet all day. 



Each of the modules is oriented around a theme:

  1. Foundations: the story
  2. Foundations: The conversation
  3. Self-Awareness
  4. Group spiritual direction & discernment
  5. Journey: stages of faith

After the training, you'll find yourself listening to people in a whole new way; a way that draws them toward greater self-awareness, spiritual acuity and growth. If you're involved in any form of ministry where one-on-one conversation, discernment and discipleship matter, training in spiritual direction will reshape your conversations.


•  Attend 5 modules 
•  Receive regular spiritual direction 
•  Offer spiritual direction 
•  Submit sessions for feedback 
•  Read and comment on the required books 
•  Submit reports that summarize your learning 


The tuition for the 2016-2017 school is €1850. This includes the full cost of two retreats, a unique and well-appreciated feature of our Amsterdam school. Also included are six additional days of training, four individual supervision sessions, and enriching contact with the teacher and fellow students throughout the year.
The cost for books and for your own spiritual direction are not included. 

After submitting your application and having communication with your teacher to approve your application, you can reserve your spot with a €400 non-refundable deposit. The balance will be paid in 10 equal monthly payments of €145 beginning 01 February 2017.  


We limit the size of the group to 10 people. Your €400 deposit secures your spot in the cohort.



Elizabeth de Smaele
Elizabeth de Smaele landed on her life’s calling as a spiritual director after 20 years of vocational ministry, and it's in this ministry that all of her training, life experience and gifts converge. Trained first as an educator and later in spiritual formation and direction, she is passionate about helping others experience the love of Christ and grow to spiritual maturity. Elizabeth moved from Canada to the Netherlands in 1996 where she has pioneered in the field of spiritual direction under the umbrella of Deeper Devotion Ministry. It's a real honour for her to now work with Sustainable Faith.to impart the art and craft of spiritual direction to those who are hungry to learn.