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.

Information on Year 2  



Module 1 retreat*
11 - 14 Oct 2018
Module 2  
30 Nov & 01 Dec 2018

Module 3  
25 - 26 Jan 2019
Module 4
29 & 30 Mar 2019
Module 5  
7 - 8 June 2019

*Module 1 runs from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon.
The other modules meet all day.


Each of the modules is oriented around a theme:
     Foundations: the story
Foundations: the conversation
     Group spiritual direction & discernment
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.

You'll read top-notch literature in the field, including:
     Sacred Companions, David Benner
     Candlelight, Susan Phillips
     Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton
     Holy Listening, Margaret Guenther
     Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott
     The Sacred Enneagram, Christopher Heuertz
     Seeking God Together, Alice Fryling
     Inner Compass, Margaret Silf
     The Critical Journey, Janet Hageberg & Robert Guelich
     The Practice of Spiritual Direction, William A. Barry & William J. Connolly

     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 fee and other payment details will be posted on this page in January 2018. 

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, made to the Sustainable Faith NL account.  

We limit the size of the cohort to a maximum of 12 participants. 



Elizabeth de Smaele
Elizabeth de Smaele After 20 years of vocational ministry, a deep valley and a transforming experience led Elizabeth into the field of spiritual formation and direction. Elizabeth moved from Canada to the Netherlands in 1996, launched Deeper Devotion Ministry in 2004, and began the joy-filled journey of equipping spiritual directors in 2014. 
Natalie Baxter Strange Since 2002 Natalie has been accompanying and training others in spiritual direction. Through divers life experiences she has been drawn  deeply into the contemplative life. Scripture, creation, the visual arts and Ignatian Spirituality have all shaped her journey. An American who has lived in Belgium and England, she now enjoys living in Amsterdam.