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.

25/07 update: Our next cohort is almost full! You may indicate your interest in one of the final spaces by filling out the short application form (via the 'REGISTER' button). 
Or email Elizabeth with your questions. 

Information on Year 2  



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

Module 3 retreat*  
24 - 27 Jan 2019
Module 4
29 & 30 Mar 2019
Module 5  
7 - 8 June 2019

*Module 1 & 3 run 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.

     Attend all 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 for the 2018-2019 course is €1750. This covers 12 training days over 5 modules, 4 supervision sessions and contact with the teachers between modules, and catering for the 3 non-retreat modules. Module 1 and 3 take shape in a 3-day retreat, a unique and well-appreciated feature of our Amsterdam school. The retreat fees are not included in the tuition fee; count on a maximum of $200 per retreat to cover costs.  

Registration is a 3-step process. Once you submit your application (link top right), one of your teachers will be in touch with your reference and with you. Once your application is approved, you can reserve your spot with a €400 non-refundable deposit, made to the Sustainable Faith NL account. The balance will be paid in 9 equal monthly payments of €150 beginning 01 October 2018.  Registration is now open. 

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.