School of Spiritual Direction: Year 2 

Year 2 of our training is for those who envision spiritual direction as a more central feature of their work. It gives participants the opportunity to gain breadth and depth in their understanding and practice so as to be able to offer spiritual direction with skill and confidence. This cohort offers significant supervised experience in offering direction, invites to greater personal spiritual growth, explores theological underpinnings of spiritual direction, and addresses special topics useful to an ongoing practice within the field.

At the end of Year 2, students receive a certificate of completion and, in consultation with you regarding your desire and readiness, are welcomed into Sustainable Faith's network of spiritual directors.  

Our Amsterdam Year 2 cohort is open to all who have completed Year 1 of our School of Spiritual Direction, in any location. To enrol, please complete the registration process. Contact Elizabeth for more information.


In Year 2 you can count on a continuation of much of the learning goodness you experienced in Year 1. There will be less reading and more writing as you interact with what you're learning. You'll step up your accompaniment to 3 directees, logging a minimum of 24 face-to-face hours. You'll continue to meet with your spiritual director and  invest intentionally in your own spiritual growth. One of the features of Year 2 is participating in group supervision which will enhance your learning and broaden your perspective. Expect lots of growth in your skill and confidence level as we journey together.  

Our curriculum is in transition and, to avoid having you buy books that you won't need, we've listed a partial book list for the moment. Others will be confirmed at a later date.
   Streams of Living Water, Richard Foster
   Surrender to Love, David Benner
   Invitation to a Journey, Robert Mulholland (2016)
   Spiritual Direction, Sue Pickering
   Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Calhoun

The tuition fee for the 2018 Year 2 cohort is €1705. This covers 11 training days over 5 modules, supervision sessions and contact with the teachers between modules, and the catering for the 4 non-retreat modules. Module 1 will be a 3-day retreat to allow time for a strong contemplative element and the building of community. An extra $200 will cover the cost of the retreat (bring cash with you).

The first step in the registration process is to indicate your intent to Elizabeth. A deposit of  €400 (to our soon to be created Sustainable Faith bank account) will complete your registration. The balance will be due in 9 equal monthly payments of €145 beginning 01 March 2018.

SCHEDULE: Amsterdam Year 2
* 22-25 February 2018
  13-14 April 2018
  15-16 June 2018
  14-15 September 2018
  16-17 November 2018
*The retreat runs Thursday dinner thru Sunday lunch. Other modules run all day, including dinner on Friday.




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.