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 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.


We are piloting a brand new, fully revised curriculum this year. You can count on a continuation of much of the 'learning goodness' that you experienced in Year 1. You'll invest intentionally in your own spiritual growth and further develop your knowledge and skills in accompanying others in their growth.  

Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls, Gary Moon & David Benner
The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Calhoun
Invitation to a Journey, Robert Mulholland (2016)
Surrender to Love, David Benner
Mansions of the Heart, Thomas Ashbrook
Urgings of the Heart, Wilke Au & Noreen Canno

You'll continue to meet with  your spiritual director and step up your accompaniment to 3 directees monthly (a minimum of 24 hours). Other aspects of the learning will be communicated as we journey together.  

One of the features of Year 2 is participating in peer supervision during each module in addition to receiving supervision from your teacher. Expect lots of growth in your skill and confidence level as we journey together.  


The tuition is €1615. This includes the 5 modules of training, the catering, supervision and interaction with the teacher between sessions. The cost for books and for your own spiritual direction are not included. 

To register simply indicate your intent to Elizabeth  and pay your €400 deposit. The balance is due in 9 equal monthly payments of €135 beginning 01 November 2016. 

SCHEDULE: Amsterdam Year 2
Each of the 5 modules will begin with dinner on Tuesday and close with dinner on Wednesday. 
  8-9 November, 2016
  17-18 January, 2017
  14-15 March, 2017
   9-10 May, 2017
  27-28 June, 2017






Elizabeth de Smaele
Elizabeth de Smaele landed on her life’s calling as a spiritual director after 20 years of vocational ministry. Within this ministry 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 in spiritual maturity. She has pioneered in the field of spiritual direction in The Netherlands under the umbrella of Deeper Devotion Ministry.