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.
Notes on the course dates
* Module 1 & 3 run from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. The other modules meet all day, including Friday evening.
Information on Year 2
Module 1 retreat*
19 - 22 Sept 2019
15 & 16 November 2019
Module 3 retreat*
23 - 26 Jan 2020
27 & 28 March 2020
22 & 23 May 2020
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 and supervision
Read and reflect on the core books
Submit reports that summarize your learning
The tuition fee for the 2019-2020 course will be announced before the end of March.
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.
We limit the size of the cohort to a maximum of 12 participants.
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 diverse 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.