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.


We will not be offering an Amsterdam cohort in 2019-2020.

Information on Year 2  


DATES 2020-2021

Module 1

Module 2  

Module 3  

Module 4

Module 5  

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.