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.  

The tuition fee for the 2019 Year 2 cohort remains at €1750 which includes the training days over 5 modules, supervision sessions, contact with the teachers between modules, and the main portion of the catering. If we decide (as a group) to include a retreat, this will involve an extra cost.

The first step in the registration process is to indicate your intent along with an accompanying discernment conversation with one of the team. A deposit of €400 to our Sustainable Faith bank account will complete your registration. The balance of 9 equal monthly payments of €150 or 3 quarterly payments of €450 may be paid beginning 01 October 2019.

SCHEDULE: Amsterdam Year 2

  • 11 & 12 October 2019

  • 6 & 7 December 2019

  • 7 & 8 February 2020

  • 3 & 4 April 2020

  • 5 & 6 June 2020





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.