Deepening Direction: From Novice to Apprentice: A year-long development course
Cost: £400 Dates: Fridays 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec, 3 Feb, 3 Mar, 31 Mar, 28 Apr, 9 Jun, 7 July
This year, as part of the Developing Direction Programme, we are offering a unique chance to develop the craft of listening and discernment through intensive practice and feedback, with experienced spiritual directors.
By nature, spiritual direction is solitary, and there is little or no opportunity for direct reflection on the practice of our craft, in the way there would be if one were, say, a carpenter or a writer. The purpose of the course is not to give more knowledge of topics linked to spiritual direction, but to offer the participants an experience of giving spiritual direction, and developing their craft through kindly observation, feedback, and reflection on what happened in each session.
The course is aimed at spiritual directors with a little experience at their craft, but who have not had enough opportunity to take their practice to a more competent, confident and relaxed level. It is open to people who have completed a training somewhere (ISC, Encounter, SPIDIR, etc.), and have had at least one year’s relationship with at least one directee post training.
The course will run for 9 Fridays over the year. Participants will commit to all sessions. Each Friday will begin with a substantial time of prayer to foster your relationship with God. The review of that prayer will provide the material for the spiritual direction sessions that follow. You will give and receive an hour’s spiritual direction. A tutor will be present for part of each session, and intervene if helpful. The day will end with a tutor group for supervision, teaching, and theological reflection.
The programme will be led by Julian Maddock, with Ken Browne and Annette Kaye as additional tutors, depending on numbers.
For queries about this course, contact Julian Maddock on firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this space…
The Monthly Programme
Returns in January 2017
For general queries about or suggestions for the Developing Direction Programme contact Julie Leger Dunstan, Coordinator for the Network of Spiritual Directors on email@example.com